Rethink Runoff is an outreach and education program on mission to raise awareness about the harmful impacts of stormwater runoff and provide resources to Chittenden County residents to help keep Lake Champlain clean. It exists to provide data, educational resources, tutorials/workshops, and volunteer engagement opportunities to the communities it serves and beyond.


On Wednesday, September 20th, Rethink Runoff, the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District, Lake Champlain Sea Grant (LCSG), Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), Green Mountain Compost, and Nectar Landscaping are partnering together to provide Rethink Runoff’s first ever: Stormwater-Friendly Lawn Care Workshop, which will take place from 5 – 7:30 pm at the Essex Fire Station located at 190 Sandhill Road. 

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By attending this workshop you will learn lawn and garden practices and skills that cultivate soil health, reduce stormwater runoff, and protect water quality. You will also take home a FREE rain barrel, be entered to win a FREE Soil Saver and compost from Green Mountain Compost, and receive FREE seed packets from High Mowing Organic Seeds. Below is the outline for the workshop and just SOME of the topics that will be touched on:

  • State of the Lake: An update on the health of Lake Champlain – Colleen Hickey, LCBP
  • Healthy Soil, Healthy Water: Best Lawn and Garden Practices – Kris Stepenuck, LCSG Extension leader
    • e.g. soil testing instruction and demo, smart watering, composting, how to raise your mower blade, cultivating healthy soil
  • Stormwater- friendly landscaping design – Annie White, NECTAR Landscape Design and Consulting
    • e.g. Tips for creating and maintaining stormwater friendly landscapes, choosing the right plants, planting for pollinators
  • DIY Green Stormwater Infrastructure – Sink it, Spread it, Store It – Becky Tharp, LCSG, Program Manager: Green Infrastructure Collaborative 
    • e.g. identifying stormwater concerns, how to site and build a rain garden, how to build a rain barrel

Refreshments will be provided!

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*Priority will be given to residents of Rethink Runoff’s MS4 towns: Burlington, South Burlington, Shelburne, Williston, Essex, Essex Junction, Winooski, and Colchester, who fund this program.

Click here to see other Rethink Runoff upcoming events or Steam Team volunteer opportunities.