Press Releases

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 30, 2018

 

Contact:               Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

29 Main Street, Suite 4 - Montpelier, Vermont  05602

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

 

Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness & Management for Central Vermont Communities

 

Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program: A partnership between the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation and UVM Extension; and the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission are working together to facilitate a training regarding Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).  The training is scheduled for November 28, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at UVM Extension Office, 327 US Route 302, Barre, VT.  The intended audience is municipal staff, Selectboard and City Council members, Conservation Commissions, Planning Commissions, Tree Committee members, Tree Wardens, and Forest Pest First Detectors.  Anyone else who may be engaged in planning for EAB at the local level in Central Vermont communities is welcome to attend.

 

The training will be led by staff from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program and is intended to teach participants about EAB, introduce management options, and to help towns assess risk and establish a plan.  EAB is a destructive and invasive forest pest that feeds on and kills all species of ash trees.  The presence of EAB has now been confirmed in Washington, Caledonia, Orange, Bennington, and Grand Isle counties.  Participants in the training 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.

 

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission will be assisting two communities to train volunteers to conduct ash tree inventories and will help prepare management plans.  Municipalities interested in this service are encouraged to attend the November 28th meeting.

 

The training is free, but registration is required as space is limited.  Registration will close on Wednesday, November 21st.  Please link to centralvteabtraining.eventbrite.com  to register or visit the Events section on VTcommunityforestry.org

 

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For Immediate Release                                                        October 9, 2018

 

Contact: Daniel Currier, Program Manager

Currier@cvregion.com

Office: (802) 229-0389

 

CVRPC Seeking Proposals for Transportation Planning and Studies

 

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) is seeking ideas for transportation planning projects to be completed in 2019. Help us make getting around easier, safer, and more convenient for everyone by contributing your transportation planning and study ideas.

The full request for ideas is available at: http://centralvtplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/CVRPC-Study-Proposal-Letter-2018.pdf

Projects might include, but are not be limited to:

 

  • rail, transit, park & ride, or airport studies,
  • intersection improvements,
  • roadway corridor or freight studies,
  • traffic circulation analysis,
  • transportation capital budgets,
  • applying green infrastructure to streets,
  • multi-town road improvement plans,
  • streetlight or traffic signal analysis,
  • road surface, sign, culvert/bridge, road erosion, & sidewalk inventories,
  • increasing infrastructure resilience,
  • traffic calming planning,
  • bicycle or pedestrian improvements,
  • active transportation plans,
  • Complete Streets practices,
  • increasing infrastructure resilience,

 

Project ideas should be submitted in writing to Daniel Currier, Program Manager, Currier@cvregion.com by November 13, 2018. Please describe the type and location of the project and describe why the project is needed.

Last year, CVRPC completed one planning studies for Waterbury VT.  The study focused on the bridge on Stowe St near the intersection of Stowe St and Lincoln St.  The results Existing Conditions report will help the Town of Waterbury identify the best solution for fixing or replacing the bridge and what faculties the bridge should carry.

 

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is a planning organization established by the 23 municipalities in the Central Vermont Region.  We leverage the power of people working together through 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 Daniel Currier, Program Manager, at currier@cvregion.com.


For Immediate Release

October 9, 2018

Contact:  Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (WNRCD) 

 (802) 778-3178 |  info@winooskinrcd.org

 

WNRCD seeks participants for Trees for Streams

Williston VT- The Winooski Natural Resource Conservation District (WNRCD) is currently seeking landowners who live along rivers or streams within Chittenden or Washington County, and in the towns of Washington, Williamstown, and Orange for our 2019 Trees for Streams program.  WNRCD wants to work with you to identify streambanks along your property that suffer from or are vulnerable to erosion and then coordinate riparian buffer plantings.

Riparian buffers are the grasses, shrubs, and/or trees that grow along streams. In natural conditions these plants colonize streambanks, controlling erosion and helping to filter and clean stormwater runoff before it enters our waterways. Sometimes, historic land uses have removed these natural protective zones. Without this protection, streambanks become unstable, erode, and become a greater source of pollution. According to the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s most recent State of the Lake report, the erosion of streambanks accounts for 18% of VT’s total phosphorus loads into Lake Champlain.

If you own property along a stream or river and would be interested in having a riparian buffer planted on your property, please email info@winooskinrcd.org or visit the WNRCD website and fill out the form labeled “Trees for Streams Interest Form”: winooskinrcd.org/work/watershed-stewardship

The WNRCD 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.


 

From the Agency of Natural Resources:

For Immediate Release: October 1, 2018

Contacts:

Karen Bates, Department of Environmental Conservation

(802) 490-6144 | Karen.Bates@vermont.gov

PUBLIC INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN LAKE CHAMPLAIN CLEAN WATER IMPLEMENTATION MEETINGS

MONTPELIER – Whether it’s a favorite swimming hole, an iconic stream running through town, or a fishing spot along the shores of Lake Champlain, thousands of people use the Winooski River Watershed’s lakes, ponds, wetlands, and streams. Every one of the watershed’s residents can also play a meaningful role protecting or cleaning up Winooski’s waterways.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites residents with connections to Vermont’s waterways to attend public meetings to weigh in on water quality improvement projects and hear updates on the overall restoration plans.

“The Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan is an important tool in protecting this valued watershed,” said Charlie Baker, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director. “We’re asking Vermonters from all corners of the Winooski watershed to join us in reviewing the draft plan. Their ideas and feedback will help guide our work over the next five years and, ultimately, reach our clean water goals.”

DEC and associated Regional Planning Commissions are hosting a series of public meetings to provide updates and gather feedback on the Draft Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan. The Winooski River Basin includes all of Washington County, a little less than half of Chittenden County and small parts of Lamoille and Orange Counties. The plan outlines a series of actions the State, towns, and local organizations will take to improve the Winooski River watershed. It also provides information about how landowners, organizations, and communities can access clean water funding and technical assistance.

Using this plan as our guide, we’ll be able to protect and restore water quality throughout the entire Winooski watershed – from the lakes and ponds to the rivers and wetlands,” said Karen Bates, DEC watershed planner. “The Plan lets us get a pulse on the current health of the Winooski River Basin and allows us to determine which actions will deliver the greatest return on our investments.”

One of the most important pieces of the plan are the Basin’s phosphorus reduction targets across landuse types over the next 20 years. At the upcoming public meetings, DEC staff will share targets as well as regulatory and non-regulatory actions to achieve them. This reduction will translate to fewer algal blooms in the Basin as well as Lake Champlain. The plan also addresses other high-priority stressors like channel erosion and invasive species such as Eurasian water milfoil.

These plans are the result of collaboration with local, State, federal and non-profit partners. Public meetings over the next two months will bring these and other key watershed partners together with members of the public to discuss clean water implementation plans. Meetings will take place in the evening at the following locations:

Winooski  |  October 2 at 6:00-7:30pm

Williston Police Department Conference Room

7928 Williston Road

Berlin  | October 9th at 7:00-9:00 pm

the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce Main Conference Room

33 Stewart Rd.

Essex Junction |  October 17th 5:00 -6:30 pm

Agency of Natural Resources Regional Office

Act 250 conference room in the Fish and Wildlife Building

111 West Street

For those unable to participate in the meetings, more information on both plans can be found at http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/basin-planning/basin8

 

For Immediate Release

Event: Transportation Is Changing – Make It Work For You
Where: Central Vermont Medical Center – Conference Room 1
When: October 4, 2018, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC), in partnership with the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA), Barre Project Independence, VT Agency of Transportation, and Green Mountain Transit (GMT) are holding a forum to explore how a Paratransit System should operate in the Barre-Montpelier area.

Paratransit is for persons who are unable to use the fixed route bus system due to a disability. These services are provided within three-quarters of a mile on either side of the fixed route bus service, during the operating hours of the fixed route.

If you are an older adult, person with disabilities, or a caregiver to someone who is an older adult or person with disabilities, we want to hear from you.

Currently, GMT uses deviated fixed route service to accommodate people with disabilities. GMT’s plan is to switch from deviated fixed routes to a separate paratransit service for users that qualify.

Peter Johnke, Deputy Director at VCIL, said, “We were excited to partner with CVRPC on this project because it gives people with disabilities a voice in the planning process, concerning changes in transportation that will affect them.”
“Many older adults in the Barre-Montpelier area rely on GMT to get them to medical appointments and elsewhere. Their concerns need to be heard and addressed whenever there are any changes to the system and service delivery,” stated Jeanne Kern, CVCOA Director of Community & Volunteer Services.

CVRPC received an Inclusive Transportation Planning Framework Grant. “Although this grant is focused on more inclusive transportation planning, we hope to learn from this, so that all of CVRPC projects are more inclusive”, said Daniel Currier, Transportation Manager for CVRPC.

Please come to this meeting to learn how to get involved. The meeting will be on Thursday, October 4th, from 4:00 – 5:30 pm at Central Vermont Medical Center, Conference Room 1, 130 Fisher Road, Berlin, VT. For any questions, please contact Dan Currier @ CVRPC – 802-229-0389 | currier@cvregion.com


 

 For Immediate Release

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission Public Meeting on

Draft Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan

and Draft White River Tactical Basin Plan

 

Tuesday October 9, 2018 7 PM, Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce

963 Paine Turnpike North, Berlin, VT

 

Montpelier, VT, (September 11, 2018) ‐ The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is

excited to announce a public meeting on the Draft Winooski Basin Plan and the Draft White

River Basin Plan. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission will be partnering with

the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to present these plans at the meeting

for public comment.

 

The Vermont Clean Water Act requires the development of Tactical Basin Plans for each of

Vermont’s 15 river basins to be adopted on a five‐year recurring cycle. These plans integrate

scientific assessments and stakeholder input to document future actions necessary to protect

and restore surface waters. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is assisting the

Agency of Natural Resources in the development and implementation of the plans. Please

come to the public meeting to hear details on the plans and to provide any comments to the

Board of Commissioners and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Information on the Basin Planning Process can be found at

http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/basin-planning . Information on the Winooski River

Tactical Basin Plan prior to this meeting will be available at

http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/basin-planning/basin8  and the White River Tactical

Basin Plan information can be found at http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/basin-planning/basin9 

 

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