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Conservation District gets $42K grant


Recorder Staff
Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Franklin Conservation District will receive a $42,000 state grant to complete work on an erosion mapping project along the North River’s West Branch, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced this week.

The grant was one of eight awarded to conservation districts around the state to protect natural resources.

The Franklin Conservation District is partnering with Field Geology Services to identify areas most susceptible to erosion in the North River Watershed.

The project, which grew out of damage to the Deerfield and North rivers from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, according to Rita Thibodeau of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Resource Conservation Service, has been doing river corridor mapping for vulnerable spots along the waterway, including the hard-hit West Branch.

It received similar funding last year, she said.

The project, she said, is an attempt to come up with protocol that towns can use in land-use planning, including culverts, bridges and other infrastructure, as well as zoning tools to lessen susceptibility to future storms.

Conservation districts are nonprofit entities with locally elected boards dedicated to the conservation of the region’s natural resources, working cooperatively with local, state and federal agencies in promoting best management land practices.