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Tactical Basin Plans Approved for Basins 5 and 14

posted Sep 24, 2015, 9:47 AM by Lyn Munno   [ updated Sep 25, 2015, 8:30 AM ]
Basin 5 encompasses watersheds from just north of the Canadian border south to Charlotte, Vermont that drain direct to the lake, excluding the larger rivers (Winooski, Lamoille and Missisquoi). The largest threats to water quality in Northern Lake Champlain include: algal blooms, high levels of pathogens or turbidity in the water, high levels of mercury and PCBs, and aquatic invasive species. Pollutants reach waterways because of urban and agricultural runoff, and eroding river channels due to an imbalance in the river system. Karen Bates, basin planner for the Watershed Management Division, coordinated the planning process, with help from local watershed groups, residents, a variety of stakeholders, the Agency of Natural Resources and natural resource professionals from other state and federal agencies. The approved plan is available here.

Basin 14 includes the Wells, Waits, Ompompanoosuc, and Stevens Rivers in eastern Vermont. Stressors that affect water quality in these four rivers include shore land encroachment from development, channel erosion, invasive species, land erosion, pathogens, toxins, nutrient loading, acidity, and flow alteration. Priority actions include monitoring to identify nutrient sources, implementing agricultural best management practices, inventorying road erosion problems, and implementing best practices for local roads. The approved plan is available here.

From VT DEC FLOW blogs posted 9-24-15 and 9-25-15.