Tributary/Wetland Restoration Project on the Wild Branch in Wolcott
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Tributary/Wetland Restoration Project on the Wild Branch in Wolcott

Phase 1 of a tributary and wetland restoration project along the Wild Branch in Wolcott was completed in September of 2019. This project stems from a yearlong planning effort and partnership between the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Nature Conservancy, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Lamoille County Planning Commission. The project involved restoring a … Continue reading

Where Roads and Wetlands Meet
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Where Roads and Wetlands Meet

The Rutland Regional Planning Commission helped the Town of Chittenden secure an ANR Ecosystem Restoration Grant to restore a wetland which now straddles the town’s Wildcat Road. The road acts as a barrier between sections of the wetland and, consequently, impacts its hydrological connection, floodwater and stormwater storage, and fish and wildlife populations. The ERP … Continue reading

Getting the Most Out of Local Water Quality Monitoring
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Getting the Most Out of Local Water Quality Monitoring

Finding regional hot spots and concentrating local water quality monitoring in tributaries were some of the suggestions made at a recent Clean Water Advisory Committee meeting at the Rutland Regional Planning Commission. According to Addison River Watch Collaborative Director, Matt Witten, data from streams are proving be more useful than that from the mainstem of … Continue reading

Report on Statewide Stream Condition Recently Released
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Report on Statewide Stream Condition Recently Released

Scientists with the Assessment and Monitoring Program in DEC’s Watershed Management Division recently completed a five year long biological assessment of Vermont’s streams and rivers, and a report has been released on the findings of this study. Wadeable stream reaches were randomly selected throughout the State, and surveyed for water chemistry, habitat quality, and macroinvertebrate … Continue reading

Tactical Basin Planning subgrants to Regional Planning Commission and Natural Resource Conservation District improve coordination.
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Tactical Basin Planning subgrants to Regional Planning Commission and Natural Resource Conservation District improve coordination.

With support from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC), the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) and the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (WNRCD) are better coordinating their efforts to both improve the Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) development process as well as promote improved water quality. Both the CCRPC and the WNRCD (like other … Continue reading