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Tactical Basin Planning - Protecting and Restoring Surface Waters


Watercolor - Eden Lake: The Pass, Eden, VT, 2003 by Denise Cote Watershed Planners are responsible for river and stream water quality and aquatic habitat assessments, municipal surface water protection assistance, and the Tactical planning process. Planners evaluate river and stream problems and threats; identifies special uses, values, and characteristics; catalyzes and supports watershed organizations and projects; provides funding and technical assistance to nonpoint source planning and implementation projects; and provides information and assistance to municipalities for local surface water protection.


Tactical basin plans focus on the projects or actions needed to protect or restore specific waters and identify appropriate funding sources to complete the work, based on monitoring and assessment data.  Since these tactical plans will guide all watershed work supported by the Watershed Management Division, the issues identified in these plans are the ones that will be prioritized for management attention, including funding.  Tactical Basin Plans integrate priority items from complementary plans, including River Corridor Plans, Stormwater Master Plans, Backroads Inventories, and Agricultural Environmental Assessments.

If you are aware of pollution run-off issues in your watershed, such as eroding dirt roads, poor culvert placements, stream or lakeshore erosion, clear-cutting, etc., it’s important to let your watershed coordinator know, such that these can be evaluated for inclusion in tactical basin plans.  If potential problems are not listed in these plans, they may not receive support from the Watershed Management Division. Below is a map of Vermont’s Watersheds with the name and contact of the Watershed Coordinator.  Watershed Coordinators encourage public involvement and welcome input as they develop the tactical basin plans.  To learn more, contact your Watershed Coordinator by identifying your area below.   

Click one of Vermont's major drainage basins (watersheds) pictured below to read more about it, or click the links to the right.


Vermont Watershed Map Ompompanoosuc, Stevens, Wells, Waits - Basin #14Upper Connecticut, Nulhegan, Willard Steam, Paul Stream - Basin #16 Lamoille - Basin #7 Passumpsic - Basin #15 Otter Creek, Little Creek, Lewis Creek - Basin #3 Ottauquechee, Black - Basin #10 White River - Basin #9 Deerfield - Basin #12 Southern Lake Champlain - Basin #4 West, Williams, Saxtons - Basin #11 Lake Memphremagog (Black, Barton, Clyde), Coaticook, Tomifobia - Basin #17 Poultney, Mettawee - Basin #2 Missisquoi - Basin #6 Winooski - Basin #8 Batten Kill, Walloomsac, Hoosic - Basin  #1 Northern Lake Champlain - Basin #5 Hudson River Drainage Basin
1. Battenkill, Walloomsac, Hoosic

Lake Champlain Drainage Basin

South Lake Champlain Basin

2. Poultney, Mettawee
3. Otter Creek, Little Otter Creek, Lewis Creek
4. Lower Lake Champlain


North Lake Champlain Basin

5. Upper Lake Champlain, LaPlatte, Malletts Bay, St. Albans Bay, Rock, Pike

6. Missisquoi
7. Lamoille
8. Winooski

Connecticut River Drainage Basin

-North Connecticut River Basin

15. Passumpsic

16. Upper Connecticut, Nulhegan, Willard Stream, Paul Stream

-Mid Connecticut River Basin

9. White

14. Stevens, Wells, Waits, Ompompanoosuc

-South Connecticut River Basin

10. Ottauquechee, Black

11. West, Williams, Saxtons
12. Deerfield
Lake Memphremagog Drainage Basin
17. Lake Memphremagog (Barton, Black, Clyde), Coaticook, Tomifobia


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