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PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING

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

 

Warren:

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

Email:  ranker@cvregion.com

Web:  www.centralvtplanning.org

 

Stormwater Master Planning in Berlin, VT

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission has been awarded a grant from the Ecosystem Restoration Program Watershed Management Division of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.  The grant was awarded to create a Stormwater Master Plan for the Town of Berlin, which will serve to improve the management of stormwater runoff in Central Vermont. The plan will serve the dual purpose of protecting the State’s water quality and supporting CVRPC’s goal to assist municipalities in implementing state and federal environmental requirements.

This Stormwater Master Plan will help organize previous studies which include stormwater infrastructure mapping, road erosion assessments, road erosion inventory for the Dog River, river corridor plans, culvert and bridge inventory and evaluate projects and programs that will remedy concerns. The project will include the examination of existing data and field work to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and prioritize projects to implement.  CVRPC will work with a municipal storm water team and a consultant to develop the final plan over the next 10 months.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is a planning organization established by the 23 municipalities in the Central Vermont Region focusing on technical assistance on land use and transportation planning, resource mapping, and special projects such as brownfield assessments, hazard mitigation planning, and food systems planning.

For more information please contact Pam DeAndrea, Senior Planner, at deandrea@cvregion.com.

 

Joint Stormwater Master Planning in Central Vermont

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission has been awarded a grant from the Ecosystem Restoration Program Watershed Management Division of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.  The grant was awarded to create a three town joint Stormwater Master Plan for the municipalities of Barre City, Barre Town and Plainfield. This plan will serve to improve the management of stormwater runoff in Central Vermont. The plan will serve the dual purpose of protecting the State’s water quality and supporting CVRPC’s goal to assist municipalities in implementing state and federal environmental requirements.

Recent flooding and damage to infrastructure in Barre City, Barre Town and Plainfield is fresh in everyone’s mind.  This type of damage seems to be occurring more frequently as heavier rain events add more water to already limited stormwater infrastructure.  To make matters worse is that Barre City is at the receiving end of the water coming from Barre Town and Plainfield, making it necessary for a watershed wide planning approach.  The SWMP will help provide the tools and resources necessary for these municipalities to target areas that are in danger from stormwater and take the next steps in protecting them.

This Stormwater Master Plan will help organize previous studies which include stormwater infrastructure mapping, road erosion assessments, and IDDE surveys and will evaluate projects and programs that will remedy concerns. The project will include the examination of existing data and field work to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and prioritize projects to implement.  CVRPC will work with a municipal storm water team and a consultant to develop the final plan over the next 10 months.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is a planning organization established by the 23 municipalities in the Central Vermont Region focusing on technical assistance on land use and transportation planning, resource mapping, and special projects such as brownfield assessments, hazard mitigation planning, and food systems planning.

For more information please contact Pam DeAndrea, Senior Planner, at deandrea@cvregion.com.