A series of public comment meetings will be held in December to gather feedback on the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ Draft Batten Kill, Walloomsac, and Hoosic River Tactical Basin Plan. 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, December 3rd, 2015: 7 PM at the Arlington Town Offices, Arlington, VT
Thursday, December 17th, 2015: 5:30 PM at the Bennington County Regional Commission meeting Bennington Free Library, Silver Street, Bennington, VT
The Draft Water Quality Management Plan, the Batten Kill, Walloomsac, and Hoosic (tributaries to the Hudson River in New York) Tactical Basin Plan has been developed to protect and restore surface waters. The Hudson River Basin includes the Batten Kill, Walloomsac, and Hoosic River watersheds, which includes of all the land in Vermont that drains to the Hudson River in New York. The protection and improvement of these waters is reflected by actions identified in this Tactical Basin Plan. The heart of this plan is the implementation table in chapter 4, which includes actions to protect or restore surface waters in the basin. High priority stressors in the Hudson River Basin include acid rain impacts, encroachment, channel erosion, invasive species, thermal modification, and land erosion.
The Tactical Plan actions will protect, maintain, and improve surface waters by targeting cost effective improvement and protection projects to areas of greatest benefit to water quality and aquatic habitat. In general, the Batten Kill, Walloomsac, and Hoosic Rivers are targeted for protection and restoration strategies while various tributaries are targeted for additional water quality and aquatic habitat monitoring and assessment work.
This and all Tactical Basin Plans benefit from biennial implementation table updates. For this Hudson River Tactical Plan, ongoing efforts to build flood resiliency will be a featured priority in the first biennial review, to implement priority actions related to ongoing restoration efforts due to Tropical Storm Irene.
Jim Henderson, Environmental Program Manager for the Bennington County Regional Commission emphasizes that “the Tactical Basin Plan for The Batten Kill, Walloomsac and Hoosic Rivers will become a critical component of all water quality related restooration and protection projects for the next five years.”
The Hudson River Tactical Basin Plan combines the recommendations of State and Federal resource agencies (such the US Forest Service), the Bennington County Regional Planning Commission, Bennington County Conservation District, watershed organizations such as the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance and the Hoosic River Watershed Association, and individual citizens.
Copies of the draft plan may be obtained on-line at or by requesting a copy from Ethan Swift by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 786-2503. The public comment period runs until December 21, 2015. Comments received by this date will be addressed in a responsiveness summary.