The recent passage of Act 64, the Vermont Clean Water Act, emphasizes the need for comprehensive water quality planning and remediation. Act 64 is a game-changer for Vermont. Having a concrete, thoughtful and detailed plan is the first step on the map to reducing pollution in rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. For more information on the Basin 14 tactical plan, click here.
Tactical basin plans are written to document and address the pollution in Vermont’s waterways. These plans outline the overall health of a basin and define the current and future actions needed to address stressors and to protect valuable waters. Basin 14 encompasses the Wells, Waits, Ompompanoosuc and Steven’s rivers. This Tactical Basin was recently approved by Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, Deb Markowitz. The plan provides an overview of the health of the basin, and a description of recommended actions that will restore and protect its surface waters.
Some of the stressors that negatively impact water quality in these four rivers include: shore land encroachment from development, channel erosion, invasive species, land erosion, pathogens, toxins, nutrient loading, acidity, and flow alteration. The Plan actions will protect, maintain, and improve surface waters by managing the activities that cause negative effects and the associated pollution, in these waterways.
Some top priority actions for Basin 14 include:
- Monitoring of waters to better determine nutrient load sources
- Assessing the effectiveness of agricultural Best Management Practices, BMP, implementation.
- Preparing road erosion inventories and capital budgets for all towns in the basin.
- Holding workshop(s) in the watershed demonstrating road management practices to protect water quality.