Ahead of the Storm
Ahead of the Storm (AOTS) is the culmination of all programmatic areas in which Lewis Creek Association works. AOTS ties data collection, planning, restoration, and education together to act as a holistic tool for identifying and addressing water quality problems and habitat enhancement in the LaPlatte River watershed.
The goal of the AOTS program is to showcase examples of positive land stewardship throughout the LaPlatte watershed region. Ahead of the Storm strives to not only meet current water quality standards and permits, but surpass them when site conditions allow. These "Optimal Conservation Practices" (OCPs) act as a strategy for climate adaptation, and will be able to treat larger volumes of stormwater. Increased stormwater runoff from driveways, fields, parking areas and lawns is a major factor in the deterioration of our streams and lakes. The Ahead of the Storm introduction packet provides more background information and details.
Locations that have a high public profile and are easy to access, showcase a variety of land uses, and are based on water quality data collected by the South Chittenden River Watch (SCRW) are selected to be Ahead of the Storm sites. Sites with high nutrient pollution that drain large areas of land, and that are highly visible by the community, are selected to showcase how nutrient pollution can be mitigated on a range of land uses.
Currently, 16 demonstration sites are in design or implementation stages. Design plans, site details, and project costs are available so that these practices can be replicated by community members like you.
EXCITING NEWS! Thanks to grant funding through the Lake Champlain Basin Program in 2018, Lewis Creek Association has been able to summarize the AOTS demonstration site information into simple two-page summaries. We used these updated documents to develop two self-guided tours (in Charlotte and Hinesburg) and a survey that will help us track the effectiveness of the Ahead of the Storm program. Please check out the updated summaries linked below. If you want more technical information, please visit the resource library to learn more about each demonstration site including site assessments, designs, and construction summaries.
demonstration sites in design stage:
Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg
LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest, Hinesburg
demonstration sites in implementation stage or complete:
Beecher Hill Brook Floodplain Restoration, HINESBURG
big oak lane neighborhood, charlotte
Brook Lane Neighborhood, Shelburne
Dubrul residence, Charlotte
E. Thompson's Point Rd, Charlotte