Our Work

Protecting Coburn Road Swimming Hole

This past summer VNRC worked with citizens in East Montpelier and Plainfield to help keep a community swimming hole from being filled in as part of a state highway expansion project. The swimming hole was proposed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation, or VTrans, to be used as compensation for impacts associated with road construction on Route 2 between Cabot and Danville. Thanks to the combination of VNRC’s expertise and the tenacity of the local citizens group the swimming hole — which is actually an old, water-filled quarry known as the Coburn Quarry adjacent to the Winooski River — will be not be filled in after all.

Jon Groveman, VNRC’s general counsel, (pictured) signed the agreement recently at the VTrans offices.
Water bodies like this well-loved swimming hole are a defining part of many Vermont communities. Working hard over several months, VNRC and the citizens were able to come to an agreement with VTrans that would allow Vtrans to proceed with work on Route 2 between Cabot and Danville while ensuring that VTrans would not use the swimming hole or its shoreline for wetland compensation.
Citizens gathered in August to raise money to fund the effort to save the swimming hole. Local musicians, including Coco Kallis and Lafe Dutton, Susannah Blachly and George White, and Colin McCaffrey offered up the tunes.  While headway was made toward covering mediation and other costs associated with effort to protect the pond, more help is needed. Please contact VNRC if you are interested in contributing toward the effort to save the swimming hole.