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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

Stormwater Master Plan Completed for the Town of Wallingford
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Stormwater Master Plan Completed for the Town of Wallingford

The Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District (RNRCD) recently completed the stormwater master planning process for the Town of Wallingford with funding provided by the Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The RNRCD hired Watershed Consulting Associates (WCA) to complete this Stormwater Master Plan (SWMP). The completed SWMP includes a … Continue reading

Tributary/Wetland Restoration Project on the Wild Branch in Wolcott
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Tributary/Wetland Restoration Project on the Wild Branch in Wolcott

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 … Continue reading

Where Roads and Wetlands Meet
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Where Roads and Wetlands Meet

The Rutland Regional Planning Commission helped the Town of Chittenden secure an ANR Ecosystem Restoration Grant to restore a wetland which now straddles the town’s Wildcat Road. The road acts as a barrier between sections of the wetland and, consequently, impacts its hydrological connection, floodwater and stormwater storage, and fish and wildlife populations. The ERP … Continue reading

Getting the Most Out of Local Water Quality Monitoring
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Getting the Most Out of Local Water Quality Monitoring

Finding regional hot spots and concentrating local water quality monitoring in tributaries were some of the suggestions made at a recent Clean Water Advisory Committee meeting at the Rutland Regional Planning Commission. According to Addison River Watch Collaborative Director, Matt Witten, data from streams are proving be more useful than that from the mainstem of … Continue reading

Report on Statewide Stream Condition Recently Released
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Report on Statewide Stream Condition Recently Released

Scientists with the Assessment and Monitoring Program in DEC’s Watershed Management Division recently completed a five year long biological assessment of Vermont’s streams and rivers, and a report has been released on the findings of this study. Wadeable stream reaches were randomly selected throughout the State, and surveyed for water chemistry, habitat quality, and macroinvertebrate … Continue reading