Announcements / Opportunities

New Clean Water Portal Tool Makes Connecting with State Watershed Staff Easy

If you were planning a clean water project, would you know who to contact to ensure the project would not harm natural resources, such as lakes, wetlands, and rivers? If your answer is no, we’ve developed a new tool that will provide you with that information. The only data you need to supply is a location, and the Water Quality Project Screening Tool will do the rest of the work for you.

Example of project screening tool output

Example of project screening tool output

The tool was created to provide clean water project partners with easy-to-access contact information needed for reviewing potential natural resource conflicts. After a project query is complete, the tool provides you with the contact information for your Basin Planner, River Scientist, and State regulatory staff, including the Stream Alterations Engineer, Floodplain Manager, Wetland Ecologist, Lake Shoreland Scientist, Stormwater Analyst and the Act 250 coordinator in your area.

You can find this tool in the ANR Clean Water Portal, which also houses the Interagency Clean Water Projects Dashboard, Watershed Project Database Search, and the Stormwater Treatment Practice (STP) Calculator. You can also access the project screening tool directly from a project selected in the Watershed Project Database.

We are looking for feedback on the tool to make it as user-friendly as possible. Before you try it out, make sure your browser allows cookies and pop-ups from the site. If you have any comments or questions, please contact your local basin planner.

To learn more, join Basin Planner Danielle Owczarski this Thursday, March 14 from 11AM to 12PM in the Winooski Room (M240) at the National Life Building in Montpelier or Online via Skype for Business, as she highlights new tools available through the state’s online Clean Water Portal and introduces an interactive map in development that will display clean water project opportunities that have been identified and prioritized through the tactical basin planning process. Danielle will also talk about Vermont’s river basins and their restoration and protection plans through Esri Story Maps. If you plan to attend in person in Montpelier, please RSVP.

Water Quality Project Screening tool available on the DEC Clean Water Portal

Water Quality Project Screening tool available on the DEC Clean Water Portal