Cambridge Elementary School has a major new system for handling water runoff from its property, and a celebration is planned at the school May 13 at 9:30 a.m.
New underground chambers will treat runoff from about 90 percent of impervious surfaces — roofs, sidewalks, parking areas — and an overflow swale will capture runoff from floods.
The system is designed to keep runoff from going directly into the Brewster River, and should improve the river’s water quality, said Meghan Rodier of the Lamoille County Planning Commission.
The planning commission worked with town and school officials on the project, and students got involved, too — for instance, the installed a rain barrel at the School. Funding for this project was provided by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Ecosystem Restoration Program, and the High Meadows Fund.
The ceremony will include an educational explanation and visuals of the new stormwater mitigation system, presented by Watershed Consulting Associates.