I have introduced a bill to the Vermont House of Representatives that would require a pilot project to see if increasing the population of aquatic insects would help to lessen the excess nutrients flowing into Lake Champlain.
BKWA has been supporting an effort to provide a coordinator to enhance, improve, and increase the effectiveness of Vermont's watershed groups. The Vermont River Conservancy has spearheaded the effort. Here is a good news announcement about the new coordinator. More about VRC at www.vermontriverconservancy.org .
Alliance Board member Stan Duncan of Ballston Lake has passed away after struggling with an illness for some time.
As planning for next summer's work goes forward it is with great satisfaction that I can tell all the Batten Kill lovers out there of the continuing support that our work has received.
The Alliance has received a Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Grant to stabilize two eroding banks below along Mill Brook in Rupert. The approaches taken will include extensive planting of trees and bushes, log stabilization structures at the foot of the bank, and improving flood plain access.
Monday 9/16/13 at 7pm at the Albany Ramada Plaza. Off Exit #5 of Route 90 at 3 Watervliet Avenue Extension. Call the Albany Ramada Plaza (#866.539.8430) for more specific directions.
*** The NY Batten Kill project in Shushan was postponed due to high water. We hope to re-schedule since the water has certainly come down now.
*** The VT Roaring Branch project now has finalized plans for a total of 5 rock cross vanes at two sites along Kelly Stand Road. We are awaiting permits and waiting to be sure that we can fit our project around the large road and bridge rebuilding upstream that is to repair Irene damage.
Well, first of all, until it started raining again in the last ten minutes, the Batten Kill water level was starting to come down.... But here are some project updates, and we will just have to hope that water levels will come down enough to do the in stream work at some point this season....