Starting in 2015, the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC), in partnership with the Watershed Management Division, provided its region’s twenty-three municipalities with targeted outreach and support in order to help them understand Vermont’s new Clean Water Act, and how they could prepare for the Lake Chaplain TMDL. We accomplished this by:
- Collaborating with the Friends of the Mad River for Ridge-to-River a 5-town project to reduce stormwater runoff reaching the Mad River.
- Managing two stormwater treatment construction projects for Northfield. Three sites now capture sediment and phosphorus for 16 acres of land in Northfields village.
- Completing the Middle Winooski River Corridor Plan. This study assessed 31 miles of river and streams for impacts from development, agriculture, and natural processes on waterway and riparian habitat stability, and identified projects to address opportunities and challenges.
- Hosting seven municipal outreach workshops on Act 64, the Lake Champlain TMDL, the Municipal Roads General Permit, Developed Lands Permit, and Stormwater Master Planning. Forty six individuals from 20 municipalities participated.
- Organizing and hosting a joint VTrans/ANR/RPC training on the interim road erosion assessment methodology.
- Completing a regional landslide and mass failure analysis, using Stream Geomorphic assessments to determine if sites posed risks to transportation infrastructure, residential properties, or commercial development. Facilitating an unmanned aerial vehicle flight over a site on the Jail Branch in Barre City to further analyze the site. This analysis was incorporated into the City’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.
- Fostering the concept of an inter-municipal approach to forest integrity planning with rural communities, municipalities, statewide nonprofits, and the VT Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation. This concept was incorporated into the State’s 2017 Forest Stewardship application.
- Coordinating with local watershed groups to identify and implement six Lake Champlain phosphorus reduction projects, using a partnership approach maximizing each organization’s knowledge, skills, and resources.
CVRPC will continue this work in 2016 and 2017 and look forward to bringing these and other topics related to water quality to our municipalities.