New Funding Opportunity: Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC)
Thanks to our Congressional delegation, passage of the federal Farm Bill included expansion of the territory eligible for grants under the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC), to include the entire State of Vermont. Formerly, only the northern-most counties were eligible. Between 1.5 and 2.5 million dollars will be available for economic and infrastructure projects, with a $500,000 maximum award for infrastructure projects and $250,000 for other projects. There is no minimum requirement. Eligible applicants are public bodies, 501(c) non-profits, Native American Tribes, and state government for projects that focus on:
- Transportation infrastructure
- Basic public infrastructure
- Telecommunications infrastructure
- Workforce development, entrepreneurship and businesses and technology development
- Resources and open space conservation, tourism and recreation
- Renewable and alternative energy.
Emerald Ash Borer: The Next Steps
Registration is now open for the Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness and Management Workshop to be held on Tuesday, April 16th from 4-6 pm at the Hartland Town Hall. The workshop is geared toward municipal staff and members of selectboards, planning commissions, conservation commissions, and tree committees. The workshop will give an overview of the resources available to help towns assess risk and establish a plan to respond to the ash borer. Potential municipal planning and management strategies will also be discussed. Space is limited, and registration closes April 9th. If you have any questions, please contact Otis at or Elise Schadler.
SWCRPC Awarded VT ANR Funding to Assist with Surface Water Reclassification Efforts
The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) has received funding from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (VT ANR) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), passed through the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) to assist with water quality planning efforts. Specifically, the SWCRPC will work with the State’s basin planner and the Town of Springfield to explore potential surface water reclassification.
Please contact Chris Yurek or at 802-674-9201 with any questions.
Regional Energy Plan Adopted
The SWCRPC developed a Regional Energy Plan to comply with Act 174 related standards. The plan contains an energy analysis, maps of regional resources and constraints, regional energy targets, and strategies needed to achieve the energy goals. It was adopted on June 25, 2018 after two duly-warned public hearings. It becomes effective on July 30, 2018. The plan can be downloaded in the Publications section of our website. The SWCRPC has submitted the plan to the Department of Public Service for a determination of energy compliance pursuant to Act 174 and 24 V.S.A. §4352. A public hearing is being planned for 6 pm on September 4th. Please contact Jason for more information.
West Windsor Dam Project
In the winter of 2017 SWCRPC, with several partners, completed a project to remove a mill dam to improve flood resiliency in West Windsor. For more information about the project, or to discuss removal of an unwanted dam on your property, contact Chris Yurek or Cindy Ingersoll.