Welcome to the Watershed Planning Program and Tactical Basin Planning - Protecting and Restoring Surface Waters
The Watershed Planning Program of WID is charged with developing and implementing watershed management plans that summarize existing water quality conditions and associated attainment with surface water uses, with identified priorities for surface water protection and restoration of degraded waters. The Vermont Water Quality Standards (*link) as well as Vermont’s Clean Water Act (2015) require the development of Tactical Basin Plans for each of Vermont’s 15 river basins to be adopted on a five-year recurring cycle.
Tactical basin plans identify and prioritize the projects or actions needed to protect or restore specific waters and identify appropriate funding sources to complete the work, based on monitoring and assessment data. Since these tactical plans will guide all watershed work supported by the Water Investment Division, the issues identified in these plans are the ones that will be prioritized for management actions, including funding. Tactical Basin Plans integrate priority issues and actions from, including River Corridor Plans, Stormwater Master Plans, Road Erosion Inventories, and other sector-based assessments.
These plans integrate watershed modeling, water quality monitoring, sector-specific pollution source assessments, and stakeholder input to document geographically-explicit actions necessary to protect, maintain, enhance, and restore surface waters. These efforts are implemented through a combination of Clean Water Initiative funding, partner support, internal agency support, and public rulemaking processes.
- Clean Water Roadmap (phosphorus modeling for the Lake Champlain Basin, and the Nature Conservancy’s Blueprint for Conservation)
- Watershed Projects Database (water quality improvement projects)
- Integrated Watershed Information System (water quality data)
Below is a map of Vermont’s Watersheds with the name and contact of the Watershed Coordinator. Watershed Coordinators encourage public involvement and welcome input as they develop the tactical basin plans. To learn more, identify your area and Watershed Coordinator below.
Watershed Planners are responsible for river and stream water quality and aquatic habitat assessments, municipal surface water protection assistance, and the Tactical Planning Process. Planners evaluate river and stream problems and threats; identifies special uses, values, and characteristics; catalyzes and supports watershed organizations and projects; provides funding and technical assistance to nonpoint source planning and implementation projects; and provides information and assistance to municipalities for local surface water protection.
Hudson River Drainage Basin:
Battenkill, Hoosic, Walloomsac
Lake Memphremagog Drainage Basin:
Lake Memphremagog, Coaticook, Tomifobia