Middlebury Water Quality Chat

The Addison County River Watch Collaborative (ACRWC) is a local nonprofit, which uses citizen scientists and volunteers to assess the condition of Addison County’s flowing waterways and to raise public awareness and stewardship of water quality in the region. Over the past few years, ACRWC has teamed up with several Addison County towns’ Conservation Commissions to hold public forums for openly sharing information about local rivers and streams.

Hosted by the Middlebury Conservation Commission, ACRWC will hold the “Middlebury Water Quality Chat” on Monday, April 15, 5:00-7:00pm at the Middlebury Town Offices. Light and tasty refreshments will be served.

The Middlebury Conservation Commission and ACRWC invite all those interested in water quality to participate. River Watch staff and volunteers will present stream monitoring data from 4 local rivers (New Haven River, Otter Creek, Middlebury River, and Lemon Fair) and will address participants’ questions and concerns on water-related matters  (from good swimming holes to erosion hot-spots).

To learn more about the Addison County River Watch Collaborative and the “Middlebury Water Quality Chat” please visit Addison County River Watch Collaborative’s (ACRWC) homepage.

EPA Joint Public Meetings to Discuss Vermont’s Lake Champlain Cleanup Efforts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a series of public meetings this November to outline the next steps in Vermont’s efforts to restore water quality in Lake Champlain. The meetings will be moderated by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and will include both afternoon and evening sessions to encourage participation by all interested persons.

Lake Champlain Basin Phosphorus Clean Water Act TMDL Public Meetings will be held at the following locations:

Nov. 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland

Nov. 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Middlebury Inn, Middlebury

Nov. 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Bliss Room, St. Albans Historical Society, 9 Church Street, St. Albans

Nov. 19, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Doubletree Hotel, Burlington

Grant Opportunity: “Strong Communities, Better Connections”

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) continue to work together aligning goals, policies, and programs to support vibrant community centers and transportation options and are pleased to announce the Strong Communities, Better Connections (SCBC) — a new funding partnership connecting land use and transportation investments to support community and economic development.

“This strategic partnership provides an innovative approach that links transportation and community economic development,” said Deputy Transportation Secretary, Sue Minter. “By leveraging state, federal and local resources, we can help communities get the tools they need to plan transportation investments that enhance community vitality and resilience.”

“Transportation investments support economic development, influence the affordability of transportation and housing for Vermonters, and shape the character and quality of life in our downtowns and villages” said Housing and Community Development Commissioner Noelle MacKay, “This new partnership works to ensure that state and local policies are coordinated and promote the type of investment and development that is good for Vermont’s economy, community and environment.”

Approximately $200,000 of total funding is available help Vermont municipalities outside of Chittenden County integrate transportation and land use investments. Applications are due October 3, 2014 and complete grant guidance is available online. Please visit:

For more information, contact Jackie Cassino, at 802.828.2758 or Richard Amore at 822.282.5229.

Middlebury/VT 125 Closed from 17-18 Jun 2014

VT Route 125/College Street in the Town of Middlebury will be closed (and completely impassable by any vehicles) starting at 6:00 AM on Tuesday 17 Jun 2014, through 7:00 PM on Wednesday 18 Jun 2014.

Middlebury College is replacing a section of steam pipe crossing under the road, and both lanes must be trenched across at the same time, completely shutting off the road.

The Town of Middlebury and State of Vermont Agency of Transportation permits for the road closure and detour are in place.

There is a traffic control and detour plan which details where the road will be completely closed, closed to through traffic, and detoured. The actual trench will cut through College Street across from Forest Hall (between Chateau Road and Hepburn Road).

Message boards are currently in place and activated at the rotary in Middlebury and at the Route 22A/Route 125 intersection to provide normal commuters advance notice. On the days of the actual closure, traffic control personnel will be staged at the three locations indicated on the plan, to assist the traveling public with the detour.

Middlebury College is sending an “email blast” through their system, and posting on their web page. I understand Ted Dunakin has asked Chris English to do the same for the Town of Middlebury’s email list and web page. Middlebury College is posting a notice in the Addison Independent.

Please do not hesitate to contact Carl Crawford (crawford@ottercrk.com) or Tom McGinn ( tmcginn@middlebury.edu) at Middlebury College with any concerns.

