CVRPC TO ASSIST STATE TACTICAL BASIN PLANNING

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) is pleased to announce expanded outreach and services to municipalities and the public to improve tactical basin planning efforts for the Ompompanoosuc-Stevens-Wells-Waits-Connecticut River Direct Tributaries (Basin 14) and overall water quality efforts. The work is provided through a grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Activities began this fall and will extend through September 2020.

The Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) for Basin 14 is currently being updated by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). CVRPC staff will assist the DEC by facilitating enhanced municipal and public input during the drafting process so that the TBP accurately reflects local concerns and priorities. Basin Plans help provide the umbrella for other various planning initiatives, including Stormwater Master Planning and River Corridor Planning, and ultimately provide a vehicle to strategically address regional water quality priorities. A formal draft of the TBP is anticipated to be released in July 2020. Tactical Basin Plans help identify and focus efforts needed to protect or restore specific watersheds through the state.

In addition, the CVRPC will also work with its member municipalities to encourage a variety of efforts to improve water quality. These efforts could include suggested improvements to zoning bylaws (such as river corridor bylaw considerations), assistance with securing funding for project development and implementation or helping towns comply with the upcoming Draft General Permit 3-9050, aka the “3-acre” developed lands permit.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues. The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs. For more information on CVRPC, please visit www.centralvtplanning.org.

For detailed information on Basin 14, please visit: https://dec.vermont.gov/water-investment/watershed-planning/tactical-basin-planning/basin14

Pouliot Avenue Stormwater Mitigation Project Complete

PRESS RELEASE – December 4, 2019

CONTACTS – Pamela DeAndrea, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission deandrea@cvregion.com, (802) 223-0389

Steve MacKenzie City Manager, Barre City manager@barrecity.org, (802) 476-0241

 

Barre City has completed a stormwater mitigation project to stabilize a gully at the end of Pouliot Avenue. The project, originally identified through a stormwater assessment by Friends of the Winooski River and Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC, was funded by a Clean Water Block Grant, through the Clean Water Initiative Program, with local match provided by Barre City. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with Barre City, Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC, Civil Engineering Associates, and Avery Excavation, Inc. completed this stormwater mitigation project in early October, 2019. The project involved stabilization of a gully at the end of Pouliot Avenue. The severe erosion which occurred over time and caused this gully to develop was a significant source of sediment and phosphorus to the Stevens Branch and eventually Lake Champlain. The erosion was caused by stormwater runoff from both the outlet of Pouliot Avenue in Barre City and the surrounding hillside in Barre Town. The implementation of this project entailed removing debris accumulated within the gully. The gully was stabilized with stone gabions (blocks of wire baskets filled with stone), vegetated side slopes, retrofitted culvert, and stone stabilization around the culvert. Please contact Pamela DeAndrea or Steve MacKenzie with any questions. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues. The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs.