Lamoille River Watershed Initiative
Organizations involved in the Lamoille Watershed Basin planning process recognized the need for watershed-wide implementation efforts in 2004. Lamoille County Conservation District took the lead within by implementing the Lamoille Watershed Initiative which is dedicated to serving all parts of the watershed within and beyond the boundaries of Lamoille County. LCCD works to improve the health and vitality of the Lamoille River Watershed by:
- Leading and coordinating partners and organizations in the watershed
- Supporting local watershed-improvement actions and projects
- Raising public awareness through education and engagement
LCCD Watershed Activities and Outreach Projects
- LCCD initiated a Trees for Streams Program in 1991 and continues to restore riverbanks by installing riparian buffers throughout the watershed each year
- Coordination and management of projects that cross jurisdictional boundaries for landowners, farmers, and foresters
- Education programs aligned with VT State Frameworks
- Service-Learning Opportunities for all ages
- Stream bank plantings using bioenginnering methods
- Collaborative partnerships with local watershed groups and projects
Lamoille Watershed Water Quality Monitoring and Exchange Project
LCCD works with schools throughout the Lamoille Watershed to complete water quality projects on an annual basis. Completed in the spring, students are introduced to chemical, biologicial, and geomorphological field studies to assess the river's health. Students can also participate with LCCD partners, in a collaborative Vermont EPSCoR Stream Project being completed by schools and colleges in the watershed. Johnson State College, St. Michael’s, Sterling College, and University of Vermont students collect samples on tributaries to record phosphorus, e-coli, and macroinvertebrate indicators to study healthy water parameters.
Efforts to intiate a water quality analysis of Lamoille River and its tributaries began in the Fall of 2008 with over 200 students. After getting their feet wet and sampling waterways, students studied and gathered information again in Spring 2009. These middle and high school students were introduced to the VT EPSCoR Stream Project by following similar protocols in gathering data at sample sites where JSC and Sterling college students also gathered data. In some cases, representatives from colleges were available to guide students in the data collecting. Sampling consisted of a macroinvertebrate analysis, chemistry test, and riparian buffer observation.
Schools participating in the project created Lamoille Watershed Resource Pages to describe their field work, follow up research, and results from their observations.ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ Please contact LCCDÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ for more information.
Looking for more data?
Check out data from the Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project . The VT EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Streams Project is dedicated to collecting and sharing data from streams of the Lake Champlain basin and beyond. VT EPSCoR works with students, teachers, undergraduates and faculty from around the state in this effort. The data gathered serves the needs to a Complex Systems Modeling Group as well as many state/local agencies in finding solutions to the pollution issues in our waterways. Explore this site to learn more!
Lamoille River Basin Water Quality Management Plan
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Basin Planning Process for the Lamoille River drainage area began in 2003. The underlying objective of the Vermont Basin Planning Process is to protect the high quality surface waters of the basin and to restore those waters that do not meet the Vermont Water Quality Standards. DEC is working in a collaborative fashion with other state, federal, non-profit and volunteer organizations as well as local residents for input, funding, technical assistance, and public education for various water quality improvement projects identified through the watershed planning process.
Lower Lamoille River History Booklet
Written by Jeff Fellinger for the Vermont Natural Resources Council, 2000. Gives and excellent history of the lower Lamoille River with references to the Peterson Dam. To download this publication in pdf form, click here.
Lamoille River Watershed AgricultureÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ & River Resource Guide
Created by LCCD for educators, farmers, and citizensÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ to provide information on Lamoille River's cultural and natural history,ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ resource concerns, and lesson plans on Phosphorus, Vermont Accepted Agricultural Practices, and Riparian Buffers. Power Point Presentations and Educational Kits are also available as a complement to the guide. The most local guide to the history of and current concerns of the Lamoille Watershed. The Lamoille River Watershed Agriculture & River Resource Guide was made possible with support from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the Morrisville Rotary Club.
LamoilleÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ River StudiesÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ Educational Kits
Educational Kits as listed below are available for teachers within the Lamoille Watershed. There is a small fee for shipping and deposit required for loaning materials. Please contact LCCD to get details onÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ borrowing kits.
Macroinvertebrate Field Study Kit
Kit contains sampling equipment; 3 sets of nets, keys, collection bins, magnifying lens, and guides for student groups to sample and learn about macroinvertebrates.
Chemistry Sampling Kit
LaMotte River Chemistry Kit can be used by teachers for students to sample pH, dissolved oxygen, phosphates, temperature, alkalinity, turbidity, and bacteria.
This kit can be used by LCCD staff with teachers as it contains more detailed techniques for sampling macroinvertebrates. The kit contains preserved macroinvertebrate specimens, sieve, sampling trays, tweezers, "Guide to Aquatic Entomology", and detailed keys. A smaller kit is also available that contains preserved macroinvertebrate specimens, detailed keys, magnifying lens, and Life Cycle Folders of each specimen.
Lamoille Watershed Map Kit
Lamoille Watershed Map Kit contains maps for classroom use to study the landscape features of the Lamoille River such as watershed or wetland delineation, historical land use changes, and/or watershed surveys. Kit contains: USGS Laminated Maps, Laminated LCPC Lamoille River Watershed Maps, and a CD ROM reproduction of the 1878 "Atlas of the Counties of Lamoille and Orleans Vermont".
LCCD has reference books and power point presentations available on a variety of Lamoille River and other watershed related issues for educators to use either for their own professional development or for classroom use. These are:
- River Fieldwork Guide for Teachers. An Environmental Citizenship Curriculum Guide. Vermont Institute of Natural Science.
- Vermont Stream Bank Restoration Guide. USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Vermont Riparian Enhancement Project.
- Fluvial Geomorphology Power Point Presentation. Produced by Staci Pomeroy, ANR River Scientist for LWA River Dynamics Workshop.
- Let’s Talk Buffers! Power Point Presentation & Booklet. USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Communication Toolkit.
Lamoille Watershed Informational Pages
The following informational pages were collected for educator’s use. Please click on the appropriate heading to access the information.
USGS National Map Viewer
TopoZone & Terraserver
Old Maps of New England - Beer’s Atlases
Lamoille Watershed Association Map
The Lamoille River Subbasin Map
Lamoille County Planning Commission Map
General River Watershed Information
Lamoille River Photo Gallery
Photos of the Upper and Mid Lamoille Watershed. Photos in gallery may be reprinted and altered for educational purposes only. All other uses must have permission from LCNRCD and credited to Kimberly Jensen.