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June 23, 2015

Public Comment Sought for the Draft Northern Lake Champlain Direct Drainages Tactical Water Quality Management Plan

The Agency of Natural Resources is holding three public comment meetings in July to gather feedback on the Draft Northern Lake Champlain Direct Drainages Tactical Water Quality Management Plan. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings, hear a presentation and offer their comments and suggestions. This plan will be used to establish priorities for clean water projects being pursued in fulfillment of the Vermont Clean Water Act (H.35), signed into law by Governor Shumlin on June 16, and related Lake Champlain restoration efforts.

Meetings will take place in the following locations:

Monday, June 29, 5-6:30 pm, Swanton Municipal Building, Swanton, VT (hosted by Friends of North Lake Champlain)

Thursday, July 2, 4-5:30 pm, Act 250 conference room, ANR District Office, 111 West Street, Essex Junction, VT

Wednesday, July 8 6:30 to 8 pm, Meeting room 1, Shelburne Town Office, Shelburne, VT (hosted by the Shelburne Natural Resources Committee)

The Northern Lake Champlain Direct Drainages (Basin 5) include all surface waters that drain into the northern section of Lake Champlain, beginning at the Ferrisburgh and Charlotte town line and ending at the Canadian border, excepting three major river watersheds: the Missisquoi, the Winooski and the Lamoille. This Tactical Plan was developed with the purpose of improving both water quality and aquatic habitats, and presents ANR's recommendations in collaboration with other State and Federal resource agencies, watershed partner organizations, regional planning commissions, municipalities, and individual citizens.

The Plan, which was prepared in accordance with the Vermont Surface Water Management Strategy, provides an overview of the health of the basin and a description of the priority future and ongoing steps recommended to restore and protect its surface waters. The central component of this Tactical Basin Plan is an implementation table, which breaks actions intended to protect, maintain, enhance, and restore surface waters in the basin into geographical segments.

A full list of top priority actions recommended in the management plan can be accessed here.

Copies of the plan may be obtained online at http://www.vtwaterquality.org or by requesting a copy from the number below. The public comment period runs until July 24, 2015. Comments received by this date will be addressed in a responsiveness summary.

For further information or to submit comments please contact:

Karen Bates, Watershed Coordinator, Watershed Management Division, VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation, 111 West St., Essex Junction, VT 05452; Phone (802) 490-6144; Email karen.bates@state.vt.us

Source: Department of Environmental Conservation
Last Updated at: June 23, 2015 10:21:45