North Hero Shoreline Stabilization
FNLC is pleased to announce the
implementation of approximately 150 feet of shoreline restoration on the eastern shore of North Hero. The work was supported through a grant provided by the VT Department of Environmental conservation (VT DEC) and was complimented with the landowner
matching funds. The work activities began in the fall of 2020 and were recently
completed this spring.
In 2020, FNLC received funding from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to partner with Watersheds Consulting Associates to conduct a shoreline assessment along Georgia Shore.
Deer Brook Gully Restoration
Following the award of an Ecosystem Restoration Program grant in the fall of 2017, FNLC hired Stone Environmental to identify, design, and implement stormwater best management practices to address flows to the gully and stabilize the gully channel. The overall goal of the project is to reduce sediment transported from the gully to Deer Brook.
Beginning in 2018, FNLC partnered with the St. Albans Museum to create a workshop for school-age children on Lake Champlain’s cultural heritage and water quality issues. Lake Lessons has become an annual shoreside STEM educational program for fourth grade students in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
Tyler Branch Buffer Planting
In 2017, FNLC received a grant to restore the Tyler Branch Watershed, which drains into the Missisquoi River. FNLC collaborated with AgriLab Tech and the Missisquoi River Basin Association to plant riparian buffers along the Tyler Branch.
Stormwater Management Plans
Over the years, FNLC has received many grants to fund the creation of stormwater management plans for local areas. The plans include St. Albans Town, Highgate, Franklin, Fairfield, Georgia, Alburgh, Enosburg, Sheldon, and Swanton.
Rock River Water Monitoring
The purpose of the project is to demonstrate water quality improvements from a focused agricultural BMP implementation effort in a small watershed where very high rates of phosphorus loading to Lake Champlain have been documented.
Swanton & Highgate
Impacts from stormwater and shoreline erosion are major contributors to water quality pollution in lakefront communities across the Lake Champlain shoreline of Vermont.
Wind Waves and Variables
Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, FNLC partnered with Exordium, a nature and outdoor education organization, to design and teach a place-based curriculum about the Lake Champlain Basin to students in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is a nature-based solution to stormwater runoff. These practices use plants and simple infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff by slowing it, spreading it, sinking it or storing it.
FNLC was awarded funding in 2017 to install a two-tier ditch to prevent flooding in a field on a local farm in Franklin County. This practice has been used on Midwest farms for over a decade, but this project was the first of its kind in Vermont. The concept requires digging out the ditch banks two to three feet above the bottom of the existing ditch channel and then creating a flat bench on both sides of the ditch.
During the summer of 2022, FNLC hosted a series of Shoreline Socials in lakeside communities around our region to teach residents about the lake-friendly practices they can implement to reduce erosion and stormwater runoff on their properties.