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Lake Carmi Clean Water

The Franklin County NRCD is partnering with Franklin Watershed Committee and Fitzgerald Environmental Associates to assess progress and create new opportunities for improved water quality throughout the Lake Carmi watershed. 

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Be Lake Wise at Lake Carmi!

Want to learn how to do your part to keep the lake clean? The Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District and the Franklin Watershed Committee are teaming up to offer free Lake Wise visits for Lake Carmi residents and campers this summer. Participants in this free program will learn ways to manage their camp to improve lake health.

Email info@franklincountynrcd.org or call 802-528-4185 to schedule your free Lake Wise visit!

About the Project

Project Goals:

  • Inventory and evaluate completed Best Management Practices (BMP) projects to improve water quality in the Lake Carmi watershed - what has already been done to restore the Lake Carmi watershed, and what is working well?

  • Identify and prioritize future BMP opportunities - what projects should we focus on in the future to meet Lake Carmi clean water goals?

Focus Areas:

Natural Resources:

  • Restoring, improving, and conserving wetlands, streams, and streamside vegetation

Agriculture:

  • Restoring, improving, and conserving wetlands, streams/ditches, and streamside vegetation on agricultural lands

  • Not focusing on required agricultural practices and other field/farmstead practices, as this work is currently underway

Lakeshore/Lake Wise:

  • Lake-friendly management of shoreline, recreation area, driveway, structure and septic

  • Example practices include vegetated shorelines, rain gardens and other home stormwater practices, crowned driveways

Kickoff Meeting

Thank you to everyone who came out to the June 2022 project kickoff meeting! You can see a recording of the presentation in the video at right.

Get Involved!

Share your thoughts:

We are seeking input and opinions from local residents, campers, farmers, lake users, landowners, town representatives, water resources professionals, and anyone else with an interest in Lake Carmi water quality. You can send responses to any of these questions to info@franklincountynrcd.org. Please include your name and relationship to the lake in your email.

Questions:

  • What is important to you about Lake Carmi? What is your vision for the lake?

  • Would you be willing to host our project team to come to your neighborhood, talk about this project and connect with neighbors? Are there community events that we should attend?

  • Are there areas around the lake where significant progress has been made that we should know about?

  • Are there areas around the lake where there are opportunities for future BMP work - for example, an area of shoreline that can be revegetated, or a streambank that is eroding?

Request a free site visit:

Have you made lake or stream-friendly improvements to your land in the Lake Carmi watershed, or participated in the Lake Wise program? Do you want to learn about additional opportunities to improve and restore your land? We’d love to come take a look! To request a site visit, please email info@franklincountynrcd.org with your name, address, the best way to contact you, and a brief description of the improvements you’ve made or the areas you are concerned about. A member of our team will be in touch with you to schedule your visit.

Stay in touch:

If you would like to receive updates about this project, please email info@franklincountynrcd.org and we will put you on our communications list. If you are able to share your knowledge about water quality projects that have been done or are planned, connect us with your neighbors, or have any questions or ideas, please reach out! We’d love to hear from you.