Basin 11 - Basin Planning for the West, Williams and Saxtons Rivers (Basin 11) and Connecticut River Direct Tributaries

Including: Salmon, Canoe, Sacketts, East Putney, Chase, Fullam, Mill, And Morse Brooks and portions of the Connecticut River

What's New

The Draft 2021 West, Williams, Saxtons Tactical Basin Plan  has been released for public comment.

CORRECTION: Appendix B. Existing Use – Boating

A summary of the draft plan is available in this StoryMap. 
The StoryMap presents recent water quality information and offers access to detailed data on river and lake conditions and projects working to restore water quality and natural resources in within the Basin.

Two public meetings were held on August 11 and 17 to gather feedback on the plan. Both meetings were recorded and can be viewed at the links below. Meeting Notes are also available.

The Public Comment Period runs through September 3, 2021. Paper copies of the Plan can be requested at 802-490-6142 and comments can be submitted via e-mail to or in writing to:

Marie Caduto

DEC, Watershed Planning Program

100 Mineral Street, Suite 303

Springfield, VT 05156-3168

All public comments received within the comment period will be addressed in the Responsiveness Summary and included in the final plan.

Additional documents requests from public meetings:

    The Basin

    From the headwaters off of South Mountain in Mount Holly, and framed by Bromley, Stratton, and Hogback Mountains on the west and the Connecticut River on the east, Basin 11 runs from the crest of the southern Green Mountains almost to the Massachusetts line, dropping over 3700’ in elevation from the highest point in Stratton to its outlet in Brattleboro.  Twenty-nine towns in full or in part, make up the Basin.

    The largest of the major watersheds in the Basin is the West River draining 423 square miles flowing from Weston to Brattleboro.  Its tributaries include the Rock and Winhall Rivers and Wardsboro and Ball Mountain Brooks.  The Williams River running from the hills of Andover down to Herrick’s Cover in Rockingham drains 117 square miles and the Saxtons River streams 78 squares miles from Windham to Westminster.

    The 26 miles of the Connecticut River mainstem covered in this basin reach from Bellows Falls to Brattleboro.  The largest brooks feeding directly into the Connecticut River are East Putney and Sacketts Brooks which flow through Westminster and Putney.

    The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s (VDEC) tactical planning process is designed to identify and prioritize state and local water quality issues and implement on-the-ground watershed protection and restoration projects.  Plans are developed in collaboration with state, federal and municipal organizations, local conservation groups, interested stakeholders, and a variety of landowners and concerned citizens to guide management of the waters in the Basins.
    Find Projects in the Basin in the Clean Water Project Explorer.

    2016 Basin 11-13 Tactical Basin Plan for the West, Williams, Saxtons River and lower Connecticut River & tributaries
    2016 Appendices for the Plan
    2008 West, Williams, Saxtons Basin Plan 
    2008 Appendices 

    For more information or to become involved in the basin planning process contact:

    Marie Levesque Caduto, Watershed Coordinator 
    Vermont ANR / Department of Environmental Conservation
    100 Mineral Street, Suite 303 
    Springfield, VT 05156-3168
    Phone: 802-490-6142
    Fax: 802-885-8890

    Additional Resources

    Water Quality Assessments:
    Other Supporting Documents:
    Monitoring Data:
    General Links:
      Major Partners: