In 2017, the Town of Wolcott was awarded a $15,888 Ecosystem Restoration Grant by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to capture and infiltrate stormwater and reduce erosion at the Wolcott Town Garage and Fire Station. The town contributed $12,274 in-kind match, dedicating staff time and materials to complete the project.
The installation of stormwater mitigation practices began in October 2017. At the Wolcott Town facility, roof gutters were installed and settling pools constructed to infiltrate rain water and capture sediment. In addition, a retaining wall near the winter sand pile was constructed to minimize loss of material. Just down the road, work on School Street to reduce the impacts of stormwater included installing a stone header at a culvert, installing a stone-line ditch, crowning the road, and installing water bars. Construction was completed in May 2018.
This project represents the Town of Wolcott’s dedication to improving water quality and protecting local assets, such as the Lamoille River. Linda Martin, Wolcott Town Clerk, stated that “Wolcott supports the State goals to improve water quality, and we are committed to making a positive impact at the local level.” Grant programs such as the Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program make projects like the Wolcott Garage stormwater improvements possible!
The next Ecosystem Restoration Grant application deadline is March 11, 2019. Visit the Clean Water Initiative Program Grants webpage for more information.