Stream Buffer Planting

The Conservation Districts’ Trees for Streams program helps landowners with designing and installing stream buffers. Buffers have a number of benefits – protecting water quality, improving floodplain function and stability, and enhancing habitat.

Restoring Rivers

Miller’s Run River (pictured) is a tributary to the Passumpsic River. The Passumpsic River Watershed is the largest watershed in Caledonia County, and the focus of much of our work.

Supporting Farms

Conservation Districts help farms balance productive farming and healthy waterways. Our staff provide one on one technical assistance to farms in the Northeast Kingdom to help you.

Reducing Erosion

Road erosion plugs culverts, impacts water quality, and washes away gravel that’s expensive! Towns are eligible for grants to conduct a Road Erosion Inventory, which is a good way to start tracking his problem.

News & Events

Summer 2018 Projects are underway! 


Installation of swale at Fenton Chester Arena in progress! The area in the foreground will collect sediment runoff from the parking lot, and the swale in the background will green up and infiltrate stormwater.

Lyndon’s Stormwater Master Plan

The Town of Lyndon’s Stormwater Master Plan, completed by Fitzgerald Environmental Associates, LLC in 2017, identified many project opportunities where stormwater can be better managed to reduce erosion and improve water quality.  Projects rely heavily on the installation of Green Stormwater Infastructure (GSI) practices where possible, which work to infiltrate stormwater into designed practices rather than piping stormwater to rivers.  The Town of Lyndon and a work crew from NorthWoods Stewardship Center installed this bioretention swale  at Fenton Chester Ice Arena in July, pictured.  The 1.4 acre gravel parking area at the arena was eroding and causing sediment to enter a tributary to the Passumpsic River. This swale will collect sediment and water from a large portion of the parking lot, and reduce what enters the river.  

Hydroseeder Share Program Still Up and Running

The towns of Danville, Ryegate, Groton and Walden have joined our Hydroseeder Share Program. The program involves four towns sharing a grant-funded hydroseeder to help treat ditches and roadsides – speeding up maintenance and ensuring good cover on bare ground to prevent sediment runoff to streams and rivers.  The program is funded by the State of Vermont’s Clean Water Initiative and was coordinated by a partnership with the Lamoille, Essex and Caledonia County Conservation Districts.  With hydroseeders costing between $26,000 and $33,000, this program only costs towns $500 to join and $200/year after the first year.

Caledonia County NRCD Board Meetings

Open to the Public! Every second Wednesday at 4:00pm  
Conservation Districts are local subdivisions of state government (municipal organizations) under Vermont’s Soil Conservation Act cooperating with landowners and municipalities to apply conservation practices to the land. The Caledonia County Conservation District sponsors and coordinates technical and financial assistance to address water quality, stormwater runoff, erosion, soil quality, watershed planning and conservation education. Conservation Districts provide a unique and powerful vehicle for landowners to become involved in influencing local conservation work and state programs. Our board meetings are held at 481 Summer Street in St. Johnsbury at the second floor conference room.
Call if you’d like to learn more or attend a meeting! 802-424-3149