The mission of the Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District (WCNRCD) is to advance conservation awareness to all citizens so that people understand and act on basic principles of rational use and care of Windham’s environment.
To ensure the wise use, protection and enhancement of Windham County’s farmland, woodland, water and related natural resources.
To Provide leadership for conservation issues in Windham County.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2019
Marie Caduto, Watershed Coordinator, Department of Environmental Conservation
Public Asked to Provide Feedback on Deerfield and Connecticut River Tributaries Water Quality Plan
Brattleboro, VT – Later this month, the public is invited to learn more about and provide feedback on the Draft Deerfield River and Adjacent Connecticut River Tributaries Tactical Basin Plan. Developed by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, the plan includes details about the types of projects that will be needed to maintain and improve water quality in the Deerfield, Green, and North Rivers and Fall River, Broad, Crosby, and Whetstone Brooks. The draft plan outlines the actions that the state and local community organizations will take to protect and restore rivers, lakes, and wetlands in the basin.
“It’s important to get public feedback on this Tactical Basin Plan because the plan will guide all water quality restoration and protection projects in the region for the next five years,” said Margo Ghia, Natural Resources Planner for Windham Regional Commission.
Meetings will take place in the following locations:
· Tuesday, December 10th, 6:30-8pm
Brattleboro Savings and Loan Community Room – 221 Main Street Brattleboro
Enter through the back entrance, park in the Savings and Loan parking lot out back.
· Thursday, Dec. 19, 6:30-8pm
Wilmington Town Hall – 2 East Main Street, Wilmington
Copies of the draft plan can be viewed on-line as of December 10 at https://dec.vermont.gov/water-investment/watershed-planning/tactical-basin-planning/basin12 or by requesting a copy from Marie Caduto by email at Marie.Caduto@vermont.gov or 802-289-0633. The public comment period runs until January 10, 2020. Comments received by this date will be addressed in a responsiveness summary.
Great River Hydro Donation Drives Conservation Effort in Windham County:
The Windham County Conservation District would like to extend our warmest thanks to Great River Hydro for their donation of $4600 to support the Greeter Programs conducted at the Somerset and Harriman Reservoirs this past summer. Thanks to their continuing support, trained professionals were able to inspect more than 1,000 boats prior to their entering the water. 13 aquatic invasive species were detected and prevented from spreading to these water bodies as a result of this program. Thanks to Great River Hydro for their continuing support of conservation in Windham County!
The Windham Conservation District has a vacant seat on the board of supervisors. Joining the board is a great way for landowners in Windham County to help shape conservation efforts in their local community. The Conservation District is a state-mandated municipality that works to assist landowners in pursuit of conservation objectives that benefit everyone. Whether you are passionate about protecting wildlife, concerned about water quality issues, or interested in ways to help farmers meet Vermont Required Agricultural Practices as well as their production needs, consider becoming involved with the Windham Conservation District. Those interested in applying to join the board of supervisors should contact District Manager Cory Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 802-689-3024.
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Images from the Nov. 14 Pasture Walk at Roselily Farm in Brattleboro, VT
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