Green Stormwater Infrastructure Workshop

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission invites you to:

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Workshop

Alternative Techniques for Managing Stormwater

 

Two Dates:

October 28th, 6 pm – 8:30 pm &

October 29th, 10 am – 12:30 pm

Northfield Public Library

 

Managing stormwater runoff and water quality is a growing issue for municipalities in the Winooski River watershed of Central Vermont.  Join fellow selectboard members, planning commissioners, public works officials, and highway officials to learn about Green Infrastructure(GI). Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas.  When rain falls in undeveloped areas, the water is absorbed and filtered by soil and plants.  When rain falls on our roofs, streets, and parking lots, however, the water cannot soak into the ground.  In most urban areas, stormwater is drained through engineered collection systems and discharged into nearby waterbodies.  The stormwater carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape, degrading the quality of the receiving waters.  Higher flows can also cause erosion and flooding in urban streams, damaging habitat, property, and infrastructure.

Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage water and create healthier urban environments.  At the scale of a city or county, green infrastructure refers to the patchwork of natural areas that provides habitat, flood protection, cleaner air, and cleaner water. At the scale of a neighborhood or site, green infrastructure refers to stormwater management systems that mimic nature by soaking up and storing water.  The workshop will cover basic concepts, tools for implementation, and a site visit and exercises to get you thinking about how to use GI in your municipality.

 Care for more information?

Check out http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/waterq/stormwater/htm/sw_green_infrastructure.htm

Or

http://vpic.info/GreenInfrastructureToolkit.html

There is NO COST for this workshop, and light refreshments will be served.

Please contact Gail Aloisio, aloisio@cvregion.com or 802-229-0389 with questions

Executive session? Adjustments to the agenda? Retaining records forever and saving every email, really?

For those who wonder about our responsibilities under VT open meeting and public records laws, VT Secretary of State Jim Condos has announced the start of his third biennial Transparency Tour. The tour will stop at 12 locations across the state to discuss Vermont’s public records and open meeting laws with municipal and state employees and citizens who serve on local government boards. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  The Tour will be at the Montpelier Kellogg Hubbard Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main St. on October 19th from 6-8pm.  The Tour continues in other areas of the state through mid-November.  The full press release with dates can be found at https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/715344/PR-2015-10-07-Sec-Condos-Announces-Third-Statewide-Transparency-Tour.pdf.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the details of these laws and how they apply to the regular work of local and regional boards and committees as well as to the work of staff.  If you can’t make a session please take some time to check out the Secretary of State website – there is a great deal of information available there as well.