Basin 3 - Otter Creek, Little Otter Creek, and Lewis Creek Basin Planning

collage of stream flowing through rocky gorge and stream flowing through wooded and grassy area

What's New?

The Otter Creek Tactical Basin (TBP) Plan Kick-off Story Map is now available for public review. The interactive Story Map explains the basin planning process and timeframe, contains new data, highlights success stories, and much more. Don’t miss the embedded content such as: videos/webinars, links to VT Department of Environmental Conservation webpages, and a schedule for Vermont Invasive Patroller trainings, too! The Story Map will be updated periodically, so please check back often for the latest information about the Otter Creek TBP. 

If you have questions or comments about the Otter Creek TBP Kick-off Story Map, please contact Angie Allen by email at Angie.Allen@vermont.gov or phone at (802) 490-9081.

Otter Creek Basin Water Quality Management Plan and Appendix, the most recent version from May 2012.

Like the high quality waters of the Mill River that flow through the Clarendon Gorge (pictured at left) and the headwaters of the Middlebury River (pictured at right), the tributaries of the Otter Creek contribute to the overall health of the basin.  The underlying objective of the Vermont Basin Planning Process is to protect the high quality waters of the watershed and restore those that do not meet Vermont Water Quality Standards.  For more information about the planning process, contact Angela Allen.

Historically, the Otter Creek was a significant resource for early settlers who harnessed the power of the river for their benefit.  The Otter Creek served as a means of power, transportation, irrigation, and food.  More recently, Otter Creek has been harnessed primarily for hydro-electric power but also for recreational and agricultural purposes.  Over time, the use of this shared resource has led to competition over the shared use of the Creek which has often led to creative forms of conflict resolution.  The anticipated draft Otter Creek Basin Water Quality Management Plan will explore some of these issues and will propose goals, objectives, and strategies to address these issues. 

Links to Activities and Water Quality Improvement Initiatives Underway in the Otter Creek Basin:

Basin Specific Reports

Additional Resources