CVRPC and Town of Moretown Complete Stormwater Treatment Final Design Phase

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) is pleased to announce that they have completed the final engineering design phase for a project that will treat stormwater runoff at the Moretown Elementary School and Town Office in Moretown, VT.  The project will treat stormwater draining from surrounding hillsides and the parking lot shared by the school and the Town Offices.  This stormwater treatment will reduce erosion from the parking lot which causes sediment and phosphorus loading into the nearby Mad River.  The parking lot at the site is in poor condition and has significant ponding, puddling, rutting, and erosion and historically poor drainage around the school has caused flooding problems in the school building.


This final design includes one gravel wetland and three sand filters that will improve water quality in both Doctors Brook and the Mad River and alleviate drainage problems.  This project started with a Stormwater Master Planning (SWMP) process where it was identified and prioritized as one of the top five projects within the plan to help reduce sediment and phosphorus pollutant loadings within the Mad River watershed and ultimately Lake Champlain.  The SWMP and subsequent final design was funded by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Clean Water fund.  Many stakeholders were a part of the projects success including the Town of Moretown, Moretown Elementary School Principal and School District Director of Maintenance & Operations, adjacent landowners, and Friends of the Mad River.


The final design work was completed in September 2021 by Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC (WCA) and Civil Engineering Associates, Inc. (CEA).  This project is a wonderful example of partners working together to address stormwater runoff from a municipally owned property that will provide educational benefits for both the community and students at the school.  The support of the Town of Moretown, the School and local landowners have been integral in making this project a success by committing to treating the stormwater and keep it from just running off into nearby waterways carrying pollutants including sediment and phosphorus with it.