WATER QUALITY OUTREACH PROJECT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2016

CONTACT: Kevin Behm, Assistant Director/GIS Manager
kbehm@acrpc.org
Office: (802) 388-3141

ADDISON COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION WATER QUALITY OUTREACH PROJECT

Middlebury, VTAddison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) has initiated an enhanced outreach effort focused on improving water quality in the Otter Creek and its tributaries under the Vermont Clean Water Act (VCWA) which was enacted by the legislature in 2015.

ACRPC will be working with municipal staff and boards to provide information about the requirements for municipalities triggered by the VCWA and assist with land use policy options such as stronger municipal protections against flood hazards and river corridor erosion, stormwater master planning, and other town plan or zoning changes to improve water quality. ACRPC staff will assist municipalities with compiling existing information to use in developing implementation plans under the municipal roads general permit. In addition, ACRPC will provide funding to the Addison County River Watch Collaborative to facilitate a review of their water quality sampling sites with municipalities in focus watersheds. In addition to facilitating municipal input, the ACRPC will assist in identifying areas of high sediment and nutrient run-off.

As part of DEC’s Tactical Basin Planning program, ACRPC will work closely with DEC staff and the Otter Creek Basin Planner to support municipal participation in the implementation of the Otter Creek Basin Plan and in tracking completed projects.

ACRPC prepares the Regional Plan and provides planning and technical assistance in the areas of community planning, transportation, natural resources, housing, economic development, and emergency management to 21 municipalities in Addison County (excluding Hancock and Granville) and the general public. Collaboration between the ACRPC, municipalities and state agencies results in the formation and implementation of community plans that support sustainable development with the intent of promoting the health, safety and general welfare of the region’s citizens.
For more information about the ACRPC, please visit www.acrpc.org.

For more information, please contact Kevin Behm, Assistant Director/GIS Manager: kbehm@acrpc.org or (802) 388-3141.

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