* Project: VT Batten Kill Cemetery Run
* Location: Batten Kill along the West Arlington Cemetery and upstream and downstream, Arlington, VT.
* Time frame: September 2016.
* Partners: Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dept., Trout & Salmon Foundation, Bennington County Conservation District, Town of Arlington, & private landowners.
* Problem description: The problems along this section of the Batten Kill were the lack of cover and shelter for the trout and banks that are eroding or in danger of eroding. It was important to protect the banks of the Cemetery in particular in order to protect the graves at the top of the bank. It is also useful to protect the River Road embankment at the downstream end.
* Planned project work: This project has improved trout habitat and stabilized banks near the Cemetery and near River Road. Structures of wood and stone have been installed that will provide cover and shelter for trout in both pools and shallow areas. Structures of wood and stone have been installed along the banks subject to erosion that will protect them from the force of the current and also improve river dynamics and habitat. .... The five BEFORE photos show first a view upstream towards the Covered Bridge, then Dan McKinley and Scott Wixsom of Green Mountain National Forest and Ken Cox of Vermont Fish & Wildlife looking things over, then Scott along the steep Cemetery bank, then the gravestones at the top of the bank, and finally the bend downstream near River Road that needs stabilization.... Then there are five AFTER photos, showing first some of the structures protecting the Cemetery bank -- note bench at grave at top of bank, then a boulder cluster, then two pics of the large bank stabilization bunker near River Road on the downstream end, then a convoy structure of trees and stone for cover and shelter.