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 recognized September as Vermont’s River Clean Up month. Chittenden County Stream Team has chosen to take part in this effort by hosting a stream clean up in Essex.

The Stream Team will be joined by Essex’s Center for Technology natural resource class. Work will take place along the banks of Indian Brook in front of Essex High School between 10:30 am – noon. The meeting place will be at the westernmost parking lot in front of the school (parking details TBD). The CCST will have an informational table set up for easy navigation to the site. Light refreshments, gloves and trash bags will be provided.

CCST will also be coordinating a stormwater-related community project is Essex next summer. During the cleanup, staff will provide details about this exciting opportunity. In addition, participants will get to visit a “Trees for Streams” riparian planting implemented along Indian Brook earlier this spring by the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District through an ERP Grant provided by VTDEC.

For more information on the stream cleanup event and to sign up, please contact Holly at holly@winooskinrcd.org. For more information about CCST, please visit http://ccstreamteam.org.

The Chittenden County Stream Team engages citizens across an eight-town area (Burlington, Essex, Essex Jct., Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston and Winooski) to participate in hands-on activities that reduce non-point source pollution and stormwater volume at the local level. The Chittenden County Stream Team is managed by the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District. For more information on projects and services provided by the WNRCD, please visit www.winooskinrcd.org.