The 2018 DRAFT Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan is now available. The draft Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan outlines a series of actions the State, towns, and local organizations will take to improve the Winooski River watershed. It also provides information about how landowners, organizations, and communities can access clean water funding and technical assistance. Please see below public hearing dates and places.
The Winooski River begins in the Town of Cabot and flows 90 miles to Lake Champlain. Draining approximately 1,080 square miles, the Winooski River watershed encompasses all of Washington County, about half of Chittenden County, and portions of Lamoille and Orange Counties. The 7 major tributaries of the Winooski River are the Little River, Kingsbury Branch, North Branch, Stevens Branch, Dog River, Mad River, and Huntington River.
The central component of the Tactical Basin Plan is an implementation table summary with targeted actions to protect high-quality waters and to address the water quality issues in the watershed. Individual projects are included in the VT Watershed Projects Database (WPD).
One of the most important pieces of the plan are the Basin’s phosphorus reduction targets across landuse types over the next 20 years. At the upcoming public meetings, DEC staff will share targets as well as regulatory and non-regulatory actions to achieve them. This reduction will translate to fewer algal blooms in the Basin as well as Lake Champlain. The plan also addresses other high-priority stressors like channel erosion and invasive species such as Eurasian water milfoil.
These plans are the result of collaboration with local, State, federal and non-profit partners
Public Meeting Information
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites residents with connections to Vermont’s waterways to attend public meetings to weigh in on water quality improvement projects and hear updates on the overall restoration plans.
Between September 25 and October 17th, DEC and associated Regional Planning Commissions will host four public meetings to provide updates and gather feedback on the Draft Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan.
“Using this plan as our guide, we’ll be able to protect and restore water quality throughout the entire Winooski watershed – from the lakes and ponds to the rivers and wetlands,” said Karen Bates, DEC watershed planner. “The Plan lets us get a pulse on the current health of the Winooski River Basin and allows us to determine which actions will deliver the greatest return on our investments.”
These plans are the result of collaboration with local, State, federal and non-profit partners. Public meetings over the next two months will bring these and other key watershed partners together with members of the public to discuss clean water implementation plans. Meetings will take place in the evening at the following locations:
Williston | October 2nd at 6:00-7:30pm
Williston Police Department Conference Room
7928 Williston Road
Berlin | October 9th at 7:00-9:00 pm
the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce Main Conference Room
33 Stewart Rd.
Essex Junction | October 17th 5:00 -6:30 pm
Agency of Natural Resources Regional Office
Act 250 conference room in the Fish and Wildlife Building
111 West Street
Copies of the draft plan may be obtained by clicking here or by requesting a copy from Karen Bates by email at Karen.Bates@vermont.gov or (802) 490-6144. Comments can be submitted to : ANR.firstname.lastname@example.org. or by mail at 1 National Life Drive, Main 2, Montpelier VT 05620-3522. Comments will be accepted through end of business day (4:30 pm) on October 31, 2018. Comments received by this date will be addressed in a responsiveness summary.
See below for additional information:
- Story Map
- Color map of the Winooski River basin with major tributary watersheds highlighted
- Winooski River Basin Water Quality and Aquatic Habitat Assessment Report
- Water Quality Assessment Maps
- Final 2012 Basin 8 Water Quality Management Plan and Appendix (5/18/2012)
Basin Specific Reports
- Impact Assessment of the Barre Coal Tar Site on the Aquatic Biota of the Stevens Branch, Barre, VT
- Aquatic Life Use Attainment Assessment of Big Spruce Brook
- Aquatic Life Support Use Assessment of Centennial Brook
- Bioassessment of the Dog River
- Biological Assessment of the Macroinvertebrate and Fish Communities of Great Brook, Plainfield, VT
- Aquatic Life Use Support Attainment of a tributary of Joiner Brook
- Aquatic Life Use Support Attainment of the Little River below Waterbury Reservoir
- 2017 Upper Winooski Watershed Fisheries Summary
Programs or Organizations with Specific Ties to the Winooski River Basin
- DEC Maps, Mapping Programs and GIS Information
- Lake Champlain Basin Program
- Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions
- Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
- Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
- Winooski Natural Resource Conservation District
- Friends of the Winooski
- Vermont League of Cities and Towns
- Friends of the Mad River
- Vermont Rivers Conservancy
- Trout Unlimited (Mad Dog Chapter)
- Trout Unlimited (Central Vermont Chapter)
- Vermont Land Trust
- Vermont Paddlers Club
- Huntington River Conservation Partnership
- Regional Stormwater Education Program
- Chittenden County Stream Team
DEC-produced Publications & Guidance
- Tactical Basin Planning
- TMDL Information web page
- Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL
- Map of Vermont’s 15 Major Drainage Basins
- Flow: the Watershed Management Division's Blog
- Out of the Blue Newsletter (1991-2012)
- River Basin 9 - White River - Water Quality Management Plan (11/02)
- River Basin 2 - Poultney, Mettawee - Water Quality Management Plan (3/05)
- River Basin 11 - West, Williams & Saxtons - Water Quality Management Plan (6/08)
- River Basin 14 - Stevens, Wells, Waits, Ompompanoosuc - Water Quality Management Plan (6/08)
- 2007 Progress Report to Legislature on Basin Planning (1/08)