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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director

waninger@cvregion.com

802-229-0389

 

Award Winning Central Vermont Food Access Map Demonstrates

the Importance of Community Design to Improving Health

 

Montpelier, Vermont – June 22, 2020 – The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission has been awarded a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award for development of a Food Access Map for the Hunger Council of Washington County.  The SAG award is given annually to a limited number of ESRI’s GIS clients around the world to recognize outstanding work with Geography Systems Technology (GIS) technology in a field of over 100,000 organizations.

 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a framework using hardware, software, data, and people to gather, manage, analyze, and visualize data.  The resulting maps provide deeper insights into data and help users make informed decisions.

 

“Helping the Council visualize food access was a natural fit with the Commission’s GIS skills.  The map demonstrates that decisions related to community design can affect people’s health,” said Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission.

 

“Our goal with the mapping tool was to understand where “food deserts” were in our county and how various factors like bus routes, locations of jobs, and types of food available in various stores impacted the results”, said Eileen Pelletier, Executive Director of Downstreet Housing and Community Development and Co-Chair of the Hunger Council of Washington County.  “With the interactive map tool, we can layer these variables in different groupings to help us strategize solutions.”

 

“Hunger Councils create opportunity for organizations and community leaders to bring their diverse perspectives to the table to address the issue of hunger in their communities.  The creative partnership that formed to develop this mapping tool is a prime example,” said Anore Horton, Executive Director of Hunger Free Vermont.”

 

The Vermont Department of Health, Green Mountain United Way, Downstreet Housing & Community Development, Vermont 2-1-1, and Hunger Free Vermont were instrumental in guiding the map’s development.  The Retail Food Access Map and its important contribution to GIS will be showcased at the SAG Award Virtual Conference in July 2020, and at ESRI’s award landing page – www.esri.com/sag-award.  The map is available at http://map.ccrpcvt.org/foodretailaccess/.

 

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) assists its 23 member municipalities in Washington and Orange Counties to provide effective local government and to work cooperatively to address regional issues.  We leverage the power of people working together to build healthy communities in Central Vermont.  Learn more at www.centralvtplanning.webventions.com.

 

The Hunger Councils of Vermont are groups of local, regional, and statewide leaders who come together regularly to address issues related to hunger in their communities. These groups share information, collaborate on projects, and help raise public awareness of the causes of hunger and how we can work together to end it in Vermont. Hunger Councils are led by members of the community, and supported by Hunger Free Vermont.  There are ten Hunger Councils covering the entire state of Vermont and the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire. The Hunger Council of Washington County was established in 2006.

 

Hunger Free Vermont is the statewide nonprofit organization that advocates and educates to bring a permanent end to hunger in Vermont through systemic change, universal strategies, and community collaboration.

 

ESRI is the global market leader in GIS (Geographic Informational Systems).  Its SAG Award recognizes organizations, like CVRPC, that use GIS to improve our world.  Visit www.esri.com for information.

 

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For Immediate Release – March 30, 2020

The Health Center, Plainfield Stormwater Mitigation

The Central Vermont Stormwater Master Plan for Barre Town, Barre City, and Plainfield was completed in 2018 and identified The Health Center in Plainfield as a priority. Before The Health Center was constructed, there was evidence of a gully which has since gotten deeper, wider, and longer. It sits between the existing stormwater pond and the Winooski River floodplain. The gully developed from a combination of stormwater runoff from Routes 214, Route 2 and other impervious surfaces in the neighborhood.  Despite the installation of a stormwater pond at the Health Center to treat impervious surfaces on that property, stormwater from the roads could still enter the gully area exacerbating the problem.  The Health Center received a conceptual design as part of the stormwater master planning process, and in February 2020, Milone and MacBroom, Inc. completed a final design for the site through an Ecosystem Restoration Program grant from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The final design proposed by Milone and MacBroom, Inc. includes re-grading a stormwater settling area below the existing detention pond, and adding a stone rip-rap filtering berm. Due to site constraints, Milone and MacBroom, Inc. decided to prioritize detention using the existing stormwater pond and use the settling area to slow the volume of stormwater entering the gully.  A stone rip-rap filtering berm will prevent the existing stormwater pipes from becoming backwatered. Gully stabilization has also been proposed and would utilize placement of on-site wood and other bio-engineering features to stabilize areas that are currently unstable, while maintaining those that have already stabilized. Native plantings are included in the design and would replace the invasive species already present in the gully.

