Rethink Runoff helps communities consider the impact of stormwater runoff in Chittenden County. Excess water from rain or snowmelt flows over surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets picks up pollutants such as oil and grease, chemicals, nutrients, metals and bacteria, flowing into stormwater systems or directly to the lake, streams, rivers or wetlands.
Anything that enters the stormwater system is discharged untreated into the waterways we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water.
Explore our Basin
The Lake Champlain Basin holds a number of watersheds, area of land where all water travels to the lowest point - a river, stream or lake. This is often how stormwater runoff ends up in Lake Champlain. Learn more about how your efforts can help keep sediment, debris and chemicals out of local streams and rivers.
Our resources for educators are from around the country for teachers and students from elementary school to high school. These resources include sample curricula and activities for the classroom to educate students of all ages about Stormwater and what they can do to help clean up our lakes and streams!
The Stream Team is the outreach arm of Rethink Runoff. Focusing on education, outreach and volunteering,we’re always looks for volunteers. Reach out today and become part of the team!We hold events and workshops including clean-up efforts and stream monitoring throughout Chittenden County.
We just came across the great video from our friends at Puget Sound Starts Here. Give it a listen, then read more about their efforts to pick up pet waste, including the Dog Doggity pick-up move.
The next time you are taking a stroll in downtown Burlington, keep an eye out for color beneath your feet! During the last weekend of September, four artists worked tirelessly to bring storm drain murals to life around the city; each carrying its own unique, awareness message. The intention of this art campaign is to … Read More
Chittenden County Stream Team and the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District are seeking volunteers for an upcoming stream cleanup on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Every year, trash illegally discarded or swept downstream litters the floodplains and substrates of our streams and rivers. In an effort to protect and preserve these important riparian habitats, the state formally … Read More