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February 08, 2012

DEC Ecosystem Restoration Grant Supports Lewis Creek Association’s Water Quality Planning Efforts

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation awarded the Lewis Creek Association (LCA) a $30,713 Ecosystem Restoration Grant to support project development for the Pond Brook watershed, a Tributary of Lewis Creek, in Bristol, Monkton and Hinesburg. LCA will identify and prioritize various actions in the Pond Brook area of Lewis Creek to mitigate nutrient and sediment runoff. LCA will focus on identifying geographically explicit sources of pollutants, and highlight the best options to address them. Assessments will include targeted high-water testing events, stream-specific investigations, and even over flights, to pinpoint locations of direct stormwater and agricultural runoff, edge-of-field gullies, and to locate excessive erosion sites. LCA will then work with landowners to identify mutually agreeable solutions to the identified problem areas. In so doing, wetland and river conservation projects will be targeted that address the nutrient and sediment loading that impact the quality of Lewis Creek and Lake Champlain, while addressing future flooding risks.

“I am very pleased to be working with LCA on this particular project.” says Neil Kamman, Manager of DEC’s Monitoring, Assessment and Planning Program. “LCA’s work strongly supports the Department’s tactical basin planning and ecosystem restoration efforts, whereby we work with partners to use on-the-ground monitoring and assessment information to identify and address the highest priority watershed stressors. It is a perfect fit to DEC’s Surface Water Management Strategy.”

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: Department of Environmental Conservation
Last Updated at: February 08, 2012 15:21:42