Black River Action Team Gets $10,000 Grant

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Springfield, Vt. — The Black River Action Team recently received a $2,500 to mitigate runoff problems at a housing development in Springfield.

The Springfield-based nonprofit works to improve and maintain the health of the Black River watershed.

The money from Vermont Community Foundation will help support a multi-faceted program addressing stormwater runoff and erosion in Pedden Acres, BRAT said in a recent news release.

The bulk of the grant will be used for small-scale projects on private properties surrounding a deep gully caused by erosion.

The work will include installing rain barrels and rain gardens; continued, ongoing outreach to neighbors; and an “adopt-a-storm drain” campaign.

A video about the erosion problem, available at, “really illustrates how much of an impact poorly managed rainwater and snowmelt can have on all of us,” BRAT said.

There is some local match, and the town will likely need to come up with about $100,000 to help pay for the improvements, Jeff Strong, Springfield’s public works director, said in the video.

— Staff report

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