Press Releases

For Immediate Release

June 18, 2019

The Town of Berlin has completed a Final Design for a stormwater project to
improve drainage at the Berlin Town Offices and Town Garage site. The project,
originally identified in the Berlin 2017 Stormwater Master Plan, will include regrading,
revegetation, a filter strip, and a gravel wetland to treat stormwater at the site to help
protect nearby Pond Brook. Once implemented, these stormwater control measures will
reduce the impact of stormwater flow from this large impervious area making the area
more resilient to future flooding events and improve water quality of receiving waters.
Funding for this project was provided by the Clean Water Block Grant through the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program, with local match provided by the Town of Berlin.
Please contact Pamela DeAndrea or Dana Hadley with any questions.

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

Dana Hadley
Town Administrator, Town of Berlin
townadministrator@berlinvt.org, (802) 552-8801

May 13, 2019

Mad River and Kingsbury Branch Watersheds Stormwater Master Plans

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC), in partnership with the Friends of the Mad River (FMR) and Watershed Consulting Associates (WCA), has completed the process for Stormwater Master Planning for eight municipalities – five in the Mad River and three in the Kingsbury Branch watersheds. Stormwater runoff is rain and snow melt which runs off the land, carrying pollutants and eroded sediment into our waterways. Runoff decreases the quality of streams and lakes and contributes to flooding damages. Communities and landowners have the opportunity to reduce these negative impacts with “green stormwater infrastructure” that aims to manage runoff close to its source and using techniques that imitate natural hydrologic processes.

Through funding provided by the Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the CVRPC retained WCA to complete two Stormwater Master Plans (SWMPs): one for the Kingsbury Branch Watershed including chapters for the towns of Calais, East Montpelier and Woodbury; and one, with Friends of the Mad River, for the Mad River Watershed including chapters for the towns of Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston, and Duxbury. The CVRPC, WCA, and FMR team worked to engage municipal stakeholders for each town so that the results of the process were understood and the products were of local value. WCA created online story maps for each of the towns to provide information on stormwater, solutions to stormwater mitigation using green stormwater infrastructure, and results of the stormwater master planning process. The results include the top five priority sites for each of the eight municipalities, along with 30% engineering designs and artistic renderings for projects to address water quality and quantity issues at these sites. By completing the initial engineering designs for these priority sites, each municipality can focus on securing funds for final engineering designs and project implementation, which will help the state advance goals to reduce phosphorus loading in the Lake Champlain basin.

“Our Mad River Valley communities have been working together for four years through our Ridge to River coalition to keep our water clean and reduce our vulnerabilities to flooding, “ said Corrie Miller, Friends of the Mad River Director. “We’re excited to have these stormwater master plans be one important outcome of this work.”
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 the project, please visit www.centralvtplanning.org or contact:
Pam DeAndrea, Senior GIS Planner
Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
deandrea@cvregion.com
Phone: (802) 229-0389


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2019

 

Contact:           Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director; Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

Email: waninger@cvregion.com | Phone:  802-229-0389

 

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission to change monthly meeting time

 

Beginning in April, the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission’s Board of Commissioners meetings will change from the 7:00 pm start time to a 6:30 pm start time.  Meetings will continue to be held at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce on Paine Turnpike in Berlin, VT.  The public is always welcome at our meetings.

 

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is a consortium of 23 towns and cities in Washington County and western Orange County.  The Commission provides planning, development, and project implementation assistance to communities.  All municipalities in the region are entitled to equal voting representation by a locally appointed member to the governing Board of Commissioners.

 

CVRPC projects & programs include:  Municipal plan and bylaw updates; brownfields assessments; transportation planning; emergency planning; energy conservation and development planning and projects; natural resources planning and projects; regional plan coordination and development; Geographic Information System services; grant writing and management; as well as such special projects as downtown revitalization, recreation paths, farmland preservation, economic development, and affordable housing projects.

 

The next meeting is scheduled for April 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm. 

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                           

Contact:               Clare Rock, Senior Planner

(802) 229-0389 | rock@cvregion.com

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

Date:                      March 14, 2019

 

Decreasing flooding, caring for woodlands and free pancakes!

Water Wise Woodlands hosts Caring for you Woods Pancake Breakfast March 30, 2019

 

Montpelier, VT – On March 7, 2019 the National Weather Service issued its fifth Vermont flood outlook for the 2019 winter/spring season, in short the threat for flooding due to runoff from snowmelt and rainfall is above normal in our region. Vermont is no stranger to the damaging effects of flooding. Many residents of Central Vermont remember the devastating flooding which hit Montpelier in March 1992. And even more recently in 2011. Water Wise Woodlands wants to assist rural landowners in Plainfield, Marshfield and Cabot decrease potential property damages caused by flooding. A free pancake breakfast will be held on March 30, 2019 in Marshfield, foresters will discuss how woodland property owners can care for their woods and decrease flood damages, encourage wildlife, and protect water resources.

