The second phase of the Shady Rill Picnic Area restoration has been awarded to Watershed.

The site is a small park on the banks of Martins Brook in Middlesex, Vermont. The park is a popular space for picnics and recreation. However, parking at the site has caused the soil to become compacted while open access to the stream has led to bank erosion.

In 2018, Watershed completed preliminary designs for the first phase of the project. Recommendations included riparian buffer restoration, access road relocation, and hardened access points.

The second phase of the project has begun with project partners: Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District, Town of Middlesex, and Wrightsville Beach Recreation District.

The goals of the project are to not only improve water quality of Martins Brook, but also improve the aesthetic and user experience of the park. Additionally, the project provides an educational opportunity to share information with park visitors about streambank protection and water quality.

To learn more about Phase 1 of the project, a brief write-up can be found here. The full report is available at the Winooski Natural Resource Conservation District website.