Progress / Science

A Community Approach to Clean Water on World Water Day

Happy #WorldWaterDay! Clean water is a fundamental right. It is critical to our health and quality of life, to a thriving economy, and to abundant fish and wildlife. Protecting our shared waters is a community effort. Every day, throughout the state, Vermonters are working together to achieve our water quality goals and ensure our lakes, rivers, and wetlands are healthy for this and future generations.

One example of this is Trees for Streams, a clean water project completed by the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD) and funded by a Department of Environmental Conservation Ecosystem Restoration GrantThe Trees for Streams program was created to restore and enhance river buffers on private lands throughout Vermont. VACD staff and volunteers planted native trees and shrubs on 15 sites totaling over 30 acres across the state in 2016 and 2017 will improve water quality by filtering nutrient and sediment pollution; stabilizing streambanks; improving flood resilience; and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat.

Volunteers planting trees along Coggman Creek in West Haven, VT,

Volunteers planting trees along Coggman Creek in West Haven, VT.

Solving Vermont’s water quality challenges is a long-term commitment and requires collaboration statewide. Want to learn more about the work to protect and restore Vermont’s waters statewide? Here’s how: