Phase 1 of a tributary and wetland restoration project along the Wild Branch in Wolcott was completed in September of 2019. This project stems from a yearlong planning effort and partnership between the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Nature Conservancy, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Lamoille County Planning Commission. The project involved restoring a stream channel, wetland, and floodplain on the Wild Branch near North Wolcott Road. This restored stream channel will reduce flooding on North Wolcott Road and improve aquatic habitat.
Engineering services and construction oversight was provided by Fitzgerald Environmental Associates. The development of design plans and engineering services were funded through the Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program. Construction of berm removal and tributary restoration was completed by Alan Cary Excavating for $25,860. Project implementation was funded through the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Clean Water Block Grant. The partners look forward to collaborating on future phases of the Wild Branch Restoration Project. Future stages may include removal of the Fort Hill Road Bridge and buffer plantings along the Wild Branch near Route 15 in Wolcott.