Progress

Stormwater Best Management Practices in Rutland’s East Creek Watershed

The Rutland Natural Resource Conservation District (RNRCD) is seeing results with its stormwater mitigation efforts for two streams within the Otter Creek watershed in Rutland City. East Creek and Tenney Brook (a tributary to East Creek), flow through moderately-to-heavily urbanized areas of Rutland Town and Rutland City resulting in increased stormwater runoff into the streams and increased sediment and phosphorus loading. The presence of combined sewers in Rutland City has resulted in sewer overflows during heavy rain events, and which ultimately impairs the East Creek and prevents water quality attainment under the Vermont Water Quality Standards.

The Rutland NRCD conducted a Stormwater Master Plan (assessment of stormwater mitigation opportunities) through an Ecosystem Restoration Grant for the East Creek (and Tenney Brook) watershed. RNRCD also secured funding to implement five Best Management Practice (BMPs) projects including a gravel wetland, infiltration galleries, and green stormwater infrastructure practices such as bioretention for a ‘green streets’ project in the City.

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An infiltration project was installed at the Northwest Elementary School in Rutland to address runoff from areas around the school.

Infiltration projects at Northwest Elementary School shown above were completed this past January. Final designs for BMPs projects at Preville Avenue, Giorgetti Park and Baxter Street are complete and implementation work will commence in the next few months. Another project at the Adams Street combined sewer outfall is going out for bid in March 2016 and is expected to get underway this summer.

For a copy of the Stormwater Master Plan please contact the RNRCD at nanci.mcguire@vt.nacdnet.net