The Otter Creek Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) 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.
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:
- Addison County Regional Planning Commission
- Addison County RiverWatch Collaborative
- Lake Dunmore/ Fern Lake Association
- Lewis Creek Association
- Moosalamoo Association
- Champlain Valley Farmers Coalition
- Otter Creek Natural Resource Conservation District
- Pittsford National Fish Hatchery
- Rutland Regional Planning Commission
- Rutland Natural Resource Conservation District – Upper Otter Creek Watershed Planning
Basin Specific Reports
- The effect of the 2002 Lewis Creek 3-Trifluoromethyl-4-Nitrolphenol (TFM) treatment on two insect larvae Hexagenia limbata, and Phylocentropus sp in Lower Lewis Creek, Ferrisburg, VT
- A Long-term Evaluation of the Effects of TFM on Non-target Fish and Macroinvertebrates In Lewis Creek, Vermont
- Observations of several mussel species made during the 3-Trifluoromethyl-4-Nitrolphenol (TFM) treatment of Lewis Creek, Vermont, October 22, 2002
- Biological and Aquatic Life Use Attainment Assessment of Moon Brook