Brandon town officials respond to sewer line rupture over the Neshobe River


In Brandon, Vermont you will find many places to eat, shop, and take in the view of the Nashobe River. Those who live and work in the town, know how important this body of water is to life and business. Including Bernie Carr, a local business owner in downtown Brandon.

“If you look across the country you will find that waterways end up being the draw to communities,” said Carr.

“Where there is water, there are tourists. We are developing that waterway ourself right now,” he said.

Hearing of the sewage spill upset him, and town manager David Atherton. The town is currently undergoing a $28 million infrastructure projected along Route 7, called ‘Segment 6’.

Nearly one million gallons of untreated raw sewage spilled into the Nashobe River which is a tributary of the Otter Creek. The Otter Creek then flows into Lake Champlain. 

“We have an antiquated wastewater system like most of the state does,” said town manager David Atherton.

He tells us, the town has 22 miles of sewer lines that date as far back as the 1930s and 1960s.

“It was a pipe that was within an embankment that had eroded away. The pipe had been exposed and that basically just broke at the seams,” he said.

Atherton tells us, the town did file an emergency repair order to get the problem fixed. Costing it between around $40,000.

“It’s not like you can see it every day, it’s in the ground. You move the earth around from some of these pipes and they just fall apart,” he said.

Atherton says, with ‘Segment 6’ construction for the next two years additional areas will see improved sewer lines. Around 1.3 miles worth.

Those in town, including Bernie Carr are excited for the possibility of the riverfront in the town.

“Is an area we are looking into creating pathways and a little central park for our village, and making use of of the beautiful river down below,” said Carr.

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