Focal Places in Burlington
Englesby Brook : Human Land-Use
Long-time Residents of the Englesby Brook Area
Professor Dallas Boushey is an 80+ year old resident of the Englesby Brook Watershed and we had the pleasure of speaking with him one afternoon while exploring the brook. He remembers the paving of Englesby Ravine (see Re-Shot Photo). Boushey's life story from being a janitor to a university anatomy professor is inspiring and worth investigating. Follow this link for articles on the life of Dallas Boushey: http://www.uvm.edu/annb/faculty/boushey/
Like many urban waterways, waterflow in Englesby Brook is forced through extensive networks of culverts as it travels under major roadways. Crawling through these culverts provides an epic adventure and a few sections rival advanced spelunking routes. The following is an excerpt from a memoir of one of the UVM graduate students who explored Englesby Brook:
"On March 30, 2012, Carly, Steve and I started yet another adventure exploring the ins and outs of Englesby Brook. As per usual, when Carly and I arrived at a 200 meter long culvert which allows the brook to pass under Pine Street, we made haste and started to crawl through. Unlike past culvert trips, I was wearing a backpack and chest waders which made squeezing through the tight culvert a difficult challenge. I traveled onward slow and steady but before long I looked up and realized that Carly was way ahead of me. She yelled back to me and said that the roof of the culvert had ripped open and there was a steady stream of water falling from the ceiling. By the time I caught up, Carly had already limbo-d around the small waterfall coming from the ceiling. Since I had already been rushing to catch up, I made a split second decision to just duck my head and blitz through the waterfall as quickly as possible so that I wouldn’t get too wet. However what I didn’t realize was that a piece of culvert metal from the imploded roof was jetting downwards just past the falling water and I ended up ramming into the metal head first, falling over, injuring my forehead, knee, and ego."
The image above captured by the graduate student investigators is one of many obstructions that can be found in these culverts. This shopping cart full of debris is an example of the curious objects that often impede streamflow in Englesby Brook.
The Crescent Woods bridge
At the bottom of the Crescent Woods area near Shelburne Road sits an old, collapsing bridge. The pools of water that form above and below the bridge are habitat for both fish and frogs. This bridge is likely part of the old Henry Holt property. Henry Holt was the founder of what is now a well-known publishing company, Henry Holt & Company. He built a mansion in the 1809's that is near the Burlington Country Club property, just at the head of Englesby Brook.