Water Quality Improvement Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2018

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

Re: Water Quality Improvement Program

The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (“ACRPC”) is pleased to announce that the Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, Water Quality Division has recently awarded a contract to Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (“TRORC”) to administer water quality improvement programs to Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) throughout the entire State of Vermont.  The $40,000 grant is funded through the 604B program of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and is intended to pass money to local and regional entities to pursue water quality planning and improvements.

For this year, eligible projects will focus on water quality planning within three tasks:

  1. In consultation with ANR’s Basin Planners, identify a river corridor, stormwater master plan or other assessment and incorporate the priority projects within those plans into the Watershed Projects Database;
  2. Conduct outreach and participate in a municipal forum to obtain municipal consideration to reclassify important surface waters or wetlands to programs where they will receive higher levels of protection;
  3. Support water quality monitoring activities and educational outreach to municipalities regarding the data and how it will be used to inform the tactical basin plan and improve overall water quality.

In Addison County, ACRPC shall use its funds to support the water quality monitoring and outreach work of the Addison County Riverwatch Collaborative (“ACRWC”) (Task 3).  ACRWC consists of a dedicated group of volunteers that sample and monitor the “health” of each river within Addison County.  ACRWC takes water samples from each river within the Region at specific locations and times. ACRWC sends the samples to the La Rosa Laboratory at the State of Vermont where the lab measures the samples for parameters such as E. coli bacteria, to determine whether the water is safe for swimmers, or phosphorus, to determine how much the water will contribute to the phosphorus load in Lake Champlain, which contributes to algal growth in the Lake. ACRWC publishes its results for municipal officials, citizens and scientists to use. ACRPC will actively provide technical assistance in mapping and presenting the data collected. It will create outreach materials, analytical reports and maps for presentation to municipal officials to help them understand what the data means for water quality within their town. ACRPC will assist the ACRWC Managing Director with actively promoting and maintaining the ACRWC website (www.acrpc.org/acrwc). Current water quality sampling results will be depicted and explained in a watershed-wide context and in a local context for use by landowners.

 

For further information, please call or e-mail Kevin Behm at (802) 388-3141 or kbehm@acrpc.org

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