CVRPC’s Vermont Road Erosion Risk Analysis project chosen to receive a 2016 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award by the National Association of Development Organization (NADO) Research Foundation

CVRPC is very excited to announce that CVRPC’s Vermont Road Erosion Risk Analysis project has been chosen to receive a 2016 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award by the National Association of Development Organization (NADO) Research Foundation. The award recognizes noteworthy projects that help meet regional needs in innovative ways, through cooperation with partners, increasing system and community resilience, and in many cases, using creative funding. These projects serve as models for many different transportation program areas that regional development organizations engage in.

CVRPC’s Vermont Road Erosion Risk Analysis was developed by GIS Manager Dan Currier, in partnership with Friends of the Winooski River, Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District, VT Agency of Natural Resource Department of Environmental Conservation, and Stone Environmental. CVRPC developed the methodology in 2011. Staff subsequently worked with member towns to conduct field assessments to identify erosion sites, and to prioritize these sites based on the site’s ability to transport sediment to a surface water. The analysis and field work position towns to apply for funding and to complete erosion control fixes.

The VT Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation recognized the statewide need to identify potential source of erosions from the transportation network. It utilized CVRPC’s methodology to create a statewide road erosion risk data set. The statewide analysis was completed by Stone Environment with CVRPC participating on the project team. The Road Erosion Risk Analysis is assisting towns and Vermont to address state and federal clean water requirements.

As part of the award, Dan will travel to the National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference in Chattanooga, TN this June and participate in a special roundtable reception showcasing Award winners.  In a separate invitation, NADO invited Dan to participate as a speaker in a session on regional and state collaboration, an honor provided to select award winners.  His presentation will be posted to the NADO website after the conference.

The complete list of award winners is available at  http://ruraltransportation.org/excellence-in-regional-transportation-award-winners-announced/.

Congratulations to Dan for his creativeness and ingenuity in addressing a municipal and regional need, and to CVRPC and the Vermont Road Erosion Risk Analysis team for supporting and showcasing Vermont’s innovative efforts!

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