Monday, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. – Windham Regional Woodlands Association will sponsor a talk by Vermont State Representative David Deen about the importance of riparian zones. Representative Deen is Chair of the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources and Upper Valley River Steward, Connecticut River Watershed Alliance.
A riparian zone is the three-dimensional land area directly adjacent to the water of a wetland, lake, or river that interacts with both the water and land ecosystems. It serves ecological functions disproportionately large relative to its small land area. A healthy riparian zone slows the flow of overland runoff allowing the soils to absorb nitrate and phosphorus pollution, reduces pathogens making their way to the river, helps control over-land soil erosion, and provides food and shade for life in the water. These zones are especially important in reducing riverbank erosion during flood events.
Location: The Vermont Learning Collaborative, located at 471 Route 5, in Dummerston, VT is wheelchair accessible. The program is free and open to the public.
For further information, contact Arthur Westing at 802-387-2865 or .