We are happy to now have a map of our tree planting up for everyone to see. There are over 40 sites that have been planted with trees to help stop streambank erosion and provide habitat for animals. The number of trees planted at each site ranges from 40 to 700. Without these plantings, vital water supplies would be more polluted and aquatic species, such as the brook trout, would suffer.
We’re excited by the new possibilities for improving water quality presented in the 2014 farm bill. In particular, we have been looking into the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which will fund innovative projects that involve a range of stakeholders.
We visited the fifth and sixth graders at Sheldon Elementary School today to present on water quality challenges in the Missisquoi River watershed. It is fascinating to think that only 1 percent of all water is available for human consumption. It is clear that we need to take care of the limited resources that we have.