On February 10, 2016, the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) hosted a Road Foreman Regional Meeting in the new Chelsea Town Garage for road foreman of towns in Orange and Windsor Counties in East Central Vermont. Road foreman from the two counties checked out the shiny new garage in Chelsea and enjoyed bagels and coffee.
In efforts to spread the word about the upcoming Municipal Roads General Permit, Jim Ryan from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Watershed Management Division introduced the timeline of the permit to those who were unfamiliar with it, giving details about the incremental nature of phasing it into implementation from 2018 through 2021. Most of the roads in Orange and Windsor County are Class 3 gravel roads, from which sediment in runoff is a major water quality concern. Jim pointed out that the primary concern of the permit is addressing erosion; therefore priority road segments that directly affect waterways will be the focus of these permits. Once these hot spots for erosion have been targeted, best management practices can be utilized and applied to prevent erosion and improve water quality.
Pete Fellows, from TRORC, introduced the Road Erosion Risk Analysis mapping tool on the Vermont Natural Resources Atlas to the road foremen, and gave them step-by-step instructions about how to facilitate access to this information. Rita Seto then distributed handouts with the instructions and gave each of the foremen an erosion risk map for their respective town. The data that populates these maps provide a first pass at identifying erosion hot spots, and allow the road foreman a great starting point in order to find and fix erosion problems. In the next year these high erosion road segments will be ground checked to ensure their accuracy.
A onetime $400 application fee and an annual $2,000, per town, would be associated with the Municipal Roads General Permit.