Stormwater Designer Training Events

The adopted 2017 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual (VSMM) Rule will become effective on July 1, 2017.  Administratively complete stormwater permit applications received by the Department prior to that date may design and submit under the 2002 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual.

The adopted 2017 VSMM, and related rule-making filings, remain posted on the Stormwater Program Manual update web page: The Stormwater Management Rules, Chapter 18 and Chapter 22, were also updated concurrently only as necessary to reference the new Manual.  Those changes to the Rules to reflect the 2017 VSMM also take effect on July 1, 2017.

As a reminder, the adopted version of the 2017 VSMM Rule is reflective of requirements only, and is not reflective of guidance, schematics, photos, or other depictions that will serve as guidance, as previously had been included in the preliminary March 1, 2016 draft.

The DEC Stormwater Program has since re-packaged the content of the adopted 2017 VSMM Rule document in a user-friendly, manual format, inclusive of additional guidance, including design schematics and photos, that will be useful to designers and the public in applying the Rule.  The repackaged 2017 Manual is expected to be released this Monday, April 17, 2017 and will be posted at the above link at that time along with these updates.

The Stormwater Program is also in the process of updating application materials and other documents that will support use of the new Manual.  This effort will involve further refinement of the STP Selection Tool and supporting guidance related to justification and feasibility of STP selection under the Water Quality Treatment Standard, and refinement of other tools that will simplify use of the new Manual and permit application submittal.  We expect to release updated permit application materials and application preparation and design tools that will be applicable to permit applications submitted under the 2017 Manual in early May.



Designer Training for 2017 VSMM Overview and Permit Application Preparation


The Department’s Stormwater Program will be offering several training events on the new Manual in May to support designers in their understanding of the new requirements and preparation of stormwater permit applications under the 2017 VSMM.  The program has partnered with a number of organizations around the state in offering these training opportunities.  Although the events will be free, the training events will have as assigned capacity based on the capacity of the venue, so it will be required that you RSVP to secure your spot.  Again, this training will focus on design and application preparation and geared towards the stormwater design and engineering community, however all stakeholders are welcome to attend.  The Stormwater Program also expects to schedule additional opportunities for training and outreach as needed, beyond this first initial offering which focuses on permit application design and preparation.


Each of the training events will include an overview of the new Manual with Stormwater Program staff, including applying the updated stormwater treatment standards under the new runoff-reduction approach and prioritized Water Quality Practice Selection framework.  The training will include a review of the stormwater treatment practice design requirements, including a review of changes to certain practices.   The training will also include a review of new application materials, supporting guidance, and application preparation tools, including design examples.


The stormwater designer training events scheduled are as follows and require RSVP to Kevin Burke, for attendance.


When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  (sign-in 8:30-9)

Where: Martin Memorial Hall, Weathersfield, Vermont (5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT 05030)

Presented in partnership with the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission ( and

the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (


When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  (sign-in 8:30-9)

Where: Rutland City Department of Public Works, 52 Washington Street, Rutland, Vermont

Presented in partnership with the Green Mountain Water Environment Association (


When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  (sign-in 8:30-9)

Where: Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Offices, 110 West Canal Street, Suite 202, Winooski, Vermont

Presented in partnership with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (


When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  (sign-in 8:30-9)

Where: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Montpelier Office, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, Montpelier Room, Montpelier, Vermont

Help Identify and Prioritize Vulnerable Sites In the Mad River and Thatcher Brook Watersheds

Press Release

Valley Reporter



Help Identify and Prioritize Vulnerable Sites

In the Mad River and Thatcher Brook Watersheds



Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is conducting a flood study in the area along the Mad River, the Winooski River, and Thatcher Brook in the towns of Duxbury, Fayston, Middlesex, Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, and Waterbury. The purpose of the study is to 1) develop flood inundation data, 2) identify key vulnerable infrastructure, and 3) identify treatment options for these vulnerable sites. The study is a direct result of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.  It will help guide redevelopment and lead to mitigation actions to reduce risks to public safety and infrastructure in the future.  The inundation data will help the communities in a variety of ways:

  • Understand the extent of flood inundation from various storm events;
  • Support flood risk analysis related to mitigation and planning;
  • Explore “What if” scenarios in support of preparedness;
  • Provide timely response based on real time gauge and forecast information;
  • Support damage assessment related to recovery efforts; and
  • Support Environmental and Ecological Assessments – wetlands identification and hazardous spill cleanup.


CVRPC has contracted with Dubois & King Inc. of Randolph, Vermont to perform the study.  The field work is substantially complete and the preliminary inundation data has been gathered.  Using the data, CVRPC has created maps identifying the vulnerable infrastructure (roads, bridges, culverts, utilities, homes, businesses, etc.) located in the most vulnerable sites, at the 10, 25 and 50 year flood profiles.  CVRPC is presenting this information to the community during the next two weeks.  We are interested in receiving feedback from the community on identifying the priority sites (the most vulnerable sites). We are combining meetings between the seven communities in the flood study area.   You are invited and encouraged to attend your community meeting. We look forward to your participation and insight.  The Community Meeting schedule is posted below.  This project is funded by a VCDP grant awarded by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, in the amount of $62,250.


