Georgia Shoreline Erosion Assessment

In 2020, FNLC received funding from the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) to partner with Watershed Consulting Associates to conduct an assessment along the shoreline of the town of Georgia, VT.

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Map created by Watershed Consulting Associates to demonstrate low, medium, and high water quality risk zones along the Swanton and Highgate shoreline.

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FNLC will be partnering again with Watershed Consulting Associates to conduct shoreline assessments in the Towns of Swanton and Highgate, using the same methodology piloted in the Georgia Shoreline Assessment. The purpose of this project is to identify and prioritize problem areas associated with stormwater runoff and shoreline erosion in Swanton and Highgate, using a combination of desktop analysis and field investigation.

Once identified, the problem areas will be cataloged and prioritized with one conceptual design improvement project prepared for the most critical identified location for each town. The design for each town will be utilized to repair straightforward problem areas and/or prepare a final design solution.

Map created by Watershed Consulting Associates to demonstrate low, medium, and high water quality risk zones along the Swanton and Highgate shoreline.

A comprehensive review of shoreline usage, erosion, and stormwater management was completed in 2021 by Watershed Consulting Associates and they identified specific problem areas where unfavorable or deteriorated conditions are resulting in water quality impacts to Lake Champlain. The final report of the assessment, along with three conceptual project designs, were presented to the Georgia Select Board for approval. The implementation of the green stormwater infrastructure projects suggested in the report will likely begin in 2022. All the suggested projects have been designed to both prevent erosion and reduce the amount of sediment and phosphorus entering the Lake.

For more information on this project, you can watch a presentation on the assessment here:

 

 

Or you can read the final report by downloading the PDF by clicking below. 

This project was funded by the agreement LC00A00394 awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in partnership with the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP). NEIWPCC manages LCBP’s personnel, contract, grant, and budget tasks and provides input on the program’s activities through a partnership with the LCBP Steering Committee. The contents of this document do not necessary reflect the views and policies of NEIWPCC, the LCBP Steering Committee, or the EPA, nor does NEIWPCC, the LCBP Steering Committee, or the EPA endorse trade names of recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this document.