Watersheds United Vermont has provided the following update on grants, training & events, and job opportunities.

WUV Grant Opportunities

2024 WUV Grants Calendar is now available. To review the calendar of grant opportunities offered through Watersheds United Vermont in 2024, Click here. Please note grant announcements and application due dates are subject to change.

Applications Due March 15, 2024. WUV’s DEC Enhancement Design and Implementation Block Grant program (EDIBG). Watersheds United Vermont (WUV) is administering the first round of funding under the 2024 Enhancement Design and Implementation Block Grant program (EDIBG), which will serve to support the design and implementation of priority water quality enhancement projects. Funding is provided by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s (VT DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP). WUV seeks proposals for the preliminary design, final design, and implementation of enhancement projects. No match is required under this program. Voluntary leverage/match is appreciated, particularly for larger implementation projects. Please note that this funding can be used as match/leverage for other funding sources. WUV has approximately $200,000 to allocate to enhancement design and implementation projects. All projects are to be completed before October 1, 2026. WUV will not be accepting projects in the Culverts – Rivers: Floodplain/Stream Restoration Project type for this grant round in order to fund a variety of project practices and types. WUV will likely accept culvert replacement design and implementation applications in our anticipated grant round in the summer of 2024 (contingent on our grant amendment). Please see WUV’s Block Grant webpage for grant guidelines and the 2024 application. Please feel free to reach out to Christian Pelletier and Lyn Munno with any questions about this program.

Rolling Application for Spring and Fall 2024 Riparian Buffer Plantings for WUV’s DEC Woody Buffer Block Grant (WBBG). WUV will review applications on a rolling basis contingent on available funding. The WBBG is for organizations to implement high priority, cost-effective, native riparian woody buffer plantings in Vermont. WUV is accepting applications for plantings in spring and fall of 2024. Please see WUV’s Block Grant webpage for grant guidelines and the 2024 site specific application. Please note that this funding round is similar to WUV’s previous WBBG programs. However, all plantings must now follow the 2023 CWIP Funding Policy, which has resulted in some changes from previous grant rounds. Please review the funding policy and the WUV grant guidelines to understand changes. WUV has two additional sources of funding to support riparian buffer plantings for 2024 through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) grant and through the private company Pur Projet. As part of this grant application, please indicate to us if you are interested in additional funding through these grant programs instead of or in addition to the WBBG. Please feel free to reach out to Christian Pelletier and Lyn Munno with any questions about this program and we look forward to supporting riparian plantings across Vermont!

Other Grant Opportunities

Applications Due April 11, 2024. Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) Offers Grants to Engage Communities with Disadvantages in Clean Water Work. LCBP seeks proposals for programs that will engage communities with disadvantages in water quality, habitat, recreation, or access concerns in the Lake Champlain watershed. The Program anticipates awarding up to $400,000 to support direct engagement by liaisons to build relationships with these communities over multiple years. Individual funding requests up to $150,000 will be considered. The funded programs will identify and elevate the needs and concerns of communities that face barriers to accessing or participating in water quality improvement programs and processes. Potential outcomes of the programs include: meaningful opportunities to provide input on environmental program decisions, improved representation of community voices, more water quality and ecosystem health projects that serve the needs of communities with disadvantages, improved water quality or watershed health in communities with disadvantages, and/or improved understanding of water quality and watershed health within these communities. For more information, Click here.

Training and Events

February 14, 2024. 2:30 to 4:00 pm. Department of Environmental Conservation Clean Water Board Meeting. The Clean Water Board will review the Governor’s recommended State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2025 Clean Water Budget and updated Clean Water Fund revenue projections, as well as address other business beyond annual Clean Water Budget Cycles. For more information and to RSVP by Wednesday, February 14th at 12:00 pm, Click here.

2024 Department of Environmental Conservation Clean Water Conversation Series. This winter, the Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) at the DEC is launching the 2024 Clean Water Conversation Series! In response to extreme flooding statewide, this year’s series highlights how our clean water efforts support the State’s flood and climate priorities.

March 7, 2024. 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Phosphorus Loading in Lake Champlain Post 2023 Flooding. Dr. Matthew Vaughan with the Lake Champlain Basin Program will highlight preliminary data on the water quality impacts of the July 2023 flooding on Lake Champlain. Find out how these water quality impacts compare to a typical year and Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Learn how high flow events, like the July 2023 flooding, factor into Lake Champlain’s phosphorus pollution reduction targets. To attend via Teams, please register here.

April 4, 2024. 12:00pm to 1:00pm. We All Live Downstream. Rivers help shape our world. How do we adapt to live with rivers and to steward the many services they provide for clean water, habitat, recreation, and public safety? Staci Pomeroy and Ned Swanberg from the DEC Rivers program will introduce the science, policy, and regulatory work of the River Corridor and Floodplain Protection program. To attend via Teams, please register here.

March 27, 2024. 8:30am to 4:30pm. The Watershed Forestry Partnership annual meeting will be held in person this year at the Davis Center of the University of Vermont campus in Burlington. The draft agenda includes updates and discussions on funding, site maintenance and preparation strategies, the status of nursery stock and production, assisted migration, and bird habitat assessment. Attendance is limited, so register early!  Registration deadline is March 24th. To learn more, or to register, Click here.