Fayston and Waitsfield:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Room

Waitsfield Town Offices

4144 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT  05673



Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Warren Town Hall, Top Floor meeting space

413 Main Street, Warren, VT 05674


Duxbury and Moretown:

Friday, April 14, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Moretown Town Hall

1147 Route 100B, Moretown, VT 05660


Waterbury and Middlesex:

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Steele Community Room

Waterbury Municipal Offices

28 North Main Street, Waterbury, VT


For more information contact Laura Ranker, Emergency Management Planner

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

29 Main Street, Suite 4

Montpelier, VT 05602

Phone:  (802) 229-0389



Making River Corridors Work for You Workshop

Cold Hollow to Canada, the Missisquoi River Basin Association and the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain are co-sponsoring a workshop lead by staff from UVM Sea Grant and the Vermont Rivers Program called Making River Corridors Work for You on Tuesday, April 18th from 5 – 8:30 pm at the Cold Hollow Career Center in Enosburg Falls. From 5-6 pm a river/stream flume will be open to the public to explore and then a workshop for others involved in planning and conservation will run from 6-8:30 pm.

This hands-on workshop will be held for conservation commissions, water quality groups, and planning commissions in Franklin County. Community members interested in resiliency planning, wildlife connectivity and water quality are welcome as well. Dinner will be provided. From 5-6 pm families and individuals are invited to participate in a hands-on learning session about how streams and rivers work, trying their hands as stream engineers with a model stream table. The workshop will begin at 6 pm for others.

During this interactive session you will:
• try your hand as a stream engineer, manipulating stream pathways, culverts, and bank stabilization to see what happens over time with a stream demonstration table;
• learn about the intersection between wildlife and infrastructure in river corridors;
• learn about the importance of river corridors and how towns can create a river corridor plan;
• see Agency of Natural Resources Atlas tools to aid town resiliency planning;
• be introduced to model river corridor bylaws, assistance available, and steps to adopt them

Workshop will be lead by staff from UVM Sea Grant and the Vermont Rivers Program, with support from the workshop co-sponsors including Missisquoi River Basin Association, and Friends of Northern Lake Champlain.

Register in advance:

Dinner will be included and there is no charge for the workshop. Visit the Cold Hollow to Canada website for details here:

Newly Elected Selectboard Members! This course is for you: ICS 402 Training

Newly Elected Selectboard Members, learn the basics of the Incident Command System

The purpose of this course is to provide an orientation to the Incident Command System (ICS) for Executives and Senior Officials (including elected officials, city/county managers, agency administrators, etc.).  This training is required of all Selectboard members certifying the LEOP (Local Emergency Operations Plan).

When:                        Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time:              9:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon)

Where:           Offices of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

29 Main Street, Suite 14

Montpelier, VT 05602

(Second Floor above Rite Aid Pharmacy on Main Street. Parking in back & on side of building)

There is no fee for this class.  Class materials and guidebook are provided.

To sign up for the course, please fill out the form below and contact Laura Ranker, CVRPC Planner          

ICS 402 Training Registration Form

(802) 229-0389


Worcester Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Town of Worcester has been in the process of updating the local hazard mitigation plan and a draft is available for public review and comment.  The Town of Worcester, VT 2017 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan is developed to recognize the hazards facing the community and identify strategies  to reduce risks from these acknowledge hazards thereby reducing the loss of life and property during times of hazardous events.  Having a local hazard mitigation plan allows Worcester to access state hazard mitigation grant funds and federal relief assistance for specific mitigation projects designed to reduce and/or eliminate vulnerabilities resulting from the occurrence of disaster events. Work under this plan update process is supported by the CVRPC and funded by a grant award under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

The Worcester Hazard Mitigation Plan will be reviewed by the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security prior to submittal to FEMA for final approval.  Any comments received during the review process will be considered by the Board of Selectmen for inclusion into a final draft plan.  Prior to FEMA approval, the Board of Selectmen must adopt the final plan by resolution.  Prior to plan adoption, the Board will hold a public hearing to gain public comment. The adopted plan and certificate of adoption will be sent to FEMA and upon their review, FEMA will issue a formal Letter of Approval.  The plan will be effective for five years from the date of FEMA approval at which time the plan will need to be updated and adopted again.

Worcester Draft LHMP

Winooski NRCD Hosting Required Agricultural Practices Workshop

To assist farmers and the public in understanding the new Required Agricultural Practices, the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District is holding a free workshop on the new RAP’s Tuesday February 21 from 10am – noon at the Waterbury Congregational Church.  All are welcome to attend this presentation featuring staff from the VT Agency of Ag and Markets and displays on farmer’s resources and technical assistance provided by local and regional organizations. There will be a Q and A following the presentation. For more information or to request to setup a display please email:  or visit:

WNRCD District Manager, Corrina Parnapy says: “The numbers of small and non-traditional farms are on the rise throughout Vermont, including within the Lake Champlain Basin. With the increased regulatory focus on phosphorus reduction to meet the requirements of the phosphorus TMDL and the Required Agricultural Practices (RAP’s), it is essential that all farmers understand not only the regulations that will be required of them, but that they acquire knowledge on the most successful Best Management Practices (BMPs) that protect water quality and achieve phosphorus reductions We at the Conservation District are here to help.”

