Focal Places in Burlington

Englesby Brook : Looking Towards the Future

After exploring Englesby Brook, UVM graduate students were able to envision a very different brook from the one seen today. Their vision included children playing in the brook both east and west of Shelburne Road, riparian land shared by humans and a diverse wildlife, and a continuously beautiful Blanchard Beach, even after storm events.

Englesby Brook is a special place. It is the backyard and home of many creatures, both two and four-legged. But it is also true that Englesby Brook is an impaired watershed, meaning that it does not meet Clean Water Act standards (see the Chittenden County Stream Team website for more information on impaired watersheds in Burlington). It will likely take the entire community to restore the brook: to properly dispose of lawn waste and dog feces so they don't contaminate the water, to encourage creative stormwater mitigation practices (like rainwater gardens), to clean up the current buildup of waste, and to allow the next generation the opportunity to connect to and care for the watershed.

UVM graduate students captured their stories of Englesby Brook and the importance of urban streams in the following videos:

A film of scenes from Englesby Brook, highlighting the role that brooks and streams play in childhood and beyond:

Scenes from the Englesby Brook graduate student team's explorations in the Spring of 2013: