Welcome to Tactical Basin Planning - Protecting and Restoring Surface Waters
Watershed Planners are responsible for river and stream water quality and aquatic habitat assessments, municipal surface water protection assistance, and the Tactical Planning Process. Planners evaluate river and stream problems and threats; identifies special uses, values, and characteristics; catalyzes and supports watershed organizations and projects; provides funding and technical assistance to nonpoint source planning and implementation projects; and provides information and assistance to municipalities for local surface water protection.
Tactical Basin Planning Tools:
- Clean Water Roadmap (phosphorus modeling for the Lake Champlain Basin, and the Nature Conservancy’s Blueprint for Conservation)
- Watershed Projects Database (water quality improvement projects)
- Integrated Watershed Information System (water quality data)
Tactical basin plans focus on the projects or actions needed to protect or restore specific waters and identify appropriate funding sources to complete the work, based on monitoring and assessment data. Since these tactical plans will guide all watershed work supported by the Watershed Management Division, the issues identified in these plans are the ones that will be prioritized for management attention, including funding. Tactical Basin Plans integrate priority items from complementary plans, including River Corridor Plans, Stormwater Master Plans, Backroads Inventories, and Agricultural Environmental Assessments.
If you are aware of pollution run-off issues in your watershed, such as eroding dirt roads, poor culvert placements, stream or lakeshore erosion, clear-cutting, etc., it’s important to let your watershed coordinator know, such that these can be evaluated for inclusion in tactical basin plans. If potential problems are not listed in these plans, they may not receive support from the Watershed Management Division.
Below is a map of Vermont’s Watersheds with the name and contact of the Watershed Coordinator. Watershed Coordinators encourage public involvement and welcome input as they develop the tactical basin plans. To learn more, identify your area and Watershed Coordinator below.
Hudson River Drainage Basin:
Battenkill, Hoosic, Walloomsac
Lake Memphremagog Drainage Basin:
Lake Memphremagog, Coaticook, Tomifobia