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Upcoming Forum: Stream Reclassification

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC), in partnership with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC), will be hosting a public forum to discuss stream reclassification.

The purpose of the forum will be to explain reclassification and its implications. We will also explain and request from affected municipalities statements of comment or support for designation of candidate Outstanding Resource Waters, candidates identified for re-classification to Class A(1) or Class B(1), or candidates identified for reclassification to Class 1 wetlands, based upon recommendations in the 2018 Basin 10 Tactical Basin Plan and the 2015 Basin 11/13 Tactical Basin Plan.

Among those candidates for reclassification outlined in these Plans within southern Windsor County include:

The forum will be held at the SWCRPC offices located at 38 Ascutney Park Road, Ascutney, Vermont 05030 at 4PM on Thursday, July 11, 2019. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Chris Yurek at cyurek@swcrpc.org by no later than close of business on Friday, July 5.

Brownfields Cleanup at Goodyear Industrial Site

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) will be providing funding through its Brownfield Reuse Program to the Windsor Improvement Corporation (WIC) upon its acquisition of the Goodyear Industrial Campus site.  WIC is proposing to use this funding for the removal and disposal of asbestos containing materials from the concrete slab prior to the installation of a solar array. All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing on June 11th at 7PM at Windsor Town Hall, 29 Union Street in Windsor and submit comments by July 2nd. The full public notice and relevant documents are linked below.

Stormwater Concept Designs Completed in Springfield

In early 2019, the Town of Springfield, the Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) of Southeastern Vermont, and the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) partnered to develop conceptual designs for stormwater infrastructure along Lincoln Street.

The existing on-site stormwater infrastructure does not sufficiently capture stormwater runoff, leading to large volumes of runoff flowing at high velocities in a concentrated manner. This condition has been a catalyst for the formation of a massive and highly active bank failure between Lincoln Street and Valley Street. The goal of this project was to develop conceptual designs to divert runoff away from the bank failure and to a retention feature on the HCRS property. Once constructed, this will slow or halt the bank erosion that is currently threatening the HCRS parking lot. This project will also improve water quality by eliminating excess sediment and nutrient inputs to the stream below. The Project Team anticipates completing construction ready engineering designs prior to the end of calendar year 2019 ahead of 2020 construction.

Funding for this project phase was provided by a grant through the VT Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP), as well as cash contributions from the Town of Springfield and HCRS.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Yurek at 802-674-9201 or via email at cyurek@swcrpc.org.

Large In-stream Culvert Replaced on Baltimore Road in Weathersfield

During the summer and fall of 2018, the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) partnered with the Town of Weathersfield to replace an undersized, Irene damaged culvert conveying a stream under Baltimore Road. Replacing this crossing with a structure of adequate size will make Baltimore Road more resilient to future flooding events. It will also reduce recurring maintenance costs to the Town and improve water quality and stream stability. Funding for this project was provided by a grant through the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program, with local match provided by the Town of Weathersfield.

Please contact Ed Morris or Chris Yurek with any questions.

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 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.