VHCB has been chosen by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to be the Clean Water Service Provider for the Lake Memphremagog Basin.
The Vermont Clean Water Service Delivery Act of 2019, or Act 76, established a new framework for funding non-regulatory clean-water projects and created regional organizations called Clean Water Service Providers (CWSP) in both the Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog Basins.
To guide the prioritization and selection of clean water projects for funding, VHCB has established a local council called the Basin Water Quality Council (BWQC). The nine-member BWQC includes representatives from local municipalities, conservation districts, regional planning commissions, watershed groups, and a statewide conservation organization.
In the Memphremagog Basin, the pollutant of concern has been determined to be phosphorus. The projects that VHCB funds as the CWSP will reduce phosphorus loading in order to help reach clean water goals as laid out in the Memphremagog Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load.
Non-regulatory projects include floodplain reconnections, wetlands restoration, riparian and lakeshore corridor protection, forestland best management practices, and forested riparian buffer restoration. Considered in the project selection process are the co-benefits of a clean water project, including improved flood resiliency and flood hazard mitigation.
The first grant awards will likely be made in July of 2022. This program is new, not only for VHCB, but for the state of Vermont. As information becomes available, this webpage will be updated with details on the funding application process, funded projects, phosphorus reduction targets, and the BWQC members and meetings.
For more information contact Kendall Lambert, VHCB Clean Water Program Manager at @email or 802-828-5563
2022 Memphremagog Basin Water Quality Council Meetings
Wednesday, April 6 - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88099655706
Agenda - Minutes - Meeting Presentation 1 - Meeting Presentation 2
2022-2023 Memphremagog Basin Water Quality Council Members/Terms
Regional Planning Commission members:
Doug Morton, Senior Transportation Planner, Northeastern Vermont Development Association/Term: 2023
Beth Torpey, Water Quality Planner, Northeastern Vermont Development Association/Term: 2024
Natural Resources Conservation District members:
Sarah Damsell, District Manager, Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District/Term: 2024
Heather Johnson, Essex County District Manager, Essex County Natural Resources Conservation District/Term: 2023
Thomas Bernier, Director of Public Works, City of Newport/Term: 2023
Eric Pope, Selectman, Town of Morgan/Term: 2024
Watershed Group members:
Meghann Carter, Conservation Science Director, NorthWoods Stewardship Center/Term: 2023
Patrick Hurley, Project Manager, Memphremagog Watershed Association/Term: 2024
Land Conservation Organization member: Kerry O’Brien, Northeast Kingdom Project Director, Vermont Land Trust/Term: 2024