First Clean and Clear Water Plan Grants

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First Clean and Clear Water Plan Grants

Tue, 08/31/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Announces First Clean and Clear Water Plan Grants
Montpelier-Governor Jim Douglas was in St. Albans today to announce
the first $111,000 in grants for his Clean and Clean Action Plan and
present a check for $11,000 to the Lake Champlain Committee for work to
identify which areas in the St. Albans Bay watershed should undergo
treatments to reduce the amount of phosphorus reaching the lake.
Douglas' multi-year, multi-million dollar clean-up plan for the Lake
Champlain Basin, and waterways throughout Vermont, received $500,000 in
capital funds in the fiscal year 2005 budget to complete stream stability
projects. Douglas' plan calls for this stream stability program to be
funded for at least six years. "Our plan is about more than a precious
natural resource; it is about more than our lakes, rivers and streams.
It's about our quality of life, and our way of life," Douglas said.
The goal of the grant program is to reduce the long-term sediment and
nutrient loading to Lake Champlain from unstable or eroding stream
channels and flood plains by protecting, managing, and restoring streams
and stream corridors.
Municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofit
organizations, and citizens groups proposing projects located in the Lake
Champlain Basin are eligible to receive River Corridor Grants.
Individuals and state and federal agencies are not eligible to receive
funds directly, but may partner with an eligible project sponsor.
Douglas' plan-dubbed the Clean & Clear Water Action Plan-focuses on
providing leadership, financial resources and a sustained commitment to
efforts designed to ensure that Vermont's waterways meet high water
quality standards. The plan is a $130 million investment in improving and
protecting Vermont's waterways, the most significant water quality
initiative Vermont has ever undertaken.
"After more than a decade of discussion about the need to improve and
protect waterways throughout Vermont, we can-and we must-and we are acting
now," Douglas said.
For more information on fluvial geomorphology which guides Vermont's
efforts on stream stabilization, please see www.vtwaterquality.org/rivers.