Groundwater Mapping, 2016
Geologist & Team in Town
This summer you may see a small group
of people digging auger holes or cutting into sand banks. Some of you
may be contacted by this group, who will ask to look at the surficial
materials on your property. The scientists are required to have
landowner permission to access the property, but otherwise they are
unobtrusive and may only need to spend an hour or so walking the land.
The future maps will:
o help landowners and the town to plan for future water supplies
o identify better water sources for fire protection
o identify groundwater recharge areas
o identify landslide-prone/hazard areas
o identify unique geologic features (Ascutney Boulder Train, remnants from Glaciers)
Volunteer help and any guidance
landowners can offer about prime sand pit or sand bank locations is
appreciated. The team, made up of student interns, the Vermont
Geological Survey and town volunteers, is being led by Dr. Stephen
Wright from the University of Vermont.
To learn more details about the project, please go to:
Town of Weathersfield website:
Town of Weathersfield Blog:
The study is being funded in part
through a federal grant awarded to the Vermont Geological Survey (VGS)
in the Department of Environmental Conservation. The VGS receives
funding for basic mapping through the U.S. Geological Survey STATEMAP
program. In order to be selected for mapping, towns or other public
entities annually apply to the Vermont STATEMAP committee.
will start in June and run through May 2017, with the Geologist and team
only in the field during the 2016 summer.