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
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 District belongs to an umbrella group the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts that helps to provide support and unify the services provided by Conservation Districts across the state.
The mission of the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District (PMNRCD) is to develop programs for landowners and the general public within the District that encourage the best practices for conservation of healthy soil and clean water. 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 our watersheds.
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.
SPOTLIGHT – District News and Events
In September, 2014, the Town of Poultney, Poultney High School, and the Poultney Mettowee NRCD worked together to install three large bioretention areas within an existing parking lot at Poultney High School. The District received a State of Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) grant to design and construct measures, which provide treatment and attenuation of stormwater runoff, thereby reducing sediment and phosphorous loading, as well as peak flows, to the Poultney River and Lake Champlain.
Every year in May, the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District invites all of the fifth and sixth grade classes in the District to the annual Ecosystem Exposition, where they participate in a series of learning experiences focused on local natural resources. The PMNRCD Ecosystem Exposition is one of the tools that the District uses to provide an environmental education opportunity to local elementary students, helping them build on their indoor classroom studies. The 2015 Expo will be the event’s nineteenth year.