Ecosystem Protection for the Black River
The Ecosystem Restoration Program, through the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, has awarded the Town of Cavendish a $94,590 grant in order to provide protection for water quality, enhanced flood resiliency and flood mitigation along a crucial reach of the Black River.
The Town of Cavendish experienced extensive damage along the Black River corridor during Tropical Storm Irene. Extremely large sections of Route 131 were lost. There was significant sedimentation, loss of water supplyand wastewater service to both villages, and a loss of riparian lands as the river created a new channel.
For example, it took over one million cubic yards of fill material to restore one section of Route 131, an area which became known as the ‘Cavendish Chasm’ after the flooding.
The grant will allow the Town of Cavendish to acquire key parcels and development rights just upstream of areas with the greatest devastation. As a result, these areas will remain undeveloped to provide flood relief, protection of crucial infrastructures, including water and sewer lines, and provide opportunities for public use and recreational enjoyment of the river frontage.
The grant also provides funds for restoration planting along the buffer of the river, to reduce future erosion and improve water quality and fisheries habitat.
Project Manager for the grant is Cavendish Town Manager Richard Svec who can be reached in the Cavendish Town Office at 802-226-7291. Community partners, including the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association, 802-226-7736, will be involved in additional fundraising and planting of the vulnerable riparian areas.