Vermont’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan Conditionally Approved by FEMA

Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS) is very pleased to report that FEMA Region 1 has conditionally approved the latest update of Vermont’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan for 2013.    After the adoption letter is signed by Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding, FEMA will issue DEMHS the final approval for our State Mitigation Plan.   DEMHS truly appreciates everyone’s contributions and diligent efforts in updating the previous plan over the past 1 ½ years.   Final FEMA approval for our Plan is anticipated by early next week.

View the conditionally approved 2013 Vermont State Hazard Mitigation Plan here >> 

View Central Vermont’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plans >>

The 2013 Hazard Mitigation Plan will help guide Vermont communities in accomplishing  effective pre-disaster mitigation projects and initiatives  and will result in increased resiliency for towns, critical facilities, homes and public infrastructure throughout the state.     DEMHS again thanks everyone for their input and hard work in making Vermont’s State Mitigation Plan the best in the region, if not the entire country.

Lake Champlain Basin and TMDL

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Informational Meetings Scheduled

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Vermont Department of  Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is holding a  series of six public meetings in December 2013, to discuss the new phosphorus plan that is under  development by the EPA for the Lake Champlain Basin, referred to as a Total Maximum Daily Load  (TMDL).

The meetings will be moderated by the Lake Champlain Basin Program staff and held around the Lake  Champlain Basin. There will be morning, afternoon, and evening sessions in an attempt to  accommodate and encourage all interested persons to participate. No pre-registration is required.   Please refer to the table below for the meeting schedule.

Phosphorus runoff and discharges from numerous sources within the Lake Champlain Basin are causing  excessive growth of algae in the form of “blooms” in some areas of the lake that turn water murky  shades of green, brown, or blue. Some of these algae blooms can be toxic to pets and people.   Excessive phosphorus loading also increases the costs of drinking water and wastewater treatment,  affects businesses that depend on clean water such as tourism and recreation, and depresses  property values. Excessive phosphorus loading can also degrade the water quality of local streams  and rivers that feed into Lake Champlain.

The TMDL will place a cap on the maximum amount of phosphorus that can be allowed to enter Lake  Champlain and still meet Vermont’s water quality standards. It will allocate that maximum amount to  each river basin draining to Lake Champlain and among the various phosphorus sources. Phosphorus  sources include discharges from wastewater treatment facilities, runoff from developed lands,  runoff from state and municipal road networks, runoff from agricultural lands and timber lands, and  streambank erosion stemming from channel instability.

For more information, please contact Kari Dolan,

2-Dec-13 2:00pm — 4:00pm Bliss Room, St Albans Historical Society 9 Church Street, St. Albans
2-Dec-13 7:00pm — 9:00pm Swanton Municipal Building 120 First Street, Swanton
3-Dec-13 9:30am — 11:30am Auditorium, Pavilion Building 109 State Street, Montpelier
10-Dec-13 2:00pm — 4:00pm ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center 1 College Street, Burlington
10-Dec-13 7:00pm — 9:00pm Founders Room, Middlebury Inn 14 Court Square, Middlebury
11-Dec-13 10:30am — 12:30pm Fox Room, Rutland Free Library 10 Court Street, Rutland

Geomorphic Assessment RFP

CVRPC is looking for qualified consultants to assist with a geomorphic assessment of the Winooski River and its tributaries in Waterbury, VT. For a copy of the RFP, email Please email Dan Currier ( if you have any questions. We look forward to reviewing your proposals. Response deadline is December 9, 2013.

Summit on the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape, Dec. 17th

The 2013 Summit on the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape is designed to bring all parties and partners together, build unity and momentum, and identify the next steps that will advance public policy and investment to support the long-term future of the Working Landscape of Vermont.  Register now >>

Registration Fee: $30
When: Tuesday, December 17, 2013, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST Add to Calendar
Where: Vermont Technical College,  124 Admin Drive, Randolph Center, VT

Farmers, forest products leaders, value-adding entrepreneurs, investors, policy leaders, community residents, and all who care about the future of Vermont’s Working Lands will come together to consider progress that has been made, assess the work ahead, and advance the next steps needed for public policy and investment.

For the schedule of the day and list of panelists and speakers: Download the Agenda (pdf).

National Endowment for the Arts Webinar – Our Town Grants

Guidelines  and application materials are now available on the National Endowment for the Arts website for Our Town, the agency’s primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000.  Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with arts and/or design organizations and artists, seek to: improve their quality of life; encourage greater creative activity; foster stronger community identity and a sense of place; and revitalize economic development. 

Click here to learn more about the types of arts engagement, cultural planning, and design activities will be considered.  The application deadline is  January 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET. A webinar will be held on November 4 2013, 2:00 pm EST to provide more information.  Click here for Q&A’s about Our Town.