Caledonia County features five main watersheds: Passumpsic, Upper Lamoille, Stevens, Wells and Connecticut River Direct. A watershed is a drainage area for a stream system. The Conservation District plays a crucial role in each watershed by coordinating resources and writing grants to collect data on streams and to develop and implement various watershed projects. These resources can be used within a watershed to address stormwater problems, inadequate bridges and culverts, erosion issues, flooding, and a number of other related concerns. Watershed planning is a broad and comprehensive effort and includes the collaborative efforts of many different agencies, organizations, businesses, landowners and municipalities.
The understanding of river dynamics plays a key role in watershed planning. Conservation Districts utilize data from Stream Geomorphic Assessments, a comprehensive study (developed by the VT Agency of Natural Resources) of the physical characteristics of a stream and how the stream is interacting and changing with the land. After a stream geomorphic assessment is completed, a document called a “corridor plan” is created. These plans help explain various stressors within a watershed that are impacting the normal equilibrium of the stream, and help make recommendations to reduce these stressors.
Explore your watershed
Hover over the ‘Watershed Resources’ tab to view a list of links with more descriptions of individual watersheds. Explore the information available for your watershed – including corridor plans, studies, maps and links for more resources.