Public Meeting ~ VT State Freight Plan Update ~ 22 Oct

VIT site at 51 Charles Ave, Hannaford Career Center, Middlebury, VT.

On Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 @ 5:45 PM

This Public meeting is for the purpose of receiving information and comments on the draft Vermont State Freight Plan.

This document is available for your review at http://vtrans.vermont.gov/.

The information received will be considered as the Vermont Agency of Transportation prepares the Final submission of the Vermont State Freight Plan.

If you cannot attend the meeting and wish to comment, please write to:

Costa Pappis
Vermont Agency of Transportation,
Policy, Planning & Intermodal Development Division
1 National Life Drive, 5th floor
Montpelier, Vermont 05633

Or alternatively, by e-mail to costa.pappis@state.vt.us

Written comments must be received by October 31, 2013.

You will be able to participate in this meeting at any of the main Vermont Interactive Television studio locations. These locations are listed on the VIT website at www.vitlink.org or can be obtained by calling 802.728.1455. Alternate sites will not be utilized for this

45-day Filing Notice for Phase 2 ~ Vermont Gas

ACRPC received from Vermont Gas their 45 day filing notice for Phase 2 of their proposed expansion on Friday 4 Oct 2013. Their letter is attached here. The maps supporting the letter and showing the route may be viewed/downloaded below.


Download Addison County Maps (9.4 mB)

Download Georgia, VT Maps (3.3 mB)


Public Hearing on the State Transportation Improvement Program: 15 Oct 2013

The Vermont Agency of Transportation is holding their annual public hearing on the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which outlines all the statewide transportation projects and their budgets programmed to take place from FY-2014 through FY-2017. The public hearing will be held at Vermont Interactive Television (VIT) on Tue 15 Oct 2012 between 6pm and 8pm. ACRPC staff will host the VIT site at 51 Charles Ave, Hannaford Career Center, Middlebury, VT.

If you can not attend the hearing and wish to comment, please write to:

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Matthew Langham, STIP Coordinator
Vermont Agency of Transportation,
Policy and Planning Division
National Life Building – Drawer 33
Montpelier, Vermont 05633 – 5001

Or alternatively send e-mails to stipcoordinator@state.vt.us

You will be able to participate in this hearing at any of the main Vermont Interactive Television studio locations. These locations are listed on the VIT website at www.vitlink.org or can be obtained by calling 802.828.5578. Alternate sites will not be utilized for this hearing.

2014 “Transportation Alternatives” Grants

The VTrans Transportation Alternatives Program is soliciting applications for eligible projects as stated below, and in the 2014 Transportation Alternatives Announcement letter. The Transportation Alternatives Program provides funding for either scoping (feasibility) studies or for the design and construction of projects. Applicants must attend a training session on one of two available dates; August 26th, 2014 (2-4 PM) and September 4th (6-8 PM). Training will be held at Vermont Interactive Technologies (VIT) videoconference sites. Applications must be either post-marked or received by Friday, October 31, 2014. Eligible projects include:

  • A. Construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other nonmotorized forms of transportation, including sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure, and transportation projects to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.).
  • B. Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.
  • C. Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other nonmotorized transportation users.
  • D. Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
  • E. Community improvement activities, including–
    • i. inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising;
    • ii. historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities;
    • iii. vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control; and
    • iv. archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project eligible under this title.
  • F. Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to–
    • i. address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff, including activities described in sections 133(b)(11), 328(a), and 329; or
    • ii. reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
  • G. The Safe Routes to School Program under Section 1404 (SAFETEA-LU) (23 U.S.C. 402).

For a copy of the VTrans 2014 VTrans Transportation Alternatives Program Application and Guide, go online to: http://vtransengineering.vermont.gov/sections/ltf/transportationalternatives. You may also obtain a copy or ask any questions about the program or application process by contacting Scott Robertson by phone at (802) 828-5799 or email Scott.Robertson@state.vt.us.

Better Back Roads Applications Due 15 Jul 2013

2013 Vermont Better Backroads Small Grants Program

  • 2013 Vermont Better Backroads Program: The Vermont Better Backroads Program’s goal is to promote the use of erosion control and maintenance techniques that save money while protecting and enhancing Vermont’s lakes and streams. Funds will be distributed as small grants to municipalities and local organizations to address town or private road erosion problems. Applications are due Mon 15 Jul 2013 @ 5pm.

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