Over the last year, Vermonters have come together to rebuild, to cope and to understand the devastation and loss of life caused by the state’s worst natural disaster in more than 80 years. Louis Porter, former journalist and current Lake Champlain Lakekeeper with the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), has been documenting the environmental and ecological damage from the tragedy over the last year. Listen to and read his work below, and sign up to keep in touch!
The Connecticut River Watershed Council and The Conservation Law Foundation have joined together to step back to look at why Otter Creek in Rutland leapt up as Irene struck, increasing in flow by nearly 20 times in the space of a little more than a day, while downstream in Middlebury the river rose much more gradually, and more safely. The film is narrated by Gov. Howard Dean.
The organizations also looked at the decision to install larger culverts, including near the headwaters of the West River high in the Green Mountain National Forest. One such culvert, on Jenny Coolidge Brook, still stood after Tropical Storm Irene while others near it failed, preventing a costly replacement and preventing erosion and other flood damage.
CLF and CRWC would like to thank those who helped in the creation of these films, including Gov. Howard Dean, the High Meadows Fund, Riverbank Media, Lighthawk, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont Natural Resources Council, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, Douglas Perkins, LPCTV, PEGTV and the Windham Regional Commission.