Basin 3 - Otter Creek Basin Planning

collage of stream flowing through rocky gorge and stream flowing through wooded and grassy area

Otter Creek Basin Water Quality Management Plan and Appendix, the most recent version from May 2012.

Like the high quality waters of the Mill River that flow through the Clarendon Gorge (pictured at left) and the headwaters of the Middlebury River (pictured at right), the tributaries of the Otter Creek contribute to the overall health of the basin. The underlying objective of the Vermont Basin Planning Process is to protect the high quality waters of the watershed and restore those that do not meet Vermont Water Quality Standards. For more information about the planning process, contact Ethan Swift.

Historically, the Otter Creek was a significant resource for early settlers who harnessed the power of the river for their benefit. The Otter Creek served as a means of power, transportation, irrigation, and food. More recently, Otter Creek has been harnessed primarily for hydro-electric power but also for recreational and agricultural purposes. Over time, the use of this shared resource has led to competition over the shared use of the Creek which has often led to creative forms of conflict resolution. The anticipated draft Otter Creek Basin Water Quality Management Plan will explore some of these issues and will propose goals, objectives, and strategies to address these issues. 

Links to Activities and Water Quality Improvement Initiatives Underway in the Otter Creek Basin:

Basin Specific Reports

Additional Resources