Several lake protection and restoration efforts are underway this summer with assistance from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), with funding from the Ecosystem Restoration Program. One of these projects addresses back road runoff into Sunset Lake in the Town of Benson in Rutland County. Prized for its excellent water clarity, swimming, and trout fishing, Sunset Lake is a gem in the Southern Lake Champlain Basin.
In conjunction with the Town of Benson and Sunrise-Sunset Lake & Perch Pond Association, the VYCC crew took on a significant erosion control project along the West side of Sunset Lake Road at the Orwell Town line South to the outlet of Sunset Lake. The project involved public and private property work to divert stormwater runoff using a waterbar installation on North Shore Rd (private) and creating a rock-lined ditch along Sunset Lake Road (public) that had previously caused considerable sedimentation of the lake during heavy storm events. The crew also seeded and mulched bare slopes in an effort to quickly vegetate raw road embankments.
This important project demonstrates the collaborative efforts to protect the clear waters of Sunset Lake and affirms the town and lake association’s commitment to protect and defend the water quality for future generations to enjoy. The Watershed Management Division coordinated efforts with the Town of Benson, the Sunrise-Sunset Lake & Perch Pond Association, and VYCC for the implementation of this project.