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Sunday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m.–PAWLET–Pawlet hosts a Flower Brook Community Watershed event at Edie’s Green in Pawlet, Sunday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public–rain or shine.

Come hear what Pawlet, Danby, and Tinmouth are doing to protect their towns from future flood events. There will also be Tropical Storm Irene photo and story displays for sharing your own stories and your opinions about future flood preparedness projects. Presenters include Ned Swanberg, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) Rivers Program; Ethan Swift, VT DEC watershed coordinator; and Hilary Solomon, director, Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District.

There will be fun, too–pizza, BBQ, pies and ice cream for sale and rousing bluegrass music by Spruce Knob Uprising. Wonderfeet Museum and the Rutland Area Food and Farm Link (RAFFL) will have hands-on activities, and there will be a watershed model and flume table: an interactive display with sand and running water that helps users visualize how streams interact with the landscape.

For those who would like to explore the stream and to better understand its dynamic potential, there will be a hike along the Flower Brook from 2 to 4 p.m. starting from Edie’s Green.

Edie’s Green is in Pawlet Village off Route 30 at 60 Cemetery Hill Road, which is between the post office and the bridge.

This project is funded by a grant from the High Meadows Funds as part of a series of watershed alliance projects throughout the state.

For more info, contact Hilary Solomon at 802-287-8339; or Elysa Smigielski at 802-779-4454;

Photo By: Barb Wood
Pittsfield residents gathered around a copy of The Mountain Times for Irene coverage.

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