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Little River in Stowe Receives Emergency Watershed Protection Program Funds

posted Feb 27, 2015, 6:37 AM by Lyn Munno
The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP), administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will help restore the West Branch of the Little River in Stowe which was impacted by heavy rains last spring. The rains resulted in stream bank erosion and runoff which impacted a sewer main and a recreation trail that serves Stowe Mountain Resort homes and businesses. $500,000 in EWP funding will help restore the river, remove debris and protect important infrastructure.

“One site protects a 15-inch sewer main that services residences and business, including the Stowe Mountain Resort. The three other sites will protect the Stowe Recreation Path which is a major tourist attraction in the area,” said Vicky Drew, NRCS state conservationist in Vermont.

EWP funds support a variety of recovery projects, including clearing debris-clogged waterways, stabilizing stream banks, fixing jeopardized water control structures and stabilizing soils after wildfires. EWP work must be sponsored by a public agency of the state, tribal, county or city government. NRCS provides 75 percent of the funds for the project; the public organization pays the remaining 25 percent.

Excerpted from Natural Resources Conservation Service Press Release: Contact Amy Overstreet802-951-6796, ext. 221.