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2015 Vermont Watershed Grant Awards

posted Mar 9, 2015, 10:59 AM by Lyn Munno
Vermont's 2015 Watershed Grant Program awarded $100,000 to 15 projects across the state, including many sponsored by WUV members and partners. Individual awards range from $3,500 to $14,000. With 44 applicants requesting $387,744, the need is clearly much greater than available funding from the sale of conservation license plates. Sample projects include:

Implementation
  • Restoration and clean-up efforts in the White River drainage basin (White River Partnership);
  • Helping to remove a dam on the upper Wells River (CT River Watershed Council);
  • Replacement of culverts in Northfield and Duxbury to enable fish to pass and reduce flood failure risk (Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District and Friends of the Winooski).

Education
  • Expanding the effectiveness of lake protection strategies (Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds);
  • Explain river dynamics using a flume (Windham Natural Resources Conservation District);
  • Milfoil spread prevention (Town of Charleston and Westmore Association).

Planning
  • Re-examining years of previously collected water quality data to guide water quality protection actions for the future (Friends of the Mad River);
  • Walloomsac Headwaters Park Management Plan (Bennington Natural Resources Conservation District).
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