Memphremagog Basin: Clean Water Service Provider

  • Lake Memphremagog

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    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 will be creating a local council called the Basin Water Quality Council (BWQC). With nine members in total, the BWQC will include 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

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