On May 13th at 9:30 am, project partners will gather at the Cambridge Elementary School to celebrate the completion of the Cambridge Stormwater Mitigation Project, which is identified as a water quality priority in the 2016 Lamoille Tactical Basin Plan. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to recognize project partners and funders for their generous contributions to the Cambridge Stormwater Project.
The new stormwater infiltration system included the installation of underground chambers, an infiltration basin, and overflow swale to capture additional runoff during flooding events. Incorporating the chambers allows the system to treat runoff from approximately 90% of impervious surfaces (rooftops, sidewalks, and parking areas) on the entire school campus. The system was designed to prevent direct discharge of runoff from entering the Brewster River. “The Town of Cambridge took a proactive approach to mitigating stormwater runoff and improving water quality of the Brewster River,” said Meghan Rodier, Regional Planner with the Lamoille County Planning Commission (LCPC).
The Lamoille County Planning Commission served as a project manager for the Stormwater Mitigation Project, providing direct assistance to the Town of Cambridge and Cambridge Conservation Commission. Lamoille County Planning Commission staff worked closely with the Cambridge Elementary School throughout the life of the project, integrating educational opportunities for students including installing a rain barrel at the school. Funding for this project was provided by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Clean Water Initiative Program, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the High Meadows Fund.
The ceremony will include an educational explanation and visuals of the new stormwater mitigation system, presented by Watershed Consulting Associates. Lamoille County Planning Commission Board of Directors Chair, Caleb Magoon, will lead remarks to honor partners, followed by the ribbon cutting. For more information, contact Tasha Wallis, Lamoille County Planning Commission Executive Director at 802-888-4548.