Our Work

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District is involved with a broad range of resource conservation projects and programs with many partners. Because most of our programs are funded by one-time grants, these programs come and go depending on public demand, community involvement, urgency, and funding availability. 

 Areas of Focus

Agriculture:   We are committed to providing agricultural producers with the technical, financial, and educational resources they need to be exceptional stewards of the Vermont landscape. We are available for one-on-one “Kitchen Table Talk” consultations with farmers who have questions about water quality on their land. We can help farmers write their own Nutrient Management Plan (including soil and manure sampling) for free. We rent an 11.25 foot Gen Till Aerator to be used for conservation tillage and we conduct local research about agriculture and water quality. If you are interested in these services, please call us or email info@winooskinrcd.org.

Forestry:  We are a strong advocate of sustainable forestry practices and work to ensure that Vermont’s forest land resources retain their economic, social, and ecological benefits. We rent skidder bridges to help foresters lighten their erosion impact on the job and work with county foresters to promote programs that encourage sustainable forestry practices.

Urban Conservation:

We work hand in hand with local partners to promote appropriate stormwater management practices, providing technical, financial and educational resources.  Our main urban outreach is done through the Stream Team, a program that we manage for Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. We coordinate stream clean ups, build-your-own rain barrel workshops, a summer citizen-science volunteer water quality monitoring program, public talks, storm drain mural projects and more. Learn how to volunteer or get involved here.

Resilient Watersheds: We constantly seek to improve and protect Vermont’s network of rivers and streams so that everyone may enjoy the myriad benefits that these water resources provide.  We have planted thousands of trees in Chittenden and Washington counties through our Trees for Streams program. In partnership with other organizations we have also replaced failing culverts to allow for adequate aquatic organism passage and re-designed river access sites to create more stable banks and better aquatic habitat.