ORANGE — The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, which covers towns in parts of Windsor and Orange counties, has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.
As part of the US Environmental Protection Agency pass-through funds for water quality planning, this year-long funding will allow TRORC and other Regional Planning Commissions to compile water quality data.
It will also help support water quality monitoring activities, and conduct outreach with citizens and municipalities on important surface waters and wetlands.
All of these efforts lead to more informed and effective basin plans that document surface water quality, identify threats and impairments, and identify projects to maintain and improve water quality.
The commission says it is essential that Vermont funds the most effective and most supported methods to address water quality with the essential help of Vermont’s Regional Planning Commissions.
Well-crafted basin plans provide the foundation on which Vermont will invest in water quality projects that address existing pollution and protect existing, high quality waters.