Volunteer Based Activities

Walloomsac River Clean-Ups

2012 River Clean-Up

Walloomsac Cleanup


In the summer following Tropical Storm Irene, BCCD, the Hoosic River Watershed Association, and landowner Bill Scully cleaned up the Walloomsac River and its banks just downstream of the Paper Mill Dam in Bennington. The banks, including a small park available for public use on the south side of the river, and an island just below the dam had been littered with a variety of large and small flood debris. The event began with a presentation by Bill on his proposed small hydroelectric project at the dam. The project went on line in September 2015. It will power the equivalent of more than 200 homes annually.

2007 River Clean-Up

BCCD Garbadge

The coveted 2007 BCCD Gar-badge Award.

In July 2007, about thirty-five volunteers participated in a clean-up of the Walloomsac River. Several drivers and friends from the Bennington Trail Conservancy ATV club, members of the Bennington chapter of the Green Mountain Club, students in the Tutorial Center's Youth Horticulture Program, and other residents of the community participated. The Gar-badge Award (a badge) was given to team four, simply because they lobbied hardest for it!
2003 River Clean-Up

Walloomsac Cleanup

All of this came out of the Walloomsac River

In July 2003, more than fifty volunteers participated in the Walloomsac River Clean-up and Treasures from Trash event, sponsored by BCCD and Vermont Arts Exchange . Trash was collected and removed from a mile-long stretch of river at several pull-out locations, and transported from those locations to a staging area by more than a dozen members of the Bennington County Four-Wheeler Club.

Volunteers were given disposable cameras to document their clean-up experience and the river environment. Other volunteers joined artists from Vermont Arts Exchange that afternoon to make art from the most inspiring trash.

Mailbox rake art

Artist: Matthew Perry

Photos and sculptures were later mounted in an exhibit at the Stark Hose Firehouse Gallery, a former downtown Bennington firehouse converted to display space and artist housing by Vermont Arts Exchange.