An idea that began in 2012 as part of a Green Plan for Peoples Academy High School for keeping stormwater out of Ryder Brook came to fruition this year with the installation of two stormwater best management practices on the school’s campus. Students from Sheila Tymon’s Envirothon team identified a number of locations where stormwater runoff was contributing sediment, oil, salt, and other pollutants to the nearby stream. A rough estimate of stormwater volumes generated by the school’s parking lot and sidewalk added additional weight to the students concerns and narrowed their focus to those particular areas.
With the help of their partners at the Lamoille County Conservation District (LCCD), the Morristown School Board, and the Town of Morristown, funds were acquired through a grant from the Ecosystem Restoration Program for the design and installation of a rain garden and bioretention cell. These practices are specially design to intercept and treat stormwater using plants and soils. As a result, the school’s grounds now feature two attractive and functional features that capture, retain, and treat 90% of the stormwater runoff generated from the .72 acre drainage area.
This project is a great start to what will become an environmental legacy at the school. This work earned these future environmental leaders a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence to boot.