April 27, 2017
Trout habitat will be improved, water will be cleaner and invasive plants will be better controlled, thanks to funding from Vermont's 2017 Watershed Grant Program.
The program, established by the legislature in 1998 and financed by a portion of the sales of the Vermont Conservation License Plates, is co-administered by Vermont Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Environmental Conservation. Grants to nonprofits and towns support both hands-on projects and education programs that improve aquatic habitat, water quality and flood resiliency.
Grants totaling $100,000 were awarded this year. Funded projects include:
* Culvert replacement and erosion control on a tributary of the Hoosic River in Pownal (Bennington County Regional Commission).
* Replacement of a culvert with a new bridge that will allow improved movement of fish and wildlife between Hall's Creek and Lake Memphremagog (Town of Derby).
* Invasive knotweed control in Bennington County (Bennington County Conservation District).
* An interpretive exhibit on Allen Brook in Williston (Town of Williston).
* Removal of a dam on Mill Brook in West Windsor (Southern Windsor County Planning Commission).
* Riparian restoration and erosion control along the Winooski and its Tributaries (City of Montpelier, Friends of the Mad River, Vermont River Conservancy).
* Drainage control seminars for town road crews in Orange County (Two Rivers - Ottauquechee Regional Commission).
* Stormwater runoff control in Charlotte (Town of Charlotte).
* Wetland Restoration in Canaan (Essex County Natural Resources Conservation District).
* Watershed education and awareness (Vermont PBS, Vital Communities).
"These are small grants with big impact," said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. "When Vermonters purchase a Conservation License Plate, they are investing in clean water and wildlife habitat for future generations."
Emily Boedecker, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, agreed. "These grants support local communities and their partners to protect and restore clean water," said Boedecker. "While projects are typically small in scope, they can make a real difference at the local level, and together we are making progress towards our statewide clean water goals."
Program information can be found on the Department of Environmental Conservation website. The easiest way to find it is to search for "Vermont watershed grant."
The conservation license plate application is available at: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/get_involved/donate/conservation_license_plate
Proceeds from the sale of conservation license plates also go to the Nongame Wildlife Fund to support the Wildlife Diversity Program.
Media Contact: Chris Saunders, Vermont Fish & Wildlife, (802) 343-5487
Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: April 27, 2017 15:04:23