Lewis Creek Association Executive Director Job Announcement

March 8, 2016

Seeking a curious problem solver, and systems thinker to organize, coordinate and motivate volunteer board dedicated to the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the ecological health and promotion of social values that support sustainable community development in the Lewis Creek watershed region and Vermont.

Candidate will have a passion for promoting Vermont’s natural and human communities and the ability to inspire, organize and implement a variety of management, administrative, fundraising and educational programs in collaboration with a volunteer board. Experience in water quality and land use issues and ability to work with diverse technical partners and general public. A successful candidate will have experience in fund- raising, media and outreach skills and knowledge of local and state government operations, be highly organized in an independent work environment, and have experience with web communication tools, media outreach, and meeting facilitation. Part time position at approximately20 hrs/week. Base salary at $15,000, plus additional as funding permits.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [perb@gmavt.net ] with Application for Executive Director Position in subject line. The position is open until filled.

New Water Quality Reports Released!

November 24, 2015

11/20/15 Press Release: Lewis Creek Association Awarded Vermont Clean Water Funds

November 23, 2015

November 20, 2015

Lewis Creek Association Awarded Vermont Clean Water Funds For Helping Property Owners Prepare For Flood Resiliency

For Immediate Release to: Charlotte News, The Citizen, Shelburne News, Addison Independent, Burlington Free Press, VT Digger, Seven Days, LCBP, VT ANR, Watershed United Vermont, CCRPC, Resilient Vermont/ISC, VT AAFM

Lewis Creek Association, Charlotte, VT 05445, LewisCreek.org

Contact: Marty Illick, 425 2002, marty.illick@gmail.com

Charlotte, VT - Lewis Creek Association was awarded $67,254 from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program to launch the new Ahead of the Storm (AOTS) water quality stewardship program that highlights pollution prevention. This watershed based initiative includes representatives from State and County government, as well as municipal, school, church, library and conservation organizations.

State efforts to address the serious deterioration of our public waters have been in the headlines a lot lately. The purpose of Ahead of the Storm is to highlight adoption of pollution prevention lifestyles through the development and installation of more optimal stormwater management practices for a variety of properties including rural homesteads, farm lands, municipal sites, forests and roadways.

In response to an invitation sent out to the community, approximately 15 local property owners offered their locations as demonstration sites for showcasing more optimal stormwater management practices in the face of more frequent and extreme weather events. With the initial funding from the Vermont Clean Water Initiative, AOTS will assist these property owners in designing practices to address their unique land and water challenges. AOTS engineered designs will take into account the more extreme weather events occurring in Vermont. Signage marking the AOTS demonstration sites will be part of the local community education aspect of the project.

LCA is pleased to be working with Milone and McBroom Inc. and the VT DEC to develop these more optimal stormwater practice designs. Once installed, these natural landscape improvements will slow overland flows and increase infiltration to reduce sediment and nutrient loading to area streams, reduce stream instability and improve the aquatic habitats of our local streams. Ethan Swift at VT DEC says “these more optimal designs can serve as demonstration sites to showcase how to locate and design beautiful green infrastructure in both rural and village settings, and how to design and maintain road side drainage that reduces the impacts of stormwater runoff.”

VT Clean Water Initiative funds are made available to Vermont municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and citizens groups 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 developed, forestry and agricultural lands.

25th Annual Party Success!

October 21, 2015

40 some people braved the sun and snow weather on October 17 and celebrated LCA's 25th birthday party held near the fruit fields at the Last Resort Farm in Monkton. The food was warm and fantastic, and beverages locally made...fresh apple cider and local tomato, strawberry and elderberry wines. Dressed for the brisk air and first snow fall, there was plenty to celebrate with LCA's 2015 accomplishments, including the completion of some 10 priority water quality restoration projects in the farm and forest lands of Pond Brook valley. Click through some photos of the event below.

08/24 Monkton Vergennes Road Closure Update

August 26, 2015

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