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Vermont DEC Launches ECO AmeriCorps

posted Jun 25, 2015, 1:27 PM by Lyn Munno
ECO AmeriCorps is a new program of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - part of statewide efforts to protect Vermont’s lakes and streams. This program is a partnership among Governor Peter Shumlin, Mayor Miro Weinberger of Burlington, Mayor Liz Gamache of St. Alban’s, and Mayor Seth Leonard of Winooski, and the groups Watersheds United Vermont and Vermont Association of Conservation Districts.

The program will have 15 member slots for the 2015-2016 service year, to be filled by September 14th. Water quality related work that AmeriCorps members could perform includes outreach and education, technical assistance, and project selection, design and implementation. 

Through this program, towns, watershed groups, and conservation districts will work with college graduates to plan and implement projects that improve water quality and flood resilience. Each host site will provide a cash match of $5,500 in exchange for one full-time ECO AmeriCorps member who will serve for one year. Vermont DEC will provide training and mentoring. 

Please contact Linnea Myers ( , 802-272-1462) or Carey Hengstenberg ( , 802-595-1632) with questions about this program and for assistance identifying projects for members. More information is at

[Excerpts from message sent 6-25-15 on behalf of DEC Commissioner David Mears.]