Poultney-Mettowee Watershed Planning
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