Watershed Concerns the Focus of Festive Pawlet Event, Five Years After Tropical Storm Irene

Watershed Concerns the Focus of Festive Pawlet Event, Five Years After Tropical Storm Irene

Watershed Concerns the Focus of Festive Pawlet Event, Five Years After Tropical Storm Irene

A community celebration in Pawlet will inform area residents about the growing concerns of erosion in Flower Brook.

A community celebration in Pawlet will inform area residents about the growing concerns of erosion in Flower Brook.

Join the three towns of Tinmouth, Danby and Pawlet for a Flower Brook Community Watershed Event on Sunday, August 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Edie’s Green in Pawlet. This event is free and open to the public, rain or shine. There will be pizza, barbecue, pies and ice cream for sale and rousing bluegrass music by Spruce Knob Uprising. Wonderfeet Museum and the Rutland Area Food and Farm Link (RAFFL) will have hands-on activities for kids. Visitors can check out the Watershed Model and Flume Table, an interactive display with sand and running water that helps users visualize how streams interact with the landscape. For those who would like to explore the stream and to better understand its dynamic potential, there will be a hike along the Flower Brook from 2 to 4, starting from Edie’s Green, which is located in Pawlet Village off Route 30 at 60 Cemetery Hill Road, between the Post Office  and the bridge. Come hear what Pawlet, Danby and Tinmouth are doing to protect their towns from future flood events, see Tropical Storm Irene photo and story displays, share your own stories and ideas about future flood preparedness projects. Presenters at the event will include Ned Swanberg of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Rivers Program with watershed coordinator Ethan Swift and Hilary Solomon, director of the Poultney Mettowee Conservation District.

As part of the South Lake Champlain Partnership, the Poultney Mettowee Conservation District 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 the three towns. A watershed approach is an important component of flood protection in vulnerable villages and towns because the effects felt in one town are often the result of upstream impacts. This project is funded by a grant from the High Meadows Funds as part of a series of watershed alliance projects throughout the state. For more information, contact Hilary Solomon at 802-287-8339 or hilary@pmnrcd.org.

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