Town and Village

Water quality plan for Deerfield, Connecticut Rivers under discussion

State planners and regional water quality partners are hosting a virtual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. to introduce the state's kick-off of the update to the Tactical Basin Plan for the Deerfield and lower Connecticut Rivers and adjacent Connecticut River Tributaries (Basin 12).

This plan is being developed to protect and restore rivers, lakes, and wetlands in southeastern Vermont from Stratton to Vernon. Register in advance for this meeting at

The public is invited to provide input on regional water quality and river habitat concerns. Watershed Planner Marie Caduto will present an overview of the current conditions in the watershed and provide an update on the progress made since the 2020 plan was implemented.

Input can be submitted during the meeting or via email to [email protected] or mailed to Marie Caduto, Basin 10 Comments, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, 100 Mineral St., Suite 303, Springfield, VT 05156.

The Tactical Basin Plan identifies actions that will protect or improve rivers, lakes, and wetlands through cost-effective projects, including floodplain restorations and dam removals.

The plan will set priority strategies focused on water quality and aquatic habitat to be implemented over the coming five years. One such project identified in the previous plan is the floodplain restoration work being implemented on Birge Street in Brattleboro.

Pre-register for the Jan. 24 meeting through the Windham Regional Commission at

This Town and Village item was submitted to The Commons.

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