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Department of Public Works

2020 South End Green Stormwater Infrastructure


This is an example from Booth St of what the new gardens will look like, albeit on a larger footprint.UPDATE: Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, this project is currently on hold. We will communicate with the neighborhood as soon as possible regarding next steps for public engagement. We will not begin construction until further dialogue with the neighborhood. Construction will not likely begin until late 2020 or 2021. The map below reflects the locations where these proposed projects would be installed. Please note, there is a separate effort of soil borings going on to potentially inform future projects (which would include unseen subsurface infrastructure). No projects are planned under that soil boring work at this time.

We will be building 6 roadway bioretention projects - consisting of 15 separate rain gardens and other treatment systems - to slow storm flows and filter out pollutants. These projects are being built with grant-funding at no cost to the ratepayer. Each generation of Burlingtonians has made significant progress in reducing their footprint on Lake Champlain. The Clean Water Resiliency Plan (CWRP) - approved by over 90% of voters in 2018 - is our effort to reinvest in and upgrade our aging infrastructure, and use best practices to combat the effects of and become more resilient to climate change. These 6 projects were planned under the CWRP with years of careful planning, sound engineering and design, using a best practices approach to managing stormwater in the 21st century. Collectively, these projects will manage nearly 6 acres of stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces, and help mitigate the most challenging of the few remaining Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) points in Burlington. 

Here's a map of the GSI projects - highlighted in green - we have planned this year in the South End.

POSTPONED -- We invite you to join us on March 31, 2020 at 6PM at 645 Pine St for a neighborhood meeting to discuss this project. We are excited to share details about the benefits that these installations will bring to the neighborhood, to the City and to our watershed. We will also discuss likely construction impacts and the removal of on-street parking required to install these rain-gardens. 

POSTPONED -- We also anticipate going to the DPW Commission in April as their approval is required for the removal of any on-street parking. There are opportunities for public comment at these meetings. You can also share your feedback with us directly to be included as supplemental material at the Commission if you cannot attend.




Jenna Olson
    Water Policy & Programs Manager
    JOlson@burlingtonvt.gov, 802-863-4501