May 13-16, 2024. River Rally 2024, Grand Rapids Michigan. Registration Open! River Network has hosted River Rally for decades, bringing the network together for an infusion of learning, inspiration, and celebration. The joyful and deeply moving experience of River Rally combats feelings of isolation, overwhelm, and burnout for network members working at the intersection of water and justice by building knowledge and skills, diversifying perspectives and solutions, recognizing achievements within the network, and strengthening connections. Built by and for the national network of water, justice, and river advocates, River Rally ignites collective action and power for the work ahead. For more information and to register, Click here.

February – October, 2024. Vermont Rivers and Roads Training Program, Tier 1, 2, and Tier 3 modules for 2024. These training events, sponsored by VT Rivers Program, VT Fish & Wildlife Program, and VT Transportation Agency are geared towards contractors, consultants, and engineers and participants will receive 14 hrs of continuing education credits for completing the Tier 2 module. Participants must have completed Tier 1 and 2 modules previously in order to register for Tier 3 modules. Each tier 3 training module is a one-day class worth 6 hrs of continuing education credits with no requirement to take all modules. For more information about these training opportunities and to register, please Click here.

February 21 – April 17, 2024. American Rivers presents the Dam Removal Webinar Series. Rivers and the communities that depend on them face unprecedented threats to their vitality. The impacts of climate change, dams, and habitat fragmentation have created a crisis in the decline of freshwater species and threaten the health and safety of communities. Join American Rivers’ National Dam Removal Program for a series of webinars on expanding dam removal work across the nation, and learn how we can work together to address the climate crisis through river restoration. Topics include: The State of Dam Removals in the U.S, 50-State Strategy, and Federal Policy Agenda for Dam Removal. Click here for more information and to register.

January 31, 2024 – April 24, 2024. Lake Champlain Sea Grant 2024 Spring Research Webinar Series. Topics include: Eating, moving, and eating again: considering cross-habitat connectivity and fish movement improves our understanding of Lake Champlain food webs, Unpacking Harmful Narratives about Individuals who identify as BIPOC and Nature, Subsistence fishing, fish consumption, and awareness of contaminants in fish among resettled immigrants and refugees in Vermont, and Insights of Lake Champlain beachgoers about cyanobacteria blooms and beach closures. For more information about this lunchtime webinar series, Click here.

March 5-15, 2024. Common Good Vermont offers The Grant Series: Expand Your Grant Application Toolkit. This series consists of four virtual hands-on workshops that take a deeper dive into the main three parts of grant management (grant seeking, grant writing, and grant reporting) and a final session on grantor relationship building. To support the skill and fundraising capacity of nonprofits, Common Good Vermont is excited about partnering with experienced trainers in the field to put on this new, highly requested Grant Series. Fee for individual workshops range from $35 to $55 or take all four workshops for $120. For more information and to register for one workshop or the whole series, Click here.

April 4, 2024. 10:00am – 11:00am. The Department of Environmental Conservation Wetlands Program is offering the Wetland Project Review Webinar. Professionals who work with the Program on permitting are encouraged to attend. Laura Lapierre will provide an overview of the DEC Wetlands Program’s review process for projects associated with wetlands. Content will include best practices to streamline site visits, pre application, and permit review. Categorical Classification information will also be provided. To attend via Teams, please register here.

Request for Information

February 28, 2024 Deadline to submit information. Flood Resiliency Project Report information Request. Marie Caduto with the Watershed Planning Program at DEC is working to compile a record of projects that are successfully addressing flood resiliency with the goal of documenting projects all over the state. If your organization has been completing projects that address flood resiliency, please send a brief description of the project including: latitude and longitude, a description of the implementation, the problem being addressed, how the implemented project functioned in a weather event, if any Clean Water funding was used to fund the project, and before and after photos of projects in action functioning to protect floodplains, habitat and communities downstream to Marie Caduto. Click here to see an example.

Job Opportunities

The Montpelier Commission on Recovery and Resilience seeks Recovery & Resilience Director. The Executive Director will help a vibrant community thrive in a future of climate uncertainty. The Director will serve two primary goals: to help Montpelier and its people recover from the most recent disaster, and help to ensure that Montpelier and its surrounding region are positioned to successfully withstand the future climate-related challenges that are sure to come our way. For more information Click here.

Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA) is hiring a Watershed Project Coordinator. MWA is seeking a restoration ecologist or watershed scientist with at least 2 years experience in ecological restoration project work. This position is focused on identifying, developing, funding, designing, permitting, and implementing Clean Water projects. For a full job description and details on how to apply, Click here.

March 4, 2024 Deadline to Apply. The Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking a Wetlands Ecologist to support wetland mapping and regulatory review of projects to ensure compliance with the Vermont Wetland Rules. If you are looking for a position that makes a difference in protecting Vermont’s wetlands,  like troubleshooting solutions, communicating with landowners, and have mapping skills, you may be a good fit for the Wetlands Ecologist position at DEC. This is a temporary position with a 40-hour work week in the growing season, not exceeding 1280 hours in a calendar year with a chance of another 1280 hours in 2025. Start date is late March to early April. For more information, Click here.