Request for Proposals: 2020 LaRosa Analytical Support Grant
Announcements / Opportunities

Request for Proposals: 2020 LaRosa Analytical Support Grant

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) is seeking surface water monitoring project proposals for the 2020 field season. Up to $76,000 in laboratory analysis fees is available for volunteer-based water quality monitoring through the LaRosa Partnership Program and the Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory. VTDEC recognizes that such fees are one of the most … Continue reading

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

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

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

Assessing the Waters of Otter Creek
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Assessing the Waters of Otter Creek

The Rutland Regional Planning Commission and its Clean Water Advisory Committee will soon be reviewing the draft Otter Creek (Basin 3) Tactical Basin Plan prepared by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. The plan provides both best available data and assessments of surface water conditions in the Otter Creek watersheds. It also identifies current and … Continue reading