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District is one of 14 conservation districts throughout Vermont. It encompasses all of Chittenden and Washington County as well as parts of Orange County (Orange, Williamstown and Washington). The district relies on grants and individual donations to complete its conservation work. The WNRCD focuses its resources on completing conservation projects within the areas of agricultural assistance, forestland enhancement, urban conservation and watershed stewardship.

Curious About Wood Heating?

Beyond Heating with Cord Wood Workshop – February 22nd in Barre:  Wood pellet boilers have emerged as a promising technology for Vermont–with all the conveniences of other home heating systems. This workshop will cover how modern wood heating works, the relative cost and savings compared to other fuel sources and systems, and the financial incentives available. The workshop will be held on February 22nd from 5:30-7:30 PM. at the Aldrich Library at 6 Washington Street in Barre, Vermont. The workshop will be led by Dave Keefe, Energy Consultant with Efficiency Vermont.  Wood pellet boiler distributors will be on-site to share information. Doors open at 5:30 pm. A light dinner will be provided. The workshop is co-sponsored by Efficiency Vermont in partnership with the Barre City Energy Committee.  For more information, contact:  Elaine Wang at 802-249-5978.

ModernWoodHeatingWorkshopFlyer - Barre

Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) updates

Information for updating the Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) for 2017 has been released and is available on the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) website found at:

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commissions is available to assist you in completing your Local Emergency Operations Plan.  If you would like assistance contact Laura Ranker at 802-229-0389 or by email at


As a reminder, the annual deadline for submitting the LEOP is from March 8th (day after Town Meeting) to May 1st.  Please submit your plan to the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission no later than the May 1 deadline.  We will review the plan for completeness and forward it to DEMHS for acceptance.

Municipalities with an approved adopted plan increase their rating under the Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund giving them access to greater grant funding in the event of a federally declared disaster.

All certifying individuals signing the plan must have successfully completed the ICS 402 or ICS 100 training.  CVRPC will be holding an ICS 402 class on March 18th from 9 am to 12 noon.  The Saturday class will take place at the offices of CVRPC in Montpelier. Please save the date and plan to register for the class if you have not yet taken it. CVRPC can assist you with the registration process.    For other course dates and offerings go to the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security website:


Many municipalities choose to enhance their local emergency operations plan with appendices.  This year, DEMHS added additional appendices to the resource list found on their website.  The use of appendices is optional and should be developed to meet the needs of the individual community.  The CVRPC can help you identify which appendices would benefit your community and then help you develop them.

The additional appendices identified in 2017 are as follows and can be found on the DEMHS website in both pdf and word format downloads.  The appendices can and should be modified to meet your particular needs and situation.

  • B8 Continuity of Operations Plan- This document assists local jurisdictions with planning for continuity events, including identifying essential functions, facilities, personnel, and resources. This template includes fillable charts and lists to capture the town data/information so that it is readily accessible and retrievable.
  • B9 Evacuation Plan – This document assists local jurisdictions with planning for municipal evacuations, including access control & security, roles & responsibilities, and documenting available resources. (Courtesy of Local Emergency Planning Commission 6 – Windham Region).  The RPC can assist with the development of evacuation route maps.
  • B10 Debris Management Plan- This document assists local jurisdictions with planning for debris management, including identifying a Debris Manager, Debris Monitor, and Temporary Debris Storage and Reduction Site. Submission of this plan may make the municipality eligible for a one-time benefit of an additional 2% federal share towards eligible debris management costs during a federally-declared disaster.

      Of special note:  During this 2017 submission cycle, if a town submits a Debris       Management Plan (Appendix B10) to the RPC, the RPC must forward that plan     to your DEMHS Regional Coordinator (Emily Harris).  Once DEMHS has the    Debris Management Plan, they will forward it up to FEMA for the potential one- time benefit noted above.

  • C6 Shelter Inspections – This document provides information to local jurisdictions on how shelters will be inspected by the Division of Fire Safety during a disaster.
  • C7 Municipal Guidance for Flood Emergencies – This document assists all types of Vermont town officials, boards, staff, volunteers and others, with considerations and resources related to flooding disasters. The Flood Guide shares actions and steps to be taken by each role at each stage: proactive and advance preparations when a major storm is forecast, actions to be taken during the storm, as well as during recovery. (Courtesy of the Windham Regional Commission, in partnership with Deerfield Watershed Creating Resilient Communities and the University of Massachusetts RiverSmart Communities)


Please be advised, Emily Harris, Vermont Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security reachable by phone at 1-800-347-0488, is our regions DEMHS contact for LEOPs.


Thank you and I look forward to working with you on your 2017 LEOP after March 7th and before May 1st.  Your efforts last year gave our region 100% LEOP compliance, together let’s make 2017 a repeat.