And More New Signs…showing the boundaries of the Historic District! In a collaborated effort with The Town of Wilmington and Wilmington Works three new signs have been installed on East Main Street by Beaver Street, West Main Street by the Reardon’s Crossing Bridge and North Main Street by the Old Red Mill. Dale Doucette from the Village Woodcarver made the signs and with the help of the Wilmington Road Crew they were installed.
People travelling in the southern Vermont Deerfield Valley during summer 2015 have noticed occasional murky flows in Cold Brook and the Deerfield River. These have been most evident after rain events, but some people have also noticed murky water in between rainy days this summer. This occasional turbidity is attributable to Mount Snow’s “West Lake” snowmaking pond construction and stream restoration work, off of Cold Brook Road in Dover and Wilmington, Vermont.
The Mount Snow West Lake project is a 3-phase project, started in 2015 and scheduled to be completed in 2016. The project includes constructing a snowmaking pipeline, a snowmaking pond, and the filling of two gravel pit excavations on Cold Brook. These gravel pits were dug several decades ago, then when Cold Brook jumped its banks into the pits during Tropical Storm Irene unnatural on-stream ponds were created. As part of this project, Mount Snow has voluntarily agreed to fill these unnatural on-stream ponds. An on-stream pond causes poor water quality, particularly from sunlight warming water that causes downstream thermal impacts to trout species. Trout prefer a cold-water habitat, and the warmed water flowing through the on-stream ponds degrades downstream trout habitat in Cold Brook and the Deerfield River. This voluntary stream restoration project will have major long-term benefits to both Cold Brook and the Deerfield River.
Various state and federal agencies have issued permits for the 3-phased project, which will provide an overall benefit to water and wetland resources. Numerous methods have been utilized to reduce and eliminate sediment discharges which cause murky stream flows. Mount Snow’s project managers have been actively increasing the size and effectiveness of the sediment capture and treatment systems, both in the excavation of West Lake, and the filling of the two unnatural on-stream ponds. VTANR staff has been called by citizens concerned about recent murky water in Cold Brook and VTANR shares these concerns. The VTANR has directed the use of several and increasing means to achieve the control of the sediment and the site is being monitored by VTANR staff on a regular and on-going schedule of site inspections. Mount Snow staff and engineering consultants are regularly reporting on their continued efforts to address and minimize sediment discharges in weekly and sometimes daily communications with VTANR regulatory staff. The West Lake/Cold Brook Restoration is expected to yield much higher quality river habitat in Cold Brook at the conclusion of the project. The Agency is working to avoid new sediment discharges and those to date are not expected to cause any long-term impacts to Cold Brook or the Deerfield River.
Inquiries regarding this project should be directed to Brendan Ryan at Mount Snow Resort (203-915-5760), or to Todd Menees in VTANR’s Watershed Management Division at 802-345-3510.
New Welcome Signs! In a collaborated effort with The Town of Wilmington, Wilmington Works and the Beautification Committee three new signs have been installed on Route 9 East and West and Route 100 North. Dale Doucette from the Village Woodcarver made the signs and with the help of the Wilmington Road Crew they were installed.
FREE: Class A Compost available for flower gardens.
The Town of Wilmington Wastewater Department has Class A Compost available for use as a mulch, soil conditioner and fertilizer for flower gardens. It is made by composting a mixture of wastewater treatment biosolids and wood chips.
This product is free and available to Wilmington residents only. There is a limit of one 5 yd truck load per residence. Delivery is free! To order a load, call 464-3862 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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We have several opportunities for volunteers! These appointed positions play a very important role in recommending and influencing the direction for our town for years to come. Please consider donating a few hours a month sharing your talents, skills, energy, and vision in the quest to ever-improve our town in some of the following positions:
Beautification Committee Members (3 remainder four-year term, ending 2015)
Windham Regional Commissioner (1 one-year term)
Development Review Board Member (1 remainder three-year term, ending 2016)
Planning Commission (1 remainder four-year term, ending March 2018)
If you are interested in the above volunteer opportunities, please call the town office at 464-8591 or email email@example.com.