Vermont Clean Water Initiative

Love clean water? Learn more about the state’s efforts to restore it this Valentine’s Day through a public presentation and online webinar on the Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2018 Investment Report and Interagency Clean Water Projects Dashboard. Join the Department of Environmental Conservation Clean Water Initiative Program’s Assistant Manager, Emily Bird, and Operations Manager, Helen Carr, in the Winooski Conference Room (M240) at the National Life Building in Montpelier, or online, on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. For those attending in-person, please RSVP by emailing

NextGen Public Meetings


After developing and refining the NextGen Service plan over the last year, GMT is getting ready to implement our new service structure. We will be holding Public Meetings to discuss the new service design, releasing commuter surveys to make sure we are getting you to where to need to be – when you need to be there, and holding informational sessions. The meetings to be held in the Central Vermont Region are listed below. For additional meeting dates and information, please go to:


Tuesday, 3/19/19 @ 5:30 pm – Waterbury Steele Community Room

Wednesday, 3/20/19 @ 9:30 am – Montpelier Senior Center

Tuesday, 3/26/19 @ 6:35 pm – Central VT Chamber, Berlin


If you are unable to attend the public meetings but would like to make a comment, please email Chris Loyer at

Update to State River Corridor Map

The River Corridor and Floodplain Protection Program is pleased to announce the availability of draft enhancements to the Statewide River Corridor Map. Over the last three years, the program integrated over 2200 miles of field-based stream geomorphic assessment data into the existing statewide map. Updates to the map were informed by field determined valley wall locations, confining features such as bedrock, and sensitivity rating based on physical stream condition. Some changes are based on more recent and detailed map data (e.g., aerial imagery or LiDAR) were also included.


The draft river corridor map is posted on the Flood Ready Atlas and may be viewed in comparison to the applicable Statewide River Corridor Map Layer released in January, 2015.


The draft map will be posted on the Flood Ready Atlas over the next several months to encourage public review of the map updates and allow people ample opportunity to provide information that might further improve the map. Please send proposed map update information to and put River Corridor Map in the subject line. Information submitted should provide specifics about the location (e.g. map, screen shot, latitude/longitude) and a detailed description regarding the nature of the proposed map update.


Additional information and a tutorial are available online @ Updated_Statewide_River Corridor_Map

Planning & Zoning Roundtable on Community Engagement

Community Engagement
A CVRPC Planning & Zoning Roundtable
January 30, 2018 from 6-8 pm
You are invited to join CVRPC and Rebecca Sanborn Stone of Community Workshop to talk about new thinking in community engagement. Flash Mobs, Resilience Bingo, Game of Floods… creative approaches and best practices can move your projects forward. Share your successes and challenges; exchange ideas with Rebecca and your peers; and participate in an interactive exercise. Walk away with catalytic ideas that help you spread your message and draw people into your work.
Location: Central Vermont Medical Center, Conference Room 1, 130 Fisher Road, Berlin.
RSVP Requested as Space is Limited: or 802-229-0389.

VTrans Public Information Meetings – Exit 6


VTRANS Public Information Meetings
Public Meetings are scheduled to present the public with information on the I-89 Exit 6 ledge removal and closure period during the summer of 2019. Blasting operations will be required throughout the course of this project, and as a result traffic will be maintained along I-89 using rolling road blocks. It is anticipated however that Exit 6 will be closed for approximately six (6) weeks while work is being conducted to the adjacent ledge area along Exit 6. Discussion of the scope of work necessitating the closure will be addressed.
Meetings will provide information on the construction schedule, detour route, and sources of information during construction.
Barre City – 1/8/19 at 7:00 PM
Berlin – 1/17/19 at 7:00 PM
For additional details on location of the meetings and any questions should be directed to project outreach coordinator Natalie Boyle at (802) 855-3893 or nboyle@eivtech.comhere.
A link to the project map can be found here: Public Mtg. Flyer Barre City_Berlin IM 089-1(62)

Central Vermont Fiber

Jeremy Hansen, founder and chair of the governing board of CV Internet, which is currently rebranding as CV Fiber (CVF) recently provided a presentation to CVRPC’s Executive Committee.  Currently CVF is in a heavy organizational phase and hopes to initiate a pilot project in the Central Vermont region by the end of 2019. Jeremy noted that vast areas of Central Vermont do not have good internet access.  CVF has created a communications union district which  towns within our region may join.

