News and Updates

Listening session

Join Burlington Conseration to provide your feedback on proposed naturVine Brook Public Listening Session Flyer_2022.06.15e-based solutions to flooding and heat islands in the Vine Brook watershed, near the the Burlington Mall.

June 15 from 6-7pm. To join click on:

enter the meeting ID: 929 0207 9026

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Rain barrels are back!

Why buy a rain barrel?

  • Lower Your Water Bill - Save Up To $200 Every Year
  • Improve residential storm management
  • Easy 5-minute setup

To order: visit and select Burlington and choose your rain barrel type and accessories. Order by June 6!

Pickup: Saturday, June 25th 8:00 – 11:00 am in the Town Hall Parking Lot 29 Center St 

The Conservation Commission is proposing to amend the Stormwater Bylaw and welcomes your input!

The proposed changes stem from the increasing size of structures and impervious surfaces on single-family lots and the resultant increase in stormwater run-off and flooding. See the proposed amendments to the bylaw here and an explanation of the changes from Conservation Commission Chair Larry Cohen here. 

If you'd like to know how the stormwater drainage system in Burlington works, past intern Matt Hemler describes it in this video.

Climate Resilience Assessment in the Vine Brook watershed 

BCAT TV interviewed John Keeley and Consultant Jeff Malloy about Burlington Conservation's grant project examining how to address flooding and heat issues in Burlington.  

We want your input in our Climate Resilience Assessment ! Take part in our photovoice project by emailing photos or a short video with a caption relating to climate change to

Questions to think about with your photos – is there enough shade, is this an underused parking lot, where do these flood waters go? Photos will be displayed on a photomap and in the library.

Find more information here:

Burlington Conservation Department is delighted to announce that we recently won a Municipal Vulnerability Program grant to carry out a Climate Resilience Assessment in the Vine Brook watershed.  The full title of the project is the Vine Brook Watershed Inland Flood and Urban Heat Island Assessment. This project is intended to address urban flood impacts from extreme precipitation and urban heat island effects from anticipated extreme climate events. Find more information in the project website:

We would love all interested individuals to be involved. Some ways to be involved include participating in our survey

Or take part in our Photovoice initiative. Submit photos of something in Burlington with a couple of lines about how that shot relates to climate change. Tips to think about - What do you think about flooding or hot pavements and how these affect our way of life and habitats?  

Or be part of our Community Site Walk. Check back here for more informaiton on dates and how else to participate.