Three new videos were released this week featuring communities working together toward flood resilience. The videos feature three separate groups organized as the South Lake Watershed Partnership, the Mill Brook Watershed Group, and the Saxtons River Watershed Collaborative.
These multi-town watershed-wide efforts were catalyzed by the High Meadows Fund and the March 2015 Leahy Environmental Summit at the Lake Champlain at the Echo Science Center.
These short and engaging videos were produced by Fran Stoddard and Peregrine Productions and feature the voices of community members, students, conservation district managers and regional planners among others.
The videos can be found on the webpages of the Regional Planning Commissions and also are featured among the stories on Flood Ready's Making it Happen page. Look for them under the Theme of "Watershed Work".
South Lake Watershed Partnership
Pawlet, Danby and Poultney working on community awareness around flood resiliency.
Mill Brook Watershed Group
Windsor, West Windsor and Reading cooperating on education, protection and flood resilience
Saxtons River Watershed Collaborative
Students plant native trees to create a riparian buffer for the Saxtons River as part of flood resilience work involving Rockingham, Athens and Grafton.
“Through this Initiative, we seek to inspire and encourage the creative and inclusive building of resilience within watersheds,” wrote High Meadows Fund President Gaye Symington. “Flooding does not follow Vermont’s municipal and regional boundaries and new thinking and approaches are needed.”
The mission of the High Meadows Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation is to promote vibrant communities and a healthy natural environment while encouraging long-term economic vitality in Vermont. Our communities, environment, and economy are threatened by the changing climate. High Meadows helps Vermonters mitigate that change and adapt to its consequences by supporting leadership and innovation in three overlapping areas of focus: energy, land use and sustainable agriculture. For more information, visit High Meadows Fund