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VCDA 2019 Fall Conference: A Look Down the Pipeline: Improving Community Infrastructure

Fall Conference: 

Communities throughout Vermont are grappling with infrastructure challenges – water, sewer, transportation and streetscape projects - all key components in economic and community development. The process is lengthy, the disruption inconvenient, resources strained – but there are resources and technical assistance available as well as initiatives that can be shared.

Join us on Tuesday, November 5th, in the Brandon Town Hall to hear from professionals and community leaders to engage in discussions - about community-based strategies around infrastructure projects to improve wastewater solutions, address traffic and safety, improve downtown and village aesthetics and boost economic development and community vitality.

In the final part of the day, we will not only hear about Brandon’s major streetscape redevelopment project, but will have a chance to walk around and see the results of their vision for a sustainable and thriving economic future for their town. 

Village wastewater speakers include Lynnette Claudon of Vermont DEC and Linda Lotti of the One Burke Infrastructure Task Force.





VWW Drinking Water Well Testing

Some residents of West Burke village are participating with the Vermont Department of Health and RCAP Solutions to perform drinking water testing of private wells.


Public Conversation about Environmental Issues

ANR Secretary Invites Public to Join Conversation about Environmental Issues on October 15

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Secretary Julie Moore invites Vermonters to join her on October 15 from 4:00-5:00 pm to discuss a variety of environmental topics. The conversation will begin with a discussion on village wastewater systems and how these systems support strong rural economies, fight climate change, and create more vibrant communities.

“Villages form the heart of Vermont’s rural communities, but more than 200 villages lack community sewer systems, which can form a barrier to new, compact development or enhancing the use of existing buildings,” said Secretary Moore. “To overcome this challenge, we formed an interagency Village Wastewater Initiative Committee lead by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The committee develops tools and resources for villages and coordinates the work of funders and service providers. I welcome the public to come learn about this initiative, weigh in on what’s happening in their towns, and bring other questions they have about Vermont’s environment.” 

At the meeting, Mary Clark and Lynnette Claudon with the Department of Environmental Conservation will discuss how the Initiative will protect Vermont’s historic village development patterns and how it will allow villages to treat sewage more effectively. While the meeting will begin with a conversation on village wastewater projects, it will not be limited to this topic. The Secretary encourages Vermonters to bring their questions and concerns about a wide range of natural resources topics to the meeting. 

The gathering will be held in the Dewey Building at 1 National Life Drive in Montpelier on Tuesday, October 15 from 4:00-5:00 pm. For those not able to make it in person, a Facebook Live stream will be available.


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