DEC lecture explores process for successful clean water funded projects

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DEC lecture explores process for successful clean water funded projects

Fri, 03/18/2022 - 3:37am -- tim

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

Clean water projects reduce and prevent water pollution stemming from rain and snowmelt runoff and erosion across all land uses including agriculture, developed lands, and forestry.

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

Local and regional partners turn hopeful projects into a reality by securing funding, providing technical assistance and outreach, overseeing successful design and construction, and ensuring long term effectiveness through maintenance.

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

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 building community strength through the leadership of local and regional partners. Bates will describe collaborative community-led efforts that protect and restore our waters by implementing successful clean water projects.

Register for this free online event at All lectures are recorded and uploaded to DEC’s YouTube Channel 

Montpelier - The Department of Environmental Conservation