VHCB is 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.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR CLEAN WATER PROJECTS in the Memphremagog Basin (Basin 17)
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, October 3 at 4 p.m. for the next round of CWSP funding. Proposals will be considered by the Memphremagog BWQC at their meeting on November 2, 2023. For more information contact Karen Freeman, Associate Director of Conservation by email to karen.freeman [@] vhcb.org or at 802-828-5067
2023 Memphremagog Basin Water Quality Council Meetings
November 2, 2023 - Agenda | Meeting Presentation
September 14, 2023 - Agenda | Minutes
June 9, 2023 - Agenda | Minutes | Meeting Presentation
April 6, 2023 - Agenda | Minutes
February 9, 2023 - Agenda | Minutes
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, Chair, 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, Vice Chair, Northeast Kingdom Project Director, Vermont Land Trust/Term: 2024
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
- Meeting Rules
- Public Participation Procedures
- Clean Water Service Provider Procurement and Prequalification Policy
- Co-Benefits Scoring for Memphremagog Basin Water Quality Council
- Conflict of Interest Policy
- Request for Qualifications – Water Quality Project Manager