Sustainable Woodstock is proud to be the first NGO to partner with a Vermont town to receive funds from the State Water Infrastructure Sponsorship Program (WISPr). On behalf of the Town and Village of Woodstock, Sustainable Woodstock has applied for and received preliminary approval for $280,000 in WISPr funding to cover the cost of implementing natural resource projects throughout the Town and Village. Initial projects include preserving a parcel of riparian habitat adjacent to East End Park, stabilizing the bank along Barnard Brook near Billings Farm (both in partnership with the Woodstock Inn & Resort) and several projects to improve water quality in the Ottauquechee River and its tributaries. In 2019, Sustainable Woodstock initiated a long-term initiative to remove all of the remaining impediments to fish passage along Kedron Brook. Starting in early 2022, design work was initiated on this project in partnership with the Connecticut River Conservancy, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the Woodstock Country Club. Other partners include the Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission and Woodstock Conservation Commission.
Barnard Brook Bank Restoration Project
Sustainable Woodstock’s Billings Community Garden is threatened by Barnard Brook; the bank is quickly eroding and encroaching on the garden, depositing sediment and nutrients into the brook. Sustainable Woodstock has been awarded a grant of $11,714 from the VT Agency of Natural Resources for the 30% Design of the Community Garden Bank Restoration Preliminary Design-Billings Site project. The 30% design was completed in July 2022, and we will submit an application for 100% design, so that we can then implement a bank restoration project. We are very excited to begin this process to mitigate damage that dates back to Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
The Great VT Flood of 2023
On July 10-11, 2023 a large portion of Riverside Mobile Home Park was flooded as the Ottauquechee River rose and ran underneath homes, pouring through mobile home skirting. The water then receded, leaving a wet muddy sludge under homes. With the help of volunteers, Sustainable Woodstock removed mobile home skirting and power washed the slabs under the homes to prevent mold growth and moisture problems. We then raised $75,000 to make repairs, including new insulated mobile home skirting, new heat tape to prevent freezing pipes, new vapor barriers under homes, and addressing erosion under some of the mobile homes. All told, we worked with families to make repairs on 12 homes in the park. Many thanks to the VCF, the Hub, UV Strong for this funding.