Progress

Reducing water quality impacts from northwest Vermont town roads

Shoremax soft scour revetment mats and rock lined ditches were two of several erosion control products and practices deployed under the grant project.

Shoremax soft scour revetment mats and rock lined ditches were two of several erosion control products and practices deployed under the grant project.

Dating back to 2010, the Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC) used two Clean Water Act Section 319 grants to develop and offer a series of trainings about water pollution control for town road crews in Franklin/Grand Isle counties.  Each training show cased a specific technique and or material that can be effectively used to reduce water quality impacts from town back roads, a form of nonpoint source pollution.

The project included:

  • Seven workshops attended by over 100 persons from 20 different towns
  • Researched and purchased 10 new erosion control products used by 14 towns
  • Conducted one road and driveway workshop for camp owners in Lake Carmi watershed.

The project also helped the RPC successfully compete for and receive state ERP grant funds to launch the Franklin County municipal hydroseeder program.

Using state ERP grant funding, the NRPC purchased a Bowie 700 hydroseeder to be shared by Franklin County communities when helping to better control road related erosion and sediment runoff

Using state ERP grant funding, the NRPC purchased a Bowie 700 hydroseeder to be shared by Franklin County communities when helping to better control road related erosion and sediment runoff