November 24, 2015
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, email@example.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.
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.
August 26, 2015
From the Monkton Community Group:
The preliminary work on the Monkton Wildlife Crossing Project will start on Monday August 24th. As a result traffic on the Monkton Vergennes Road will be restricted to a single lane just North of where the road crosses the Huizenga swamp. Current plans call for closing the road completely for one or two days in the first or second week in September but exact timing is yet to be determined. For more information on the project there was an article in the Burlington Free Press.
August 6, 2015
Lewis Creek Association Presents $119,214. 29 to Monkton Selectboard on August 10 2015
Ground breaking for construction of the Monkton Road wildlife crossings is scheduled for the week of Aug 17. This unique project, allowing thousands of salamanders and other wildlife access to their critical habitat that is bisected by the Monkton Vergennes Road, has been made possible with both public and private funding. On Monday August 10, the Lewis Creek Association (LCA) will present the Monkton Select Board with a check for $119,214.29 for the $290,000 project.
These crossings consist of two large concrete culverts with a natural bottom. Concrete walls will guide and funnel the amphibians into the culverts during their spring and fall migrations. These wildlife culverts will be large enough to accommodate other wildlife known to cross here such as bobcat. As humans use the Monkton-Vergennes Road to commute between work, home and recreation; wildlife needing access between upland habitat and wetlands, severed by the road, also travel in this corridor. The rare blue-spotted salamander is among this regionally-significant group of amphibians that inhabit the rich natural area surrounding this increasingly busy road.
The Monkton Conservation Commission (MCC) began this volunteer effort over ten years ago. As knowledgeable and dedicated citizens, they worked tirelessly to protect these vulnerable species. The MCC along with the dozens of area residents spent hundreds of hours on rainy spring nights monitoring the diversity of species and mortality rates in the Huizenga swamp area. In 2008 the Lewis Creek Association joined the effort to help raise the funds needed to match the Vermont Agency of Transportation Federal Highway Administration grant of $150,000 and a Vermont Fish and Wildlife State Wildlife Action Grant of $45,000. LCA is pleased to have worked with both the Monkton Conservation Commission and the Select Board on this important wildlife project. These small and mostly unseen animals attracted support from hundreds of donors with gifts ranging from $5.00 to $15,000.
The Town of Monkton has hired S. D. Ireland of Williston, VT as the contractor for this local project that has enjoyed global attention. Construction is anticipated to begin the week of August 17, 2015; and will be fully complete by October, 2015. The engineering firm of Lamoureaux & Dickinson, of Essex Junction, VT, and herpetologist consultant Jim Andrews will remain involved with the project by working closely with S. D. Ireland throughout construction.
Chris Slesar Monkton Conservation Commission firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Pilcher Monkton Selectboard email@example.com
Andrea Morgante Lewis Creek Association firstname.lastname@example.org
Marty Illick Lewis Creek Association email@example.com