Floodplain Restoration Completed to Help Improve LaPlatte River Water Quality
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Floodplain Restoration Completed to Help Improve LaPlatte River Water Quality

Did you know that the LaPlatte River (which passes through Hinesburg, Charlotte, and Shelburne, emptying into Lake Champlain at Shelburne Bay) has fair or poor water quality (consistently surpassing the state’s allowed levels for phosphorus), and the lower portions are impaired for E. coli (bacteria)? One of the reasons for this poor water quality is … Continue reading

The Aquatic Invasive Species Program Amidst an Uncertain Social Season
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The Aquatic Invasive Species Program Amidst an Uncertain Social Season

Greetings to all Vermonters concerned with Aquatic Invasive Species issues. Here at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) Lakes and Ponds Management Program, we received many calls from passionate individuals on how our Aquatic Invasive Species Program will run this season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and related physical distance orders and the Vermont State … Continue reading

Request for Proposals: 2020 LaRosa Analytical Support Grant
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Request for Proposals: 2020 LaRosa Analytical Support Grant

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) is seeking surface water monitoring project proposals for the 2020 field season. Up to $76,000 in laboratory analysis fees is available for volunteer-based water quality monitoring through the LaRosa Partnership Program and the Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory. VTDEC recognizes that such fees are one of the most … Continue reading

SELECTING CLEAN WATER SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR VERMONT’S WATERSHEDS
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SELECTING CLEAN WATER SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR VERMONT’S WATERSHEDS

The Clean Water Service Delivery Act of 2019 (Act 76) establishes a new water quality project delivery approach to meet Vermont’s clean water goals, and establishes a long term funding source for the Vermont Clean Water Fund. Act 76 establishes new regional organizations called Clean Water Service Providers (CWSPs). With policy and priority setting from … Continue reading

Stormwater Master Plan Completed for the Town of Wallingford
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Stormwater Master Plan Completed for the Town of Wallingford

The Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District (RNRCD) recently completed the stormwater master planning process for the Town of Wallingford with funding provided by the Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The RNRCD hired Watershed Consulting Associates (WCA) to complete this Stormwater Master Plan (SWMP). The completed SWMP includes 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

Assessing the Waters of Otter Creek
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Assessing the Waters of Otter Creek

The Rutland Regional Planning Commission and its Clean Water Advisory Committee will soon be reviewing the draft Otter Creek (Basin 3) Tactical Basin Plan prepared by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. The plan provides both best available data and assessments of surface water conditions in the Otter Creek watersheds. It also identifies current and … Continue reading