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July 08, 2011

DEC Ecosystem Restoration Grant Supports Lake Iroquois Association's Effort to Reduce Erosion

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has awarded the Lake Iroquois Association $10,000 to support their efforts to reduce runoff and erosion in the Shadow Lane area of Lake Iroquois. With the ever increasing population in Chittenden County and the surrounding areas, both the local and seasonal residents on Lake Iroquois have seen an increase in the building of residential properties, construction of roads and the general development of the land throughout the lake’s watershed. As part of a Watershed Survey conducted by the Lake Iroquois Association, the area on the westerly side of Pond Road was identified as in need of erosion control. The area is under development and located upslope from the lake, consequently, the natural topography allows drainage to flow downhill to the culverts under Pond Road and then eventually into Lake Iroquois. From time to time, and certainly during periods of heavy runoff, that additional flow carries an increased amount of sediment with it. That additional sediment load is deposited into the lake and is rapidly becoming a cause for concern when it comes to the water quality of the lake.

The intent of the project is to improve the lake's water quality by reducing the amount of sediment being carried by the two tributaries involved. This will be accomplished by performing a topographic survey of the area involved and then, using the results from a hydrologic analysis of that same area, designing and detailing the appropriate erosion control measures.

Ecosystem Restoration Grants are made available to Vermont municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and citizens groups as part of the Ecosystem Restoration Program’s on-going efforts to reduce surface water pollution from phosphorus and sediment. Funded projects typically involve efforts to improve stream stability, protect against flood hazards, improve in-stream and riparian habitat, lessen the effects of stormwater runoff, protect and restore riparian wetlands, re-establish lake shoreline native vegetation, and enhance the environmental and economic sustainability of agricultural lands.

Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: July 08, 2011 10:10:14