We are currently facing the impacts of climate change. Heavy rains and floods during the summer resulted in a large amount of pollutants and sediments flowing into our lakes and rivers. However, the pollution could have been much worse, as Oliver Pearson explained in VTDigger (Aug 13), noting that “a decade of effort” has made watershed infrastructure more resilient to the impacts of flooding and climate change. However, there is still a lot of work to be done. In order to prepare for such heavy rains that may occur in the future, we must not only continue this work, but we must accelerate it.
Flood resilience is often focused around “hard” infrastructure such as roads, bridges and drainage systems. These are large projects that require time, money, and specialized skills. However, individuals can play an important role in protecting our rivers and lakes from pollution caused by severe runoff from severe storms. By changing how you manage your property, whether it’s a small plot of land or several acres, you can help mitigate some of the damage from severe storms, reducing sediment runoff and pollution into our waterways. Changes that may seem small can have a huge impact cumulatively.