Low Impact Development Technical Assistance for Residents

These web pages provides resources for individuals and groups that are interested in implementing rain-friendly practices at their residences in Chittenden County which will help protect our streams, rivers, and Lake Champlain.

There is great deal of information available on the Internet.  We’ve tried to collect source materials that are most suitable to Vermont.


For homeowners, a booklet produced in 2010 by the Lake Champlain Sea Grant and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation provides a great introduction to the topic as well as introducing some basic technologies.

Click on the link at right to download a PDF       SeaGrantBooklet_AbsorbTheStorm_Feb_2010

As you can see the basic principle is to “slow the flow” of stormwater off your property into city/town roads through 3 types of techniques:

-infiltration-                 storage and re-use-                       -evapotranspiration-



Hopefully the SeaGrant brochure whetted your appetite to learn more. Here’s an overview of the different techniques and technologies that have been developed over the years. The State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) categorizes these techniques as Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI).

Click on the link below to download a helpful primer produced by ANR on GSI.


Now that you’ve learned about GSI techniques, you may wish to get started with some of the simplest techniques for homeowner to “slow the flow”: rain barrels and rain gardens.

Rain Barrels 


Click here to learn more about rain barrels

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are a bit more elaborate. Instead of capturing the water in a barrel, water is directed towards a shallow depression full of native plants. This keeps runoff out of streets and also beautifies one’s property.  Fortunately, folks in Vermont have been thinking about this issue for a long time and have developed the Vermont Rain Garden Manual that provides details on how to build a rain garden and which plants are best suited.

Click this link to download the Vermont Rain Garden Manual VTRainGardenManual_Full


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