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About Poultney-Mettowee NRCD

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The Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District has been involved in soil and water conservation projects since Districts were created during the Dust Bowl Era. At our most elemental, we focus on practices that protect water and soil and foster healthy local communities. Our project focus currently involves

PMNRCD in Rutland County comprises a significant percentage of the South Lake B portion of the Lake Champlain watershed.

agriculture, forestry, and stormwater improvement projects. We also participate in research and monitoring efforts in our watersheds, and conduct outreach and education over a broad spectrum of conservation issues.

Created in 1940, the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District (PMNRCD), and was the first of fourteen Conservation Districts located in Vermont. The Conservation Districts were created by the Federal Government in response to the soil loss catastrophes of the dust bowl era. PMNRCD is a political subdivision of the State of Vermont, and is governed by a supervisory board made up of volunteers that live, and are elected by residents, in the District.

The mission of the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District (PMNRCD) is to provide educational outreach, technical assistance, and financial support to communities and landowners to protect healthy soil and clean water and preserve the ecological integrity and economic vitality of communities. The District brings together the efforts of citizens and organizations that share the common goals of conserving, protecting, and enhancing the natural and cultural resources of the watershed.

PMNRCD is located in Rutland County, within the watersheds of the Poultney and Mettowee Rivers. In their entirety, the Poultney and Mettowee Watersheds encompass 309,000 acres and 17 Vermont and New York towns and make up the majority of the South Lake watershed. PMNRCD works closely with our New York counterpart, the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District on bi-state water quality issues.

Since recent modeling efforts predict that the receiving waters in the South Lake will not meet phosphorus standards under current land management proposals, the District has focused its efforts on implementing phosphorus-mitigating and/or attenuating projects and is using water quality data to drive project selection.


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