A Look at the Watershed Five Years After Tropical Storm Irene

A Look at the Watershed Five Years After Tropical Storm Irene

A Look at the Watershed Five Years After Tropical Storm Irene

As part of the South Lake Champlain Partnership, the Poultney Mettowee Conservation District (PMNRCD) and the Rutland Regional Planning Commission have teamed up to facilitate flood resiliency education, planning  and project implementation in the Flower Brook Watershed shared by Tinmouth, Danby and Pawlet. The watershed approach used in our project, titled ‘Weathering the Storm: Community-Based Planning  for Flood Resiliency in Flower Brook,’ is an important component of flood protection in vulnerable villages and towns, because the effects felt in one town are the accumulation of impacts from upstream. A three-town gathering on Sunday, August 28, the fifth anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Edie’s Green in Pawlet Village. This event is free and open to the public. Share your stories of resiliency as we learn what Pawlet, Danby and Tinmouth have done and will continue to do to protect their towns from future flood events. Presenters include Ned Swanberg, Vermont DEC Rivers Program; Ethan Swift, Vermont DEC Watershed coordinator; and Hilary Soloman, director of PMNRCD. There will  be Tropical Storm Irene photo and story displays, hands-on activities for kids, and a watershed model and flume table, an interactive display with sand and running water that helps users visualize how dynamic streams interact with the landscape. Of course, no great community gathering is without food and music; there will be pizza, barbecue, pies and ice cream for sale and rousing music by Spruce Knob Uprising. For those who would like to explore the stream and better understand its dynamic potential, there will be a hike along the Flower Brook from 2 to 4. For more information, contact Hilary Solomon at 802-287-8339 or hilary@pmnrcd.org.

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