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$63,980 ecosystem restoration grant to benefit seven towns

Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District (RNRCD) has been awarded a Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) $63,980 Ecosystem Restoration Grant to implement an illicit discharge and detection elimination project in seven Rutland County towns: Proctor, Wallingford, Benson, Castleton, Fair Haven, Poultney and West Rutland.

The project will locate and characterize non-stormwater contaminant sources in each town's municipal separate stormwater system and initiate correction of bacterial, nutrient, and hazardous material discharges to surface waters in these towns.

The project will serve the dual purpose of protecting the State's water quality and supporting the RNRCD's goal to improve the quality of stormwater runoff discharging from the municipality.   

This project will improve water quality by identifying and eliminating contaminated, non-stormwater discharges entering stormwater drainage systems that discharge to the upper Otter Creek and Poultney River Basins in Rutland County and ultimately to Lake Champlain.

Ecosystem Restoration Grants are made available to Vermont municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and citizens groups as part of the Ecosystem Restoration Program's on-going efforts to reduce surface water pollution from phosphorus and sediment in Vermont. 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 agricultural lands.