Poultney-Mettowee Watershed Planning
March 25, 2014:
The Draft South Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Plan is now available for public
review. A series of public comment meetings will be held in April
to gather comments on the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ Draft South Lake
Champlain Tactical Basin Plan. The draft plan has been completed by the agency
and many community partners. The plan lays out the current condition of the
surface waters and aquatic habitat, problems occurring with water quality and
strategies to be taken by the agency and partners to improve water quality.
The public is invited to attend the meetings, hear a presentation on the plan
and offer their comments and suggestions.
Meetings will take place in the following
locations and dates:
Tuesday, April, 8th, 2014, 5:30
pm at the Pawlet Public Library, 141 School Street, Pawlet, Vermont,
Tuesday, April, 15th, 2014, 6:30 pm at the Orwell Free Library, 473 Main St, Orwell, VT 05760
Tuesday April 22nd, 2014, 2:30 pm at the Bentley
Community Center at Green Mountain College, 348 Bentley Avenue, Poultney, VT
The Tactical Basin Planning process for the Southern Lake Champlain Basin
(comprised of the Poultney and Mettowee Rivers, and the Lower Champlain Direct
drainages) commenced in 2012 to identify water resource concerns as well as
water quality improvement recommendations within the southern Lake Champlain
Watershed in Addison and Rutland County, Vermont. The goal of this tactical
basin planning process (for more on the tactical basin planning process, please
see Chapter 4
of the Statewide Surface Water Management Strategy) has been to produce a
Southern Lake Champlain Watershed Improvement Plan, that identifies high
priority actions for the protection and restoration of surface waters in this
Basin. This new Tactical Basin Plan draws from previous efforts identified in
the Poultney Mettowee Basin Plan (2005) and the South Lake Workplan (drafted in
2009 and updated in October of 2012).
Since 1998, the Poultney Mettowee Watershed Partnership has pursued the goals of assessment, prioritization, and project completion to produce effective returns. Most of these projects have focused on education and outreach, such as the Poultney Educational Trail, the Public Attitudes Survey of residents on water quality, storm-drain stenciling, and the Watershed Festival of 2001. The Partnership members represent watershed interests from various backgrounds including farmers, foresters, loggers, business owners, municipal officials, anglers, local watershed organizations, environmental groups, teachers, utility companies, regional planners, and slate quarry operations. The Watershed Partnership is guiding the development of the watershed plan and assist in the implementation of watershed restoration projects. The Watershed Partnership meets regularly to formulate a collaborative approach to resolving high priority water quality issues.
For more information concerning the Partnership or the water quality management plan for the Poultney-Mettowee watershed area, contact Marli Rupe at the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District by dialing 802.287.8339 or Ethan Swift, Vermont DEC Watershed Coordinator.
The Vermont Water Resources Panel requested DEC to refrain from submitting its petition for re-classification and water management typing affecting surface waters for the Poultney Mettowee Basin. The rule for the typing and re-classification of waters in the Poultney and Mettowee River basins remains unsettled and has not been finalized. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and DEC are working with the Water Resources Panel to arrive at a mutually agreeable approach towards water management typing which is science-based, sustainable and practical to implement and transparent to all interested and affected persons.
Basin Specific Reports
Updated: January 2012