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Public meetings and comment period scheduled for the Missisquoi and Lamoille Tactical Basin Plans

The Watershed Management Division has nearly completed drafts of the tactical basin plans for the Missisquoi Bay (Basin 6) and Lamoille (Basin 7) watersheds, and will shortly invite the community to provide comments.

The plans provide specific actions for effectively directing available resources towards water quality protection and remediation. The plans will include the most recent information on how the Lake Champlain Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) will be implemented in both watersheds, including use of tools and resources provided through the Vermont Clean Water Act.

The Missisquoi watershed encompasses the Missisquoi, Pike and Rock Rivers as well as the shoreline of the bay. Land and streambank erosion, nutrient loading, and shoreland encroachment from development are the main stressors that negatively impact water quality and aquatic habitat in this watershed.  The Lamoille Plan provides an overall assessment of the health of the Lamoille River basin, which covers 35 towns from Greensboro to Colchester, defines on-going and future actions and strategies to address high-priority stressors, and provides a focus on opportunities to protect very high quality waters.

These plans are complemented by a series of technical analyses that establish priorities for meeting phosphorus reduction targets for from all source sectors, to achieve the Lake Champlain phosphorus TMDL (see images below).

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Total phosphorus reduction, Missisquoi

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Total phosphorus reduction, Lamoille

For the Missisquoi Basin Plan

Please attend one of three meetings, co-hosted by the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, the Northern Vermont Development Association, and the Lake Carmi Local Implementation Team:

  • November 9th 6:00-8:00 pm, Georgia Fire Station, Georgia, VT (joint presentation with the Lamoille Plan)
  • November 14th, 2016, 6:00-8:00 pm, Jay Municipal Building, Jay, VT
  • November 17th, 2016, 5:00-7:00 pm, FELCO Community Room, Franklin Homestead, Franklin, VT

For the Lamoille Basin Plan

Please attend one of four meetings, co-hosted by the Northwest, Chittenden County, Lamoille County, and Central Vermont Regional Planning Commissions, and the Northern Vermont Development Association:

  • November 7th, 6:30-8:00 pm, Jericho Town Hall, Jericho, VT
  • November 9th, 6:00-8:00 pm, Georgia Fire Station, Georgia, VT (joint presentation with the Missisquoi Plan)
  • November 14th, 7:00-8:30 pm, Green Mountain Technology and Career Center, Hyde Park, VT
  • November 15th, 6:00-7:30 pm, Hardwick Town Hall, Hardwick, VT

The central component of each printed Tactical Basin Plan is an implementation table summary with targeted actions to protect very high quality waters, address identified water quality issues, and implement the Lake Champlain TMDL. Over 100 major actions are identified by each plan, which summarize over 1,600 individual related projects included in the Vermont Watershed Projects database.  The Watershed Management Division has coordinated with Regional Planning Commissions and Natural Resource Conservation Districts along with watershed groups to identify, scope, and implement projects identified in the plan.

The draft tactical basin plans will be available for public review by November 1st and will be accessible via the Watershed Management Division’s basin planners or online:

Karen Bates, Karen.Bates@vermont.gov or at (802) 490-6144
http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/basin-planning/basin6

Danielle Owczarski, Danielle.Owczarski@vermont.gov or at (802) 490-6176
http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/basin-planning/basin7

The public comment period will be November 1st through close of business (4:30 pm) on December 2nd.