Clean Water Project Enhances Water Quality and Learning at Rutland Town School
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Clean Water Project Enhances Water Quality and Learning at Rutland Town School

Schools are critical community assets that can generate a significant amount of stormwater due to their large building footprints and parking lots. Schools also tend to have green space where stormwater can be captured and infiltrated or treated, which makes them prime demonstration sites for sound stormwater management. The Rutland Town School, located in the … Continue reading

Stormwater Reduction in the East Creek Watershed in the City of Rutland
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Stormwater Reduction in the East Creek Watershed in the City of Rutland

The Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District (RNRCD) received funding through an Ecosystem Restoration Program Grant to implement a high priority project that was identified in the Stormwater Master Plan for the East Creek Watershed in July of 2014. This project located at the Giorgetti Arena, a Rutland City Recreational Facility, is designed to mitigate stormwater … Continue reading

Sustainable Sidewalks: Reducing Stormwater Runoff, Improving Walkability and Urban Tree Canopy Health in Downtown Burlington
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Sustainable Sidewalks: Reducing Stormwater Runoff, Improving Walkability and Urban Tree Canopy Health in Downtown Burlington

With the assistance of a $11,890 grant from the Vermont Department of Conservation’s Ecosystem Restoration Program, the City of Burlington designed and installed a stormwater sidewalk which fully disconnects a 2010 sq. ft. area of the sidewalk right of way. This section of sidewalk was very degraded and presented many tripping hazards to pedestrians. Because … Continue reading

The Importance of Learning by Example: Green Infrastructure
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The Importance of Learning by Example: Green Infrastructure

This September, the Green Infrastructure Collaborative – the new partnership between the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program at the University of Vermont (UVM) – lead a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) tour of Burlington for a couple dozen Great Lakes researchers and educators visiting for a Sea Grant Network Meeting … Continue reading

Gravel parking lots infiltrate stormwater, don’t they?  Part 2 of the Vermont Green Infrastructure Initiative’s guide to stormwater misconceptions
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Gravel parking lots infiltrate stormwater, don’t they? Part 2 of the Vermont Green Infrastructure Initiative’s guide to stormwater misconceptions

Gravel parking lots infiltrate stormwater, don’t they?  Part 2 of the Vermont Green Infrastructure Initiative’s guide to stormwater misconceptions. This is the second post in a series about stormwater misconceptions identified by Green Infrastructure Initiative Roundtable.  We hope that these posts will foster greater understanding and integration of Green Stormwater Infrastructure practices and Low Impact … Continue reading

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Cooperative Monitoring and Planning Leads to Improvements in Water Quality

In the past, historical development in the vicinity of the Mansfield Base area of Stowe Mountain Resort has at times had unintended and significant impacts on nearby streams. These impacts have included increased runoff from paved surfaces that deliver undertreated stormwater runoff and associated sediment that impact streams. These impacts affect the instream habitat for … Continue reading

Stormwater Mapping Project Update
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Stormwater Mapping Project Update

  The Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) recently completed draft stormwater geographic information system (GIS) drainage maps for 21 urbanized cities, villages and hamlets in the Lake Memphremagog, Upper Connecticut River, Passumpsic River, and Stevens-Wells-Waits-Ompompanoosuc River watersheds. The Program plans to complete a statewide drainage map of all urbanized areas by 2017. The maps will be … Continue reading