Sugarbush Owner Win Smith Joins Governor Scott for Clean Water Week
Warren, VT (August 16, 2017) – Sugarbush Resort majority owner and president Win Smith will join Governor Phil Scott at Burlington’s ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain this coming Monday to kick off Clean Water Week. The Governor will declare the week of August 20-26 Clean Water Week, a week that will be dedicated to celebrating Vermont’s clean waters, and the public-private collaboration required to maintain clean water. Smith joins Governor Scott at 8:45 AM on Monday, August 21st, along with Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources Julie Moore, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, and representatives from the Nature Conservancy and Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition.
As part of Clean Water Week, Sugarbush will host an Open House of its Lincoln Peak Wastewater Treatment Facility on Saturday, August 26 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The resort’s utilities staff will educate visitors about the water treatment process, where mountain drinking water comes from, and how Sugarbush monitors, stores, and distributes drinking water so it is safe for human consumption. Tours of the Lincoln Peak Wastewater Treatment Facility, Mountain Water Company and Mountain Wastewater Treatment Inc. will be available during this time.
Sugarbush has worked hard in the last two decades to make clean water a real priority. The resort’s clean water initiatives fall into one of several categories: the management of stormwater, drinking water, and wastewater; and stream and brook repair. Stormwater management techniques are employed to remove pollutants, and spread and sink stormwater back into the ground before it enters nearby brooks and streams. Resort drinking water comes from Clay Brook and thirteen bedrock wells, and is produced in strict compliance with state and federal agency standards. Wastewater is managed through a carefully controlled process that involves collection, filtration, aeration, and disinfection. And a multi-year water quality remediation plan initiated in the late 1990’s has resulted in the clean-up of several important brooks and streams. In 2012, the resort received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and was recognized by the EPA for Rice Brook’s removal from the state’s “impaired waters” list.