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.
The coveted 2007 BCCD Gar-badge Award.
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.
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.