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Draft Tactical Basin Plan for Basin 11 - 13

posted Feb 2, 2016, 12:06 PM by Lyn Munno   [ updated Feb 2, 2016, 12:09 PM ]

Final Tactical Basin Plan for the West, Williams, Saxtons River and lower Connecticut River and Tributaries.

On January 7, 2016, the DEC released a new draft tactical plan for use by Agencies and partner organizations to protect, maintain, enhance and restore surface waters. For additional information on how to use the plan to assist in these activities, you can contact: Marie Levesque Caduto, Watershed Coordinator, 802.885.8958,

Click here for a link to the plan.

From the headwaters off of South Mountain in Mount Holly, and framed by Bromley, Stratton, and Hogback Mountains on the west and the Connecticut River on the east, Basin 11-13 runs from the crest of the southern Green Mountains almost to the Massachusetts line, dropping over 3700’ in elevation from the high point in Stratton to its outlet in Brattleboro. Twenty-nine towns, in full or in part, make up the Basin.

The largest of the major watersheds in the Basin is the West River draining 423 square miles from Weston to Brattleboro. Its tributaries include the Rock and Winhall Rivers and Wardsboro and Ball Mountain Brooks. The Williams River running from the hills of Andover down to Herrick’s Cover in Rockingham drains 117 square miles and the Saxtons River covers 78 squares miles from Windham to Westminster.

The approximately 26 miles of the Connecticut River mainstem covered in this basin include Rockingham/Bellows Falls to Brattleboro. The largest brooks feeding directly into the Connecticut River are East Putney and Sacketts Brooks both of which are in Westminster and Putney.