CVRPC ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR $400,000 IN BROWNFIELDS FUNDING

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) is poised to help breathe new life into contaminated properties with a $400,000 award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  When environmental investigation concerns or costs deter a redevelopment project, CVRPC can provide funding to research the issues, test for hazardous substances, and design a cleanup plan.  CVRPC is currently accepting applications for funding on a rolling basis.

Both public and private improvement and redevelopment projects are eligible.  The CVRPC Brownfields Program has supported redevelopment of City Place, Ayer’s Autobody and The ReStore in Barre City, as well as The Center for Arts & Learning and Turntable Park in Montpelier.  Along with the Vermont Brownfields Liability Limitation Program, these environmental assessments are important tools in managing environmental risk.

CVRPC is available to assist municipal officials, as well as private property and business owners with navigating contamination concerns.  Please contact Gail Aloisio at 802-229-0389 or aloisio@cvregion.com.  Further informational materials are attached.

CVRPC Brownfield Program Brochure 2016

Liability and Funding Sources Info Sheet 2016

VT Clean Water Act workshops

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) is excited to be partnering with VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation to host three VT Clean Water Act workshops throughout the Central Vermont region.

The VT Clean Water Act (Act 64) was signed into law in June 2015 and focuses on reducing sediment and nutrient pollution across the state.  The workshops will provide an overview of the Clean Water Act (Act 64), the related water quality programs and permits, technical and financial incentives, and allow for an open discussion on how the VT Clean Water Act will impact your municipality.

Please save one of the following dates to your calendar:

Plainfield Opera House -Wed. April 6th 4:00-6:00 PM

Northfield Library-Wed. April 13th 3:30-5:30 PM

Waterbury Municipal Office- Tue. April 26th 4:00-6:00 PM

We hope you will be able to join us.  For more information or special accommodation needs, please contact Dan Currier at CVRPC at telephone (802) 229-0389 or email currier@cvregion.com

VT Clean Water Act Workshop Flier

Save the Date! Resilient Vermont Conference: 2016

Resilient Vermont Flyer

Join us in May to make Vermont stronger, together.

Resilient Vermont: 2016

May 20-21, 2016

Norwich University

More information at resilientvt.org/conference

Vermonters continue to face climate-related challenges like powerful storms and warming temperatures, all while navigating shifting economies and new policies. We must act now to protect our treasured people and places. Join us for the first Resilient Vermont Network conference and gear up for the challenge.

This interactive event will bring together community leaders, municipal officials, organizations and agencies working to strengthen Vermont’s resilience to climate change and other challenges. Gain the skills, ideas, inspiration, connections and resources for on-the ground action to make us all stronger, more vibrant, and better prepared.

Regional meeting of Conservation Commissions within the Winooski Basin (From Burlington to Marshfield)

March 30th 6-8pm

Waterbury Congregational Church (on Main Street)

Please join us for this exciting gathering of conservation commissions within the Winooski basin. Learn what Conservation Commissions have done across the region! See the list of Conservation Stories from across the Winooski Basin below or add a new conservation success story. Figure out who is doing what, where. We’ll be doing an organizational mapping activity to figure out what commissions and conservation NGOs are doing work in each town and across the region. Discuss next steps. What help does your CC need? How can we better help you? What collaborative projects can be achieved in partnership across the region or even among a couple neighboring towns?

Conservation Stories involving conservation commissions in the Winooski watershed

Mad River Watch

Formation of the Friends of the Winooski River

Arrowwood Inventory of Fayston, Warren, and Waitsfield: Natural Community Mapping

Science To Action: Bolton

Science to Action: Jericho

Science to Action: Richmond

Science To Action: Huntington

Plainfield Town Plan Update

Tiered Ecological Communities Map – From Science to Planning

Williston Wildlife Overlay District

Jericho Stream Buffer Ordinance

Warren’s Conservation Reserve Fund

Buildout Analysis in Calais by CVRPC

Forests, Wildlife & Communities Project in the Mad River Valley

Woodbury’s Natural History Publication, Our Town: Introduction to Natural History

Montpelier Invasive Species Control and Education Project

add a new conservation success story

Sponsored by

The Association of VT Conservation Commissions &

The Winooski Natural Resource Conservation District

WORKING LANDS COMMITTEE RELEASES YEAR-LONG REPORT AND NEW MAPPING TOOL

On Thursday, February 25th, the Forestry Committee of the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) released the final report of the Forest Systems Analysis, conducted by St. Albans based Yellow Wood Associates. The year-long project brought together hundreds of members of the forest and wood products industry. The three main takeaways defined a need for:

• increased public awareness of the economic importance of the forest and wood products sector
• industry wide network development; and
• increased consumer demand for Vermont-made wood products.

The committee unveiled a new tool to help both industry members and consumers connect. The Vermont Forest and Wood Products Online Directory is an interactive map of many of the wood and forest related businesses and resources in the state.

The tool can be utilized for a variety of purposes, including to find a nearby forester or a kiln that dries a particular type of wood. The map is linked to the Working Lands website as well as that of the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation.

The report and directory were unveiled at the Southern Vermont Forest Meetup, hosted by the WLEB Forestry Committee. The meetup was held at the Marlboro School of Graduate and Professional Studies in Brattleboro and was followed by a tour of Cersosimo Lumber, the largest sawmill in the state.

Over 60 industry members and partners were in attendance.The event built on the success of last June’s Forestry Summit, held at Sugarbush Resort, and focused on building connections within the sector.

Following the meeting, committee chair, Joe Nelson said, “The strong attendance today is a testament to how dedicated these folks are to the forestry sector. And it reinforced how important it is that we reach out and connect to each other across the state to enhance these private-public partnerships in order to maintain and strengthen Vermont’s forest economy.”

Link to Vermont’s Forest Sector Systems Analysis:

http://workinglands.vermont.gov/sites/ag_wlei/files/VT%20Forest%20Sector%20Analysis_2016.pdf

Link to the Forest and Wood Products Directory: http://workinglands.vermont.gov/node/736