The 2018 DRAFT White River Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) is now available for public comment. The Plan provides an overall assessment of the health of the White River basin and defines ongoing and future actions and strategies to address high-priority stressors such as encroachment, stream channel erosion, land erosion, and pathogens. The Plan presents the recommendations of State and Federal resource agencies, watershed partner organizations, planning commissions, municipalities, and individual citizens.
A series of public comment meetings will be held in October to gather feedback on the TBP presented by the Agency of Natural Resources in partnership with Two-Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, White River Natural Resource Conservation District, White River Partnership, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) and the Rutland Regional Planning Commission.
“The White River Tactical Basin Plan is a very important tool for organizations like ours involved in water quality protection and restoration projects to plan for future project funding and implementation. It also provides a great avenue for outreach to communities in our region for dialogue on project priorities,” said Pam DeAndrea, Senior Planner at CVRPC.
The public is encouraged to attend the meetings, hear a presentation and offer their comments and suggestions. Meetings will take place in the evening in the following locations:
· October 9th Berlin, Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce Building, 33 Stewart Lane, 7-9PM
· October 11th Royalton, Royalton Academy Building, 4266 Route 14, 6:30-8PM
If unable to attend a meeting, an interactive Story Map providing a summary of the plan can be found at: https://arcg.is/1XDPvK.
Copies of the draft plan may be obtained at http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/basin-planning/basin9 or by requesting a copy from Danielle Owczarski by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 490-6176.
Comments should be directed by email to email@example.com or by mail to Danielle Owczarski, Basin 9 Comments, 1 National Life Drive, Main 2, Montpelier VT 05620-3522. Comments should be postmarked or sent through email by the end of the business day (4:30 pm) on October 31, 2018. Comments received by this date will be addressed in a responsiveness summary.