Draft Tactical Basin Plans Open for Comment

The Agency of Natural Resources has released the DRAFT Tactical Basin Plan for the West, Williams and Saxtons Rivers and Connecticut River and adjacent tributaries (Basins 11 and 13) for public comment until November 30th.

The draft Plan provides an overview of the health of the watersheds and a description of ongoing and future priority steps to restore and protect the quality of its surface waters. Based on comprehensive water quality monitoring and assessment information, high priority implementation actions are presented that provide opportunities for all stakeholders in the Basin to pursue technical and financial support for water quality improvement.

“What I am excited about is that the Plan gives us concrete projects to do in concrete places,” says Marie Levesque Caduto, Watershed Coordinator for the region.

Over 60 objectives are laid out for implementation over the next five years addressing monitoring needs, protection strategies and restoration projects throughout the three watersheds and Salmon, Canoe, Sacketts, East Putney, Chase, Fullam, Mill, and Morse Brooks and along the Connecticut River.

The draft plan can be found on the Watershed Management Division page. To receive a printed copy of the draft plan please call 802-885-8958.

Meetings to gather public comment are being held in Chester, Londonderry and Newfane.  Comments can also be submitted in writing to Marie Levesque Caduto, VT DEC, 100 Mineral St., Ste 303, Springfield, VT 05156 or  The deadline for submitting comments is November 30, 2015.

Meeting Schedule:

November 17

6:00 – 8:30 PM

Londonderry Town Office

100 Old School Street, South Londonderry, VT

November 23

6:00 – 8:30 PM

Newfane Town Office

555 Route 30, Newfane, VT