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Black and Ottauquechee Rivers DRAFT Tactical Basin Plan released for public comment by Agency of Natural Resources

Black and Ottauquechee Rivers and Connecticut River Public Comment Meeting on ANR Watershed Plan 

The Agency of Natural Resources’ DRAFT Tactical Basin Plan for the Black and Ottauquechee Rivers and Connecticut River and adjacent tributaries (Basins 10) is out for public comment.

The DRAFT plan can be obtained at: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map or request a printed copy by calling 802-289-0633.

Meetings to gather public comment are being held at the Town Offices in Cavendish, West Windsor and Woodstock or can be submitted in writing to Marie Caduto, VT DEC, 100 Mineral St., Ste 303, Springfield, VT 05156 or Marie.Caduto@vermont.gov.  The deadline for submitting comments is February 16, 2018

Meeting Schedule:

January 23
6:30 – 8:00 PM
West Windsor Town Office
22 Brownsville-Hartland Road, Brownsville, VT 05037

January 29
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Woodstock Town Office
31 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091

January 30
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Cavendish Town Office
37 High St., Cavendish, VT 05142

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Black and Ottauquechee Rivers DRAFT Tactical Basin Plan released for public comment by Agency of Natural Resources

Black and Ottauquechee Rivers and Connecticut River Public Comment Meeting on ANR Watershed Plan 

The Agency of Natural Resources’ DRAFT Tactical Basin Plan for the Black and Ottauquechee Rivers and Connecticut River and adjacent tributaries (Basins 10) is out for public comment.

The DRAFT plan can be obtained at: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map or request a printed copy by calling 802-289-0633.

Meetings to gather public comment are being held at the Town Offices in Cavendish, West Windsor and Woodstock or can be submitted in writing to Marie Caduto, VT DEC, 100 Mineral St., Ste 303, Springfield, VT 05156 or Marie.Caduto@vermont.gov.  The deadline for submitting comments is February 16, 2018

Meeting Schedule:

January 23
6:30 – 8:00 PM
West Windsor Town Office
22 Brownsville-Hartland Road, Brownsville, VT 05037

January 29
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Woodstock Town Office
31 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091

January 30
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Cavendish Town Office
37 High St., Cavendish, VT 05142

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Black and Ottauquechee Rivers DRAFT Tactical Basin Plan released for public comment by Agency of Natural Resources

Black and Ottauquechee Rivers and Connecticut River Public Comment Meeting on ANR Watershed Plan 

The Agency of Natural Resources’ DRAFT Tactical Basin Plan for the Black and Ottauquechee Rivers and Connecticut River and adjacent tributaries (Basins 10) is out for public comment.

The DRAFT plan can be obtained at: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map or request a printed copy by calling 802-289-0633.

Meetings to gather public comment are being held at the Town Offices in Cavendish, West Windsor and Woodstock or can be submitted in writing to Marie Caduto, VT DEC, 100 Mineral St., Ste 303, Springfield, VT 05156 or Marie.Caduto@vermont.gov.  The deadline for submitting comments is February 16, 2018

Meeting Schedule:

January 23
6:30 – 8:00 PM
West Windsor Town Office
22 Brownsville-Hartland Road, Brownsville, VT 05037

January 29
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Woodstock Town Office
31 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091

January 30
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Cavendish Town Office
37 High St., Cavendish, VT 05142

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

LaRosa Analytical Services Grant RFP Due

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC), through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture /Environmental Laboratory (VAEL) - aka LaRosa Laboratory, is pleased to make available to interested lake, river, and watershed associations sample analysis partnerships for the upcoming 2018 field season. The purpose of this program is to help volunteer watershed associations and monitoring groups implement new and/or ongoing surface water monitoring projects for waters in need of water quality assessment. Groups are encouraged to present an action plan that will highlight anticipated outcomes of their monitoring results.

For more information please click the link below to read the full announcement.

Watershed Coordinators: Please direct all completed RFPs to:
Jim Kellogg - LPP Coordinator
Environmental Scientist
Department of Environmental Conservation
Watershed Management Division-Biomonitoring and Aquatic Studies Section
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05602-35221
jim.kellogg@vermont.gov
(802) 490-6146

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

LaRosa Organizational Support Grant RFP Due

The LaRosa Partnership Program (LPP) was developed in 2003 with the purpose of helping lake and watershed associations and other monitoring groups across the State of Vermont implement new and/or ongoing surface water monitoring projects for waters in need of water quality assessment, by helping alleviate the financial burden of laboratory analysis costs.

Watershed associations submit yearly proposals to the VTDEC’s Monitoring, Assessment, and Planning Program (MAPP), to request capacity in the Vermont Agricultural and Environmental Laboratory (VAEL), to analyze routine water quality monitoring tests free of charge to the applicants. Awards of laboratory analytical capacity considers the priority for acquisition of new data in the areas proposed, the intended usage of the data, and likelihood of follow-up action. Over the years, sampling has included phosphorus, nitrogen, chlorophyll-a, total suspended solids, E. coli bacteria, turbidity, alkalinity, conductivity, pH, and occasionally priority pollutants metals, or other compounds.

The LPP encourage citizen scientists to get out and see their streams, rivers and tributaries firsthand, stay informed and learn about water quality issues, and use water testing to identify where impacts are occurring. Additionally, each year, supported groups provide data and
summary reports to the VTDEC which are incorporated into the Vermont Integrated Watershed Information System.

These groups then work with the Watershed Management Division’s(WMD) watershed coordinators and other staff to seek grant funding to fix identified problems, effectively furthering the WMD’s primary mission to protect, maintain, enhance and restore the quality of Vermont’s surface water resources. In this manner, the LPP helps to build new watershed constituencies.

In many cases, the Partners participation has been responsible for translating water testing results into direct, on-the-ground actions. The LPP data have been used in the development of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution control plans, the identification and remediation of phosphorus pollution hotspots, and the documentation of priority subwatersheds for pollution control actions within VTDEC’s Tactical Basin Plans(TBP). The WMD recognizes the challenges the Partners face in securing funding to support the logistical aspects of water quality monitoring work. The funds awarded under this offering are intended to help fill this gap, for those groups whom are also working with the WMD and other partners in the implementation of “on-the-ground” water quality improvement projects. In 2016, the WMD released its first RFP to provide currently enrolled LPP Partners support in monitoring the effectiveness of water quality improvement practices.

For more information please click the link below to read the full announcement.

All proposals must be submitted electronically via email to David Pasco, david.pasco@vermont.gov, by February 14, 2018, 4:00 pm ET using the subject line “2018 LaRosa Partnership Program Organizational Support RFP.”

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm