New Tactical Basin Plan for the North Lake Champlain Direct Drainages available for review and comment

20150702TBP5The Watershed Management Division is holding two additional public comment meetings in July to gather feedback on the Draft North Lake Champlain Basin Tactical Basin Plan.  Tactical basin plans identify priority actions necessary to protect, maintain, enhance, and restore Vermont’s surface waters, in fulfillment of state laws including the newly passed Vermont Clean Water Act. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings, hear a presentation and offer their comments and suggestions.

Meetings will take place in the following locations

  • Thursday, July 2, 4-5:30 pm, Act 250 conference room, ANR District Office, 111 West Street, Essex Junction, Vermont
  • Wednesday, July 8 6:30 to 8 pm, Meeting room 1, Shelburne Town Office, Shelburne VT (hosted by the Shelburne Natural Resources Committee)

The Northern Lake Champlain Direct Drainages (Basin 5) include all surface waters that drain into the northern section of Lake Champlain, beginning at the Ferrisburgh and Charlotte town line and ending at the Canadian border, excepting three major river watersheds: the Missisquoi, the Winooski and the Lamoille. This Tactical Plan was developed with the purpose of improving both water quality and aquatic habitats, and presents ANR’s recommendations in collaboration with other State and Federal resource agencies, watershed partner organizations, regional planning commissions, municipalities, and individual citizens.

Map of erosion and sediment source risk

Map of erosion and sediment source risk

The Plan, which was prepared in accordance with the Vermont Surface Water Management Strategy, provides an overview of the health of the basin and a description of the priority future and ongoing steps recommended to restore and protect its surface waters. The central component of this Tactical Basin Plan is an implementation table, which breaks actions intended to protect, maintain, enhance, and restore surface waters in the basin into geographical segments.

A full list of top priority actions recommended in the management plan can be accessed here.

Copies of the plan may be obtained on-line at or by requesting a copy from the number below.  The public comment period runs until July 24, 2015.  Comments received by this date will be addressed in a responsiveness summary.

For further information or to submit comments please contact:

Karen Bates, Watershed Coordinator, Watershed Management Division

Office: Essex 802.879.2339

Cellphone: 802.490.6144