March 07, 2011
The WRP’s Class 4 Town Road Project was featured in the Vermont Water Quality Division’s Winter 2011 newsletter, “Out of the Blue.” The project has been so successful that it is being duplicated in other watersheds throughout the state.
In 2009, the WRP, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, and Vermont Agency of Natural Resources 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.
In 2010, the WRP, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), and Vermont Agency of Natural Resources received funding from the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund to employ a crew of high school students to implement a series of erosion control projects on a handful of high-priority Class 4 roads in Sharon, Norwich, and Tunbridge. For four weeks, the VYCC crew addressed water quality impairments identified by the WRP and its partners in 2009, by installing culvert headers, water bars, stone-lined ditches, and stone aprons.
In 2011, the WRP will work with VYCC to implement additional erosion control projects on Class 4 town roads located within 50 feet of a waterway. By completing these projects, the WRP and its partners hope to reduce non-point source pollution and improve trout habitat.