DEC conference explores process for successful funded clean water projects, March 31

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Montpellier – The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites the public to join watershed planner Karen Bates for the upcoming Clean Water Conference on March 31st, 2022. The presentation will cover how drinking water projects are successfully implemented – from identifying a problem, to building a solution on the ground, and everything in between! The event is part of a monthly virtual event Clean Water Lecture Series highlighting efforts to protect and restore water in Vermont.

Drinking water projects reduce and prevent water pollution resulting from rain and snowmelt runoff and erosion in all land uses, including agriculture, developed lands and forestry.

Drinking water projects also reduce and prevent pollution through the restoration of natural resources, such as rivers, floodplains, lakeshores and wetlands. Examples include farmers planting cover crops on their fields to reduce field erosion, volunteers planting trees to stabilize banks from erosion, non-profit conservation organizations removing dams to reconnect rivers , municipal road crews stabilizing roadside and town erosion and businesses adding gardens to parking lots and other paved surfaces to absorb and treat stormwater.

Local and regional partners turn promising projects into reality by securing funding, providing technical assistance and awareness, overseeing successful design and construction, and ensuring long-term efficiency through maintenance.

“Several community partners facilitate the success of clean water projects by taking on roles that ensure landowner concerns are addressed and necessary technical and financial assistance is provided,” says Bates. “In turn, the existence of a pipeline of projects, fueled by the state’s Clean Water Funds and associated Agency guidance, gives partners the confidence to bring a project idea to fruition.”

Clean water projects do more than reduce pollution, a successful clean water project can improve lakes and rivers for recreation, wildlife habitat, drinking water and biodiversity while strengthening the community through the leadership of local and regional partners. Bates will describe collaborative community-led efforts that protect and restore our waters by implementing successful drinking water projects.

Register for this free online event at https://dec.vermont.gov/water-investment/cwi/outreach/lecture-series. All lectures are recorded and uploaded to DEC’s YouTube channelhttp://tiny.cc/CleanWaterYouTube.

Montpellier – The Department of Environmental Protection

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