Basin 9 - White River Basin Plan

2013 Final White River Tactical Basin Plan

White River Existing Uses

As of July 2013, DEC has finalized the new 2013 Tactical Basin Plan for the White River Watershed. The new plan was developed in accordance with the Vermont Surface Water Management Strategy developed in March 2011.  Under the Surface Water Strategy, top water quality stressors have been prioritized at the State level. State technical assistance and funding priorities for monitoring and assessment and restoration and protection of water resources will closely follow the State’s Surface Water Management Strategy. As part of this Strategy, the process of developing basin plans has changed to a Tactical Basin Planning approach.  This approach is outlined at Chapter 4. Tactical Basin Planning.

The Tactical Plan actions will protect, maintain, and improve surface waters by managing the activities that cause the known stressor(s) and address the attendant pollutants associated with them.  The actions will be strategically targeted to those White River sub-basins and specific waters where their implementation would achieve the greatest benefit to water quality and aquatic habitat as well as being the most cost effective.  In general, the Upper White, Mid-White, Tweed River and portions of the Third Branch sub-basins will be targeted for restoration and protection strategies while the First and Second Branches, and remaining portions of the Third Branch will be targeted for additional water quality and aquatic habitat monitoring and assessment work.  The Lower White will be a priority in future years.

For more information about the update of the White River Basin Plan, contact DEC Watershed Coordinator Danielle Owczarski at (802-490-6176).

2002 White River Tactical Basin Plan

Additional Resources

In 2009 the Vermont Legislature directed the Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional [Planning] Commission to prepare and submit to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources by January 31, 2011 their recommendations concerning water management types (WMT) for Class B waters in the White River Basin. The Commission’s recommended types are revealed in the materials noted below.  These recommendations were carefully considered by ANR in the development of the 2013 Tactical Basin Plan.

Prior WMT Efforts:  Upon issuance of the 2002 White River Basin Plan, and at the request of ANR and DEC, the Vermont Water Resources Board initiated rulemaking to amend the Vermont Water Quality Standards to re-classify  surface waters within the drainage area as recommended in the Plan. The Board had considered proposing to re-classify all Class B waters in the White River Basin to Water Management Type One, Two or Three as depicted in the maps accompanying the Plan and to re-classify Lake Casper in Royalton from Class A(2) to Water Management Type Two. 

In February 2005, the Water Resources Board sought public comment on the proposed amendments to the Vermont Water Quality Standards and scheduled two public hearings.   One hearing was held at St. John's Church in Randolph, Vermont; the second was held at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, Vermont.  The Water Resources Board also accepted written comments on the proposed amendments through March 2005.

The Water Resources Board (currently known as the Water Resources Panel) asked ANR and DEC to withdraw its petition for re-classification and water management typing.  The rule for the typing and re-classification of surface waters in the White River basin remains unsettled and has not been finalized.