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World Wetlands Day: 2020 hindsight
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World Wetlands Day: 2020 hindsight

We’ve learned so much about the importance of wetlands throughout American history! Thankfully, a greater awareness about the 50% loss of wetlands nationwide lead to greater conservation efforts to protect the remainder. Since then wetland losses have drastically slowed down and Vermont’s water quality and wildlife have benefited from an increase in wetland restoration efforts. … Continue reading

SELECTING CLEAN WATER SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR VERMONT’S WATERSHEDS
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SELECTING CLEAN WATER SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR VERMONT’S WATERSHEDS

The Clean Water Service Delivery Act of 2019 (Act 76) establishes a new water quality project delivery approach to meet Vermont’s clean water goals, and establishes a long term funding source for the Vermont Clean Water Fund. Act 76 establishes new regional organizations called Clean Water Service Providers (CWSPs). With policy and priority setting from … Continue reading

Teaching with Trees
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Teaching with Trees

On October 31, Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District coordinated a hands-on experience for Julie Brown’s Woodstock Union Structured Literacy class with US Fish & Wildlife to plant bareroot trees on Howard Jonas’ farm in Bridgewater, VT. This was a follow up for a 2017 VTDEC Trees for Stream program to replace trees damaged over the … Continue reading

Saving A Class IV Road
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Saving A Class IV Road

This fall Barton Road in West Windsor got a makeover. Road repair is nothing new, but this project was a collaborative effort between the town of West Windsor Conservation Commission, Green Mountain Horse Association and the West Windsor Moonlighters Snowmobile Club. Years of erosion and washouts made travel for snowmobiles, mountain bikes and horseback riders … Continue reading

Working with landowners in Identifying Hotspots for Tactical Basin Planning in the Lewis Creek
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Working with landowners in Identifying Hotspots for Tactical Basin Planning in the Lewis Creek

We organized an Ag Partner meeting this spring with farmers as well as some of the agencies that work with landowners to manage lands to preserve water quality: UVM Extension, the Vermont Dept. of Agriculture (VAAFM), and NRCS. Our goal was to report our water quality results – related to concentrations of phosphorus, nitrogen and … Continue reading

ECO AmeriCorps members aid water quality across Franklin County
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ECO AmeriCorps members aid water quality across Franklin County

This August marked the fourth year that ECO AmeriCorps members have strengthened water quality efforts in Franklin County and throughout Vermont. Members, driven by passion for the environment and curiosity about career paths, bring increasingly impressive expertise from their recent college educations. Liza Lemieux, who graduated from the University of Vermont in 2018 with a … Continue reading