VCE’s Investigation into the Environmental Health of the Lowell Mountains with Industrial Wind Turbines – July 2016

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1.  The “wet” ponds are predominantly dry or are not holding the volume of water necessary to provide water quality treatment as required by the VT Stormwater Management Manual.  Further, it is highly probable that instead of flowing through the outlet structure, stormwater is simply passing through the rock berms bypassing the water quality and peak flow attenuation necessary.  This seepage is also highly likely causing the iron seeps to form (see below).

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Stormwater ponds and level spreaders receive sedimentation that is regularly cleaned out and deposited uphill and seeded.

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2.  The iron seeps that are being found at the project perimeter, and specifically downslope of stormwater management features is being caused by stormwater or intercepted groundwater flowing over sulfide bearing rock and leaching out metals, and in particular iron. 

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When this occurs, the seep is comprised of a low pH (acid) floc that will both smother vegetation, wetlands…

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