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Public Meeting: Plans to Remove Rutland’s Dunklee Pond Dam

At Upcoming Public Meeting, Local and State Officials Will Outline Plans to Remove Rutland’s Dunklee Pond Dam

Rutland, VT – The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold a public meeting March 12, 2020 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Rutland to discuss the removal of the Dunklee Pond Dam. At the meeting, a DEC engineer, the project manager, and the design consultant will give an update on the current condition of the dam, why it is being removed, summarize existing information and the alternatives reviewed, discuss the conceptual design plan, and answer questions about the removal project. State officials will also provide a brief history of the dam and talk about the positive benefits of dam removal on reducing flooding, improving floodplains, wetlands, water quality and fish and wildlife habitat. 

“The Dunklee Pond Dam on Tenney Brook in Rutland City was built around 1792 as a linseed oil mill. It later operated as a sawmill and an old ice-pond dam before the advent of electric refrigeration in the 1920s. Today, the defunct dam threatens public safety by exacerbating local flood conditions,” said Todd Menees, DEC River Management Engineer. “Removing the dam will alleviate flooding for Rutland City homes, businesses and the Route 7 travel corridor.” 

State and city officials observed dam conditions before and after the October 17, 2019 flood. After reviewing the damage, officials decided to partially remove the dam. The city, state and federal staff expedited approvals for the partial removal on October 30, 2019 before the flood that was forecast for that evening and into November 1, 2019. A catastrophic failure was averted and the continued design for full removal is slated for 2020 or 2021 pending the procurement of additional funding for full removal. 

The Dunklee Pond Dam public meeting is scheduled for 7:00 PM on March 12, 2020 in the Alderman’s Chamberg room on the second floor of Rutland City Hall. For more information, visit   https://vtwatershedblog.com/2019/12/17/through-collaboration-a-dam-is-removed/

A stone dam is seen in the autumn

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Clean Water Board Meeting

Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, in the Catamount Room (N215), National Life Building, Montpelier

The Clean Water Board will hold a working meeting on Friday, February 21, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public. Please RSVP by emailing anr.cleanwatervt@vermont.gov. Agenda and materials to follow. Visit the Clean Water Board webpage for more information.

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

The Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain's Future meets Monday, December 9th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Shelburne Town Offices, Meeting Room 1, 5420 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, Vermont. For more information and to RSVP, contact Lauren Jenness.

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Canceled - Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

This meeting has been canceled due to the potential for poor road conditions. The next VTCAC meeting will be December 9th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Shelburne Town Offices, Meeting Room 1.

The Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain's Future meets Monday, November 18th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Shelburne Town Offices, Meeting Room 1, 5420 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, Vermont. Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services and Dairy Policy at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets will present on the state of Vermont's agriculture economy. The committee will also review the draft 2020 Lake Champlain Action Plan. A draft agenda is below. For more information and to RSVP, contact Bethany Sargent.

DRAFT AGENDA

5:00 – 5:15 pm

Welcome and Introductions (5 min) – Mark Naud

Public Comments (5 min)

Review and Vote on Draft October 21st VTCAC Meeting Summary (5 min) – Mark Naud

5:15 – 6:30 pm

Guest Presentation: The State of Vermont's Agriculture Economy – Diane Bothfeld, Director of Administrative Services and Dairy Policy at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets

6:30 - 7:00 pm

Working Session: 2020 Lake Champlain Action Plan (25 min) Mark Naud and Bill Howland

VTCAC Staff Update, Next Meeting (5 min) Bethany Sargent

7:00 pm ADJOURN 

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Clean Water Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 2:30 - 4:30 pm, in the Catamount Room (N215), National Life Building, Montpelier

The purpose of this meeting is for the Clean Water Board to review the results of the public comment period and make final State Fiscal Year 2021 clean water budget recommendations. The meeting is open to the public. Please RSVP by emailing Jordyn GellerAgenda and materials to follow. Visit the Clean Water Fund webpage for more information.

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

The Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain's Future meets Monday, September 9th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, Big Ed Classroom, 505 Lake Street, Burlington, VT, 05401. This will be a working meeting to begin planning public forums and drafting the 2020 Lake Champlain Action Plan. A draft agenda is below. For more information and to RSVP, contact Bethany Sargent.

5:00 – 5:15 pm

  1. Welcome and Introductions (5 min) – Mark Naud
  2. Public Comments (5 min)
  3.  Review and vote on Draft July 22nd VTCAC Annual Retreat Summary (5 min) – Mark Naud

5:15 – 6:00 pm

  1. Agriculture and recreation public forum planning working sessions: Define a date, place, participants, framework, agenda, and co-sponsors (45 min)

6:00 – 7:00 pm

  1. Full committee working session: 2020 Lake Champlain Action Plan (60 min)
    • Review production timeline
    •  Determine tone, length, format
    • Draft outline, priorities

7:00 pm ADJOURN 

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee Annual Retreat

The Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain's Future meets Monday, July 22nd, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at the Lake Champlain Basin Program Office, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT. For more information and to RSVP, contact Bethany Sargent

DRAFT AGENDA

9:30 – 11:15 am

  1. Welcome and introductions (10 minutes) – Lori Fisher
  2. Public comments (5 minutes)
  3. ACTION ITEM: Review and vote on April 8th Meeting Summary (5 min) – Lori Fisher
  4. Budget update: SFY19 Annual Accounting Summary (5 min) – Bethany Sargent
  5. ACTION ITEM: Vote on Chair and Vice Chair (10 minutes) – Bethany Sargent
  6. Overview of the Lake Champlain Basin Program and Opportunities for Action (40 min) – Eric Howe, Lake Champlain Basin Program Director

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

  1. Overview of S.96 and other clean water legislation (60 min) – Julie Moore, Agency of Natural Resources Secretary

12:15 – 1:00 pm – Lunch (Provided for VTCAC members and guest presenters)

1:00 – 3:30 pm

  1. Review VTCAC charge and discuss opportunities to increase effectiveness (60 min)

Discussion: What are our measures of success? Have we been effective? How might we be more strategic given time and resource limitations?

  1. Determine 2020 Lake Champlain Action Plan priorities, and production process and timeline (45 min)
  2. Identify VTCAC meeting dates, times, locations, and potential guest presenters for September 2019 – June 2020 (45 min)

Discussion: Recreation and agriculture public forums

3:30 pm – ADJOURN

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Clean Water Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Winooski River Room (M240), National Life Building, Montpelier

The purpose of the meeting is to adjust the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2020 budget based on actual SFY 2019 revenue and outcomes of the Legislative Session, and review and approve the draft SFY 2021 budget, which will be posted for public comment this summer. This meeting is open to the public. Please RSVP by emailing Jordyn Geller. Visit the Clean Water Fund Budget Process webpage for more information.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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