 

The Winooski River valley has experienced several devastating floods though out time. Heading up stream from Plainfield, though Marshfield, the river can be traced back to its source in Cabot. Up in the headwaters small tributaries feed into the main stem. During heavy rain events all these small streams collectively contribute to rising floodwaters downstream. Maintaining trees and woods along all the small tributaries can have a cumulative impact, decreasing overall the amount and force of floodwater.

The connection between forests and flooding may not be initially obvious, but forests and woodlands play a key role in absorbing rainfall and melting snow. Forested areas along streams and rivers can help trap and catch debris which would otherwise block bridges and culverts downstream, and root systems can stabilize banks and prevent or decrease erosion. Whether you have 5 or 500 acres of woodland, property owners can help prevent flood damage and produce one of Vermont’s most important forest products, clean water.

 

Water Wise Woodlands will be hosting a free Pancake Breakfast on March 30, 2019, from 9 am to 1 pm at Twinfield Union School in Marshfield. Professional foresters and other experts will be on hand to share information about how to care for your woodland, wildlife and protect water resources. Breakfast will be followed by a brief presentation and hands on workshops. Participants can choose to participate in a pruning workshop, a tree identification walk, or learn about the first steps of developing a stewardship or management plan for their property.

 

Water Wise Woodlands is a partnership project between the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, Friends of the Winooski River and the Vermont Woodlands Association; with funding from the High Meadows Fund.

 


For Immediate Release                                            January 10, 2019

 

Contact

Dan Albrecht, Senior Planner Pamela DeAndrea
Chittenden County Regional PlanningCommission Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
dalbrecht@ccrpcvt.org or 861-0133 deandrea@cvregion.com or 229-0389
   
Gianna Petito, District ManagerWinooski Natural Resources Conservation District
gianna@winooskinrcd.org or 778-3178

 

Partners Collaborating on Winooski River Water Quality Efforts

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC), and the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (WNRCD) are pleased to announce expanded outreach and services to landowners, municipalities and the public in support of the Vermont Clean Water Act (VCWA) and improved tactical basin planning efforts for Basin 8, the Winooski River Basin and Basin 9, the White River Basin.  The work is provided through two grants provided by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Activities began in late 2018 and will extend through the fall of 2019.

The CCRPC and the CVRPC will work with their member municipalities on programs such as improved zoning bylaws and stormwater master plans to improve water quality and incorporating municipal priorities into the Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan and the White River Tactical Basin Plan (CVRPC only).  Other activities that both planning commissions will do as part of this project include general municipal outreach for Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation water quality policies and permit programs, Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan and the White River Tactical Basin Plan (CVRPC only) development and development of municipal water quality improvement projects.

The WNRCD will be responding to municipal and landowner requests for technical assistance in developing and implementing stormwater and natural resource solutions that promote clean water and improved aquatic habitat. WNRCD will also coordinate monitoring programs to support science-based water quality investments, organize local workgroups, and develop priority water quality projects among other services.  As part of this body of work, Conservation Districts and Regional Planning Commissions will be closely coordinating activities to provide complementary support for the State’s Tactical Basin Planning process.

Tactical Basin Plans help identify and focus efforts needed to protect or restore specific watersheds through the state.  The partners will be focused primarily on implementation of projects outlined in the Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan and the White River Tactical Basin Plan (CVRPC only) this year, working to identify priorities, document progress and conduct outreach necessary to develop priority projects and garner greater local support and awareness of the Basin Plan’s goals.  Local identified water quality priorities in Tactical Basin Plans are well positioned for development and funding via the State’s Clean Water Initiative.  Basin Plans help provide the umbrella for other various planning initiatives, including Stormwater Master Plans and River Corridor Plans, and ultimately provide a vehicle to strategically address regional water quality priorities such as the Lake Champlain Total Maximum Daily Load.

The CCRPC provides planning and technical assistance in the areas of community development, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, housing, economic development, telecommunications and emergency management to the 19 municipalities of Chittenden County and to the public, while remaining consistent with federal and state requirements. The collaboration between the CCRPC, Chittenden County municipalities and other related resources agencies results in the developmentand implementation of plans that support sustainable development and improve the region’s environment and quality of life. For more information about the CCRPC, please visitwww.ccrpcvt.org.

The CVRPC 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 the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, please visit: www.centralvtplanning.org

The Winooski NRCD 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 based in solid science to provide solutions within the areas of agricultural assistance, forestland enhancement, urban conservation and watershed stewardship. For more information on the Winooski NRCD please visit: www.winooskinrcd.org