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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.

Upcoming Events and Workshops

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Each seasonal issue is packed with things to you do to help keep Lake Champlain clean, and we’ll never share your information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Stream Monitoring

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.

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Adopt-a-Rain-Garden

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!

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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.

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Workshop & 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.

Book a Speaker

Do you have a classroom or community organization that is interested in learning about water quality? Book a guest speaker from the Stream Team! We are happy to present to groups of any age with interactive programs ranging from “Build a Watershed” for younger learners to “Change Your Stormwater Footprint” for adults. Read on to learn more about our offerings. Presentations are offered free of charge to any school or community organization based in our 9-municipality service area.

Sample Topics

The Water Cycle (K-5)

Learn about the way water flows through our community through a series of songs and games. Brainstorm what you can do to help keep water clean for everyone.

Watershed Explorers (Middle School)

Are you ready to build mountains and create rivers? Work with a team to create your very own watershed! Find out what happens when it rains and consider what changes you could make on the landscape to keep the water clean and healthy.

Change Your Stormwater Footprint (High School/Adult)

Learn about simple actions you can take to help keep local streams and lakes clean. We will discuss solutions like building rain barrels, installing rain gardens, changing you winter de-icing techniques and adopting new landscaping strategies.

Urban Streams in Chittenden County: A Review (High School/Adult)

The stream team has been collecting water quality data for the past 8 years on urban streams in Chittenden county. In this presentation we review what we have learned from the data and discuss how individuals can make a difference to improve the health of our streams.

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About The Stream Team

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.

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: