How can I get involved?
The Stream Team is the community engagement arm of Rethink Runoff, offering volunteer opportunities, educational workshops, and engaging events in the towns it serves.
Check out our upcoming events, Facebook page, or newsletter to stay on top of upcoming events or contact us with questions, ideas, or to learn more!
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Join our team of citizen-science volunteers who collect water samples from streams on a bi-weekly basis throughout the summer. These samples are vital in helping to monitor trends in levels of phosphorus, chloride, and turbidity in our waterways.
Do you have a green thumb? Help us keep our rain gardens clean and healthy. Rain gardens help to “Slow the Flow” by absorbing and filtering rainwater. Volunteers sign up for 1–2 years of stewardship, and since the gardens capture their own water, they don’t require much maintenance!
Stream Clean Ups
Stream Team volunteers help recover trash that has washed into the waterways. From tires to old toys, we never know what we’ll find. This is a great way to get involved if you don’t mind getting wet and getting your hands dirty for conservation.
Workshops and Events
Throughout the year, we offer a variety of workshops on topics like green lawn care or how to build a rain barrel. We often organize storm drain mural painting contests, bringing together art and clean water messages. We are also available to present to school groups.
History & Funding
The Stream Team first began in the spring of 2010 as a pilot project to determine the feasibility of establishing such a regional effort. Funding for the pilot project was provided through grants from:
The Stream Team is the outreach arm of Rethink Runoff, managed by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and run by the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District.
Special focus is placed on impaired streams in the eight municipalities that are subject to the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS-4) permit under Phase 2 of the Federal Clean Water Act. The impaired streams are Allen Brook, Bartlett Brook, Centennial Brook, Englesby Brook, Indian Brook, Morehouse Brook, Munroe Brook, Potash Brook and Wheeler Nature Park.
For an overview of all the impaired streams and rivers in your area, learn more about the Lake Champlain watershed.