On Sunday, August 21, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, the Quintown Collaborative will host a free Resilience Tour to highlight completed projects implemented after Tropical Storm Irene. These new projects will help Quintown mitigate the impacts of future storms and floods.
In 2011 Tropical Storm Irene caused extensive flooding and erosion in the Quintown Valley, which includes the towns of Granville, Hancock, Rochester, Stockbridge, and Pittsfield along the Upper White River. Although these communities have recovered, the valley is still vulnerable to future flood damages.
The Quintown Collaborative is a grassroots effort to build support for projects that reduce flood damages in Quintown communities and keep the White River healthy. The Quintown Collaborative steering committee includes representatives from the White River Partnership (WRP); Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission; Towns of Hancock, Rochester, and Stockbridge; Green Mountain National Forest; Vermont River Conservancy; and Vermont Watershed Management Division. The High Meadows Fund is underwriting the project.
The tour will start on the Rochester Green where attendees will board a bus to tour three Quintown sites: a town park being built from flood-damaged, river-front property in Granville; the new Hancock town office, which was relocated from a flood-prone location into the village; and a new bridge at the site of a flood-damaged, stream-crossing culvert in Rochester, which will be more wildlife-friendly. The tour will wrap-up at the Huntington House in Rochester, where attendees will enjoy light refreshments while learning about new funding opportunities available to Quintown communities interested in implementing similar projects.
For more information – or to RSVP – please contact WRP Executive Director Mary Russ at 802-763-7733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.