District News & Events:
LCCD Receives 2014 Ecosystem Restoration Grant
Lamoille County Conservation District continues to move forward to implement green stormwater infrastructure practices to decrease stormwater flows and improve water quality for landowners throughout Lamoille County. By implementing green infrastructure practices such as rain gardens, biotention areas, or bioswales, etc. Lamoille County Conservation Districts (LCCD) goal is to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the form of stormwater runoff from developed land areas that eventually lead to waterways. The work is funded by a competitive grant from the State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation Ecosystem Restoration Program.
Working with two public institutions, Johnson State College (JSC) and Peoples Academy High School (PAHS), LCCD will continue its work with engineers to create “mini constructed wetlands” to capture runoff from parking lots and with it salt, sand, oil, etc. to then store, filter, and slowly release the water into nearby natural waterways. Both institutions hope to improve the already accepted VT construction standards of their parking areas to progressively improve the capacity to capture and treat stormwater to protect water quality. At Johnson State College, LCCD will work with an engineer to complete a feasibility study and alternatives analysis to improve runoff capture by retrofitting the parking lot with green infrastructure.
At Peoples Academy High School, the first phase of green infrastructure practices was initiated by Sheila Tymon’s Envirothon students in 2012. With further assistance and 2013 Ecosystem Restoration Program funds provided through LCCD and with support from Concept 2, Inc. an engineered conceptual design for a sidewalk bioretention area and rain garden was completed in 2013. The second phase of the project will move forward into a final design phase this year. LCCD will develop a planting plan and work with student and community volunteers to construct both areas this summer.
The Ecosystem Restoration Program Grant allows LCCD to continue working with private, public, and municipal partners to protect the Lamoille and Winooski watersheds by promoting, developing, and implementing green infrastructure practices in Lamoille County. For more information about green infrastructure practices or LCCD please contact Kim Komer at
or 888-9218 ext. 113.
Children’s Program, Farms in Winter
Monday, January 6, 6:00-6:45 PM. Preschool-4th grade
NIGHT OWL PROGRAM!
Lanpher Memorial Library, Hyde Park
What happens on a farm in the winter months? Do farm animals have the same adaptations that wild animals do regarding winter survival? A special visitor will drop in to help us answer some of these questions plus provide us with a treat to transform into a yummy mystery topping1 No registration required. FREE.
Children’s Program, Snow Secrets
Wednesday, January 8, 3:00-4:00. Preschool-4th grade
Stowe Free Library, Stowe
Do you know the secret of snow? How does a snowflake form? How can snow keep things warm? We’ll investigate these questions through snowflake shape observations, melting experiments, snow crystal mysteries, and a puppet show about life in the snowy layers.
No registration required. FREE.
Children’s Program, Snow Secrets
Monday, January 20, 10:00-11:00. Preschool-4th grade
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville.
See description for January 8. No registration required. FREE
For more information on Programs, please visit the Lamoille County Nature Center page.
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