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 Watershed Planning Program is charged with developing and implementing watershed management plans that summarize existing water quality conditions, identify water quality issues and concerns and set priorities for surface water protection and restoration of degraded waters.

The Basin 11 Tactical Basin Plan is being updated now. An introductory StoryMap...
Tactical Basin Plan for the West, Williams, Saxtons
...shows where the basin planning process is and how to become involved.

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.

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:
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