Rutland Regional Planning Commission to assist state tactical basin planning

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RUTLAND — The Rutland Regional Planning Commission announced expanded outreach and services for improvement of tactical basin planning efforts for Lake Champlain and overall water quality efforts.

The work is secured through a grant of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, with activities scheduled to begin this fall and last up to September 2020.

The Tactical Basin Plan for Otter Creek Watershed or Basin 3 was recently updated by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Tactical Basin Plans help identify and focus efforts needed to protect or restore specific watersheds throughout the state.

Two years ago, DEC completed a TBP for the South Lake Champlain watersheds, Basins 2 and 4.

The quasi-governmental non-profit organization, the RRPC will work with its member municipalities to encourage a variety of efforts to improve water quality.

These efforts include suggested bylaw updates, such as river corridor bylaw considerations, and assistance with securing funding for water quality project development and implementation, and helping towns comply with the upcoming Draft General Permit 3-9050, the “3-acre” developed lands permit.

Vermont’s regional planning commissions along with state agencies, watershed groups, conservation districts, and municipalities have been key partners in water quality efforts.