Basin 6 - Missisquoi Bay Tactical Basin Plan

Upper Missisquoi River - Troy, Vermont

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 6 Tactical Basin Plan is being updated now. The planning timeline is shown below. An introductory StoryMap of the planning process in the Missisquoi can be found here

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.

If you are interested in learning more about the planning process, please fill out the following survey and leave your contact information.

2016 Missisquoi Bay Tactical Basin Plan

The 2016 Missisquoi Bay Tactical Basin Plan was adopted in December, 2016, and is now available for use.

The Missisquoi Bay Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) was developed with the purpose of both improving and protecting water quality and aquatic habitats, and presents the recommendations of State and federal resource agencies, watershed partner organizations, planning commissions, municipalities, and individual citizens.  The Plan provides an overall assessment of the health of the Missisquoi Bay watershed and defines on-going and future actions and strategies to address high-priority stressors.  An additional goal of the plan is to set priorities for meeting targets for phosphorus loading from the Missisquoi River and all of the waters adjacent to its drainage basin that contribute to Missisquoi Bay in Lake Champlain.  As such the plan contains a comprehensive chapter addressing the Lake Champlain TMDL requirements, including high-resolution phosphorus load modeling.

The central component of the Tactical Basin Plan is an implementation table summary with targeted actions to protect very high quality waters and to address the water quality issues in the watershed. Over 600 individual related projects included in the VT Watershed Projects database.

A responsiveness summary addressing public comments is also available.  For assistance using the Plan,  please contact Karen Bates by email at or phone at 802-490-6144.

The Agency of Natural Resources’ prior 2013 Missisquoi Bay Basin Water Quality Management Plan is available here.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has prepared an online mapping tool, the ANR Natural Resources Atlas, that allows the reader to identify the locations of many Basin features.

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