It was noted by Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director of CVRPC, that those towns who join CVF would also need to integrate this into future town plans.

Executive Committee Chair Julie Potter requested that when CVF is nearing the launch of a pilot project that they participate in a full Board meeting to advise the Commissioners of the status of the organization and proposed project.

A copy of CVF’s presentation can be accessed here.


Why Brownfield Redevelopment is Important

CVRPC and VT DEC recently hosted realtors and other business community members for a Brownfields and Bagels Workshop.  This workshop was held to educate stakeholders about the importance of Brownfield redevelopment.  Outlining not only the environmental benefits, but also the economic and societal benefits.  The full presentation can be accessed here

Emerald Ash Borer
Preparedness & Management
for Central Vermont Communities
November 28, 2018 – 4:00 – 6:00 pm
UVM Extension Office
327 US Route 302, Berlin, VT
Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a destructive and invasive forest pest that feeds on and kills all species of ash trees. EAB is now confirmed in Washington, Caledonia, Orange, Bennington, and Grand Isle counties and communities are encouraged to prepare for the impacts of the pest. This training, led by staff from the VT Urban & Community Forestry Program , is intended to teach participants about EAB, introduce management options, and to help towns assess risk and establish a plan. Participants will engage in an activity to strategize an approach to EAB management and will leave the training with action steps to take back to their community.
This training, scheduled   for November 28 th , is intended for municipal staff; Selectboard members; Conservation Commission, Planning Commission, and Tree Committee members; Tree Wardens; Forest Pest First Detectors; and anyone else who may be engaged in planning for EAB at the local level in Central Vermont communities .
This training is free but registration is required. Space is limited.  To register: 
Or visit the Events section on
Questions? Contact Elise Schadler, Technical Assistance Coordinator with VTUCF at

Public Transit Regional Forums & Survey

Do you ride the bus?  Carpool?  Uber?  We want your input!  VTrans is updating the Vermont Public Transit Policy Plan (PTPP).  The PTPP will quantify Vermont’s transit needs, as well as recommend programmatic and policy initiatives to strengthen the statewide transit system- outlining a 10-year vision for transit service in Vermont.  How will this impact the rider?  The PTPP will identify  funding priorities for future years. Statewide public transportation funding priorities can impact funding and resources available to your local transit services — which can impact frequency of service, days of service, and location of service.   VTrans will be holding regional forums throughout the state this fall to gather input on existing services, service gaps and challenges, and potential solutions from stakeholders and transit riders.   Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 28th @ 2:00 pm at the Waterbury Town Office, Steele Room, 28 No. Main St., Waterbury, VT.  (Public Transit Flyer)  The State of Vermont views public transportation as “an important matter of State concern, essential to the economic growth of the State and to the public health, safety, and welfare and present and future generations of Vermonters.” Come share your experiences and help us shape the future of public transportation in your region.  Questions?  Find out more on the project webpage:

Brownfields & Bagels

Across Central Vermont former commercial and industrial sites are being transformed into housing, commercial space and public amenities.


Whether you are a commercial lender, realtor, property owner, prospective purchaser or municipal official, join us at this upcoming event to:

  • Learn about how to approach any commercial or industrial property.
  • Understand liability and due diligence responsibilities.
  • Understand the environmental assessment and clean up process.
  • Hear about the Brownfields Reuse and Environmental Liability Limitation Program (BRELLA).
  • Discuss funding & technical assistance resources.
  • Enjoy complimentary bagels and coffee.


November 13th – 8:00 – 10:00 am

Blanchard Block, Barre, VT



This event is presented by VT DEC and hosted by CVRPC. For additional information please contact Clare Rock at or at 229-0389.