Batten Kill, Walloomsac, Hoosic (Basin 1) Story Map

Batten Kill, Walloomsac, Hoosic (Basin 1) Tactical Plan

Basin 1 - Batten Kill, Walloomsac, Hoosic River Basin Planning

Pownal dam, Hoosic River

What's New

The Draft 2021 Batten Kill, Hoosic, and Walloomsac Tactical Basin Plan  has been released for public comment.

A summary of the draft plan is available in this Story Map.

The public is also invited to attend one of two public meetings offered on June 24 and July 8 to provide feedback on the plan.

The Basin Plan encompasses portions of 16 towns in Southwestern Vermont, including Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Peru, Pownal, Readsboro, Rupert, Sandgate, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Stratton, Sunderland, Winhall, and Woodford. The plan contains three key elements:  

  1. A health assessment of the rivers, lakes, and wetlands within the Batten Kill, Hoosic River, and Walloomsac River watersheds.
  2. 39 strategies to improve water quality, including methods to decrease runoff from farms and roads, protect and restore water bodies, and limit overflows from wastewater treatment facilities.
  3. Tips for landowners, watershed organizations, and towns interested in receiving funding and technical assistance to help protect and restore water resources.

Comments should be directed by email: or by mail to Angie Allen, Basin 1 Comments, 430 Asa Bloomer State Office Bldg., 88 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT, 05701-5903. Comments should be postmarked or submitted via email by 4:30pm on July 22nd, 2021. Comments received by this date will be addressed in a responsiveness summary.

The Vermont portions of the three rivers which comprise this river basin have the unique distinction of being the only watersheds within Vermont that are part of the larger Hudson River regional basin. The Batten Kill, Walloomsac River and Hoosic River and their associated tributaries have their origins in the southwest corner of Vermont and collectively comprise what is referred to as Basin 1.  The watershed area of the Batten Kill in Vermont is about 200 square miles.  The Walloomsac River in Vermont drains a watershed of about 139 square miles and eventually flows into the Hoosic River in New York.  The watershed area of the Hoosic River in Vermont is about 89 square miles.  The Taconic Mountains, Vermont Valley and Southern Green Mountains make up the three biophysical regions that play an integral part in the dynamic nature of the 428 square mile Basin 1.  

For more information about this important effort, contact Watershed Coordinator Angela Allen 802-490-9081.

Basin Specific Reports

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