2018 DRAFT Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan

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Basin 8 - Winooski River Basin Planning

What's New

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.basin8comments@vermont.gov. 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:

Basin Specific Reports 

Additional Resources

Programs or Organizations with Specific Ties to the Winooski River Basin
DEC-produced Publications & Guidance
Water Quality Financial Assistance
Water Quality Rules, Regulations & Standards (not a comprehensive list)