In 2009, the WRP, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and Vermont Better Backroads Program worked together to inventory a subset of the Class 4 roads in the White River watershed. Project partners assessed 75 Class 4 roads and identified 26 priority roads in need of erosion control work.
Since 2010 the project partners have worked with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) to implement a series of erosion control projects on high-priority Class 4 roads in Barnard, Braintree, Chittenden, Granville, Hancock, Norwich, Pittsfield, Rochester, Roxbury, Sharon, Stockbridge, and Tunbridge.
For 3-4 weeks each summer, the VYCC crew addresses water quality impairments identified by the WRP and its partners in 2009, by installing culvert headers, water bars, stone-lined ditches, and stone aprons. Each of these project sites is located within 50 feet of a waterway, with documented sedimentation entering those waterways. By completing these projects, the WRP and its partners hope to improve water quality, habitat, and flood resilience.
To learn more about efforts to improve Vermont’s road systems, check out the NRCS Better Backroads program.