* Project: VT Mill Brook Bank Stabilization
* Location: Mill Brook off Rte.153 just upstream of
Hebron Road in Rupert, VT.
* Time frame: Summer 2014.
* Partners: Jean & Eugene Ceglowski, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps,
VT Ecosystem Restoration Program, Bennington County Conservation District.
* Problem description: There are two large failing banks along Mill Brook that deposit excess sediment
and excess nutrients into the stream. The erosion was already significant, and Irene accelerated it.
* Planned project work: This project is to stabilize two large failing banks by first planting seedling trees and bushes all over the bank, seeding to grass and mulching with
hay. Later in the summer we will anchor logs into the base of the two banks to stabilize them against the scour of high water.
* Photo Slideshow: The photos show the May 2014 VYCC crew with one of the banks on which they will work in the distant background, and
the hay they will be using behind them. Then there are photos of working on the banks and the finished situation -- the little trees just vanish.
There are also photos of a small spring fed tributary that comes into Mill Brook there: the coldest clearest water. The last few photos show the August 2014 VYCC crew with Ethan Swift of Agency of Natural Resources getting ready to install the tree rootwads, then the excavator bringing a log, then the installation of one of the tree rootwads -- anchoring it into the bank. Finally, there are pictures from spring 2015 showing how well things are working: first, one of the small oaks planted in the buffer zone still there!, then two pictures of the upstream bank, still sliding up top but onto the stabilized and planted lower bank, then a photo of the downstream bank, then a photo of a channel cut between Mill Brook and a small spring fed tributary that takes some of the pressure off of that bank and a photo of the combined flow AWAY from the base of the stabilized bank.