Conservation Districts help farms balance productive farming and healthy waterways. Certified Small Farms are required to have Nutrient Management Plans, receive 4 hours of educational credits every five years and follow the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPS).
The Conservation District coordinates Stormwater Master Plans for communities and helps develop Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) projects. These GSI practices are a key strategy statewide to cleaning up rivers and streams in Vermont.
The Municipal Road General Permit was established for all towns in Vermont to reduce the amount of erosion from hydrologically connected road segments. To comply with the permit, all towns must inventory their connected road segments. Need help?
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. Do you want to learn more about your watershed?
- REQUEST FOR BIDS – Gully Stabilization and Drainage Improvements, Lyndonville, VT
Nutrient Management Planning
Do you have a Nutrient Management Plan (NMP)that needs updating? Have you forgotten how to navigate goCrop? Are you not sure whether you need an NMP? Are you interested in soil sampling your fields but not sure how to get started?
All certified small farms are required to have an updated NMP with soil samples every 3 years and a manure sample each year. All certified farms are also required to receive 4 hours of water quality training every five years. Not sure if you need to certify?
Virtual Soil Health Event for the Northeast Kingdom
Join this six event deep dive into building healthy soils and resilient communities focused on the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and North Country of New Hampshire. The series will cover topics such as the connections between soils, climate, food, and human health; Abenaki land, stewardship, and current projects; building soil and community composting; social justice issues related to land, agriculture and food; and how to partner with a diversity of plants, animals, and others for healthy and resilient ecosystems.
Water Quality Projects for Stormwater
Treating stormwater from parking lots, streets, sidewalks and other surfaces is a common water quality project developed by the Conservation District. Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) projects take advantage of ground infiltration to treat stomwater before it enters streams. A gravel wetland, pictured above at the Hazen Union Campus in Hardwick, is a type of stormwater treatment practice for wetter soils that creates a filtering system for stormwater. These types of project opportunities are identified in a Stormwater Master Plan and are a great way to utilize green spaces in developed areas.
Caledonia County NRCD Board Meetings
Please Note: These meetings have changed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please call for more information on meetings.
Open to the Public! Every third 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