Site constraints were important to consider for the final design creation, but also were important to consider for construction and operation and maintenance of the treatment. The landowner has granted access to the gully for construction and future maintenance. This access is located off of Route 2 and will minimize any disruption to the operations of The Health Center, avoid further landscaping costs, and prevent the removal of any trees for the purpose of access. It is important to recognize the collaboration and commitment between the Town, the Health Center, and the adjacent landowner, as their teamwork will result in the best outcome for water quality in the region.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues.  The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs.

For more information on the project, please visit www.centralvtplanning.webventions.com or contact:

Pam DeAndrea, Senior GIS Planner

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

deandrea@cvregion.com

Phone: (802) 229-0389

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 17, 2019

CONTACT:         Pam DeAndrea, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

deandrea@cvrpc.org, Office: (802) 229-0389

 

CENTRAL VERMONT REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION TO ASSIST STATE TACTICAL BASIN PLANNING

Montpelier, VT – The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) is pleased to announce expanded outreach and services to municipalities and the public to improve tactical basin planning efforts for the Ompompanoosuc-Stevens-Wells-Waits-Connecticut River Direct Tributaries (Basin 14) and overall water quality efforts.  The work is provided through a grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Activities began this fall and will extend through September 2020.

The Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) for Basin 14 is currently being updated by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). CVRPC staff will assist the DEC by facilitating enhanced municipal and public input during the drafting process so that the TBP accurately reflects local concerns and priorities. Basin Plans help provide the umbrella for other various planning initiatives, including Stormwater Master Planning and River Corridor Planning, and ultimately provide a vehicle to strategically address regional water quality priorities.  A formal draft of the TBP is anticipated to be released in July 2020. Tactical Basin Plans help identify and focus efforts needed to protect or restore specific watersheds through the state.

In addition, the CVRPC will also work with its member municipalities to encourage a variety of efforts to improve water quality. These efforts could include suggested improvements to zoning bylaws (such as river corridor bylaw considerations), assistance with securing funding for project development and implementation or helping towns comply with the upcoming Draft General Permit 3-9050, aka the “3-acre” developed lands permit.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues.  The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs.  For more information on CVRPC, please visit www.centralvtplanning.webventions.com.

PRESS RELEASE – December 4, 2019

CONTACTS – Pamela DeAndrea, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission deandrea@cvregion.com, (802) 223-0389

Steve MacKenzie City Manager, Barre City manager@barrecity.org, (802) 476-0241

Barre City has completed a stormwater mitigation project to stabilize a gully at the end of Pouliot Avenue. The project, originally identified through a stormwater assessment by Friends of the Winooski River and Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC, was funded by a Clean Water Block Grant, through the Clean Water Initiative Program, with local match provided by Barre City. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with Barre City, Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC, Civil Engineering Associates, and Avery Excavation, Inc. completed this stormwater mitigation project in early October, 2019. The project involved stabilization of a gully at the end of Pouliot Avenue. The severe erosion which occurred over time and caused this gully to develop was a significant source of sediment and phosphorus to the Stevens Branch and eventually Lake Champlain. The erosion was caused by stormwater runoff from both the outlet of Pouliot Avenue in Barre City and the surrounding hillside in Barre Town. The implementation of this project entailed removing debris accumulated within the gully. The gully was stabilized with stone gabions (blocks of wire baskets filled with stone), vegetated side slopes, retrofitted culvert, and stone stabilization around the culvert. Please contact Pamela DeAndrea or Steve MacKenzie with any questions. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues. The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs.


For Immediate Release

November 26, 2019

Northfield Water Street Stormwater Mitigation

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC), in partnership with the Town of Northfield, Watershed Consulting Associates (WCA), Aldrich & Elliot (A&E), and G&N Excavation has completed the a stormwater mitigation project on Water Street in Northfield, VT.

Through funding provided by the Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, the CVRPC retained WCA and A&E to complete a final design and to oversee construction at the site.  G&N Excavation of Fayston was also retained by CVRPC to install new stormwater pipes and catch basins along Union Brook Road and Water Street and to construct an underground infiltration chamber system.  The construction began in June and was completed in October of 2019 and the Town of Northfield assisted in construction of the project.

The concept of the project began in 2014 from the Northfield Village Stormwater Master Plan that identified stormwater treatment along the banks of the Dog River.  Subsequently, the Town acquired land across the street from the river via the FEMA buyout program where three houses were historically flooded, enabling the treatment of more stormwater within an underground system.   This infiltration system is completely underground and the finished land will now be green space for the Town.

Stormwater from nine acres of impervious surfaces that used to run down Union Brook Road and enter the Dog River from the surrounding neighborhood is now absorbed into this lot resulting in decrease in sediment and phosphorus loading.  This project ties into statewide efforts to reduce phosphorus loading to Lake Champlain, which results in algal blooms unhealthy to both aquatic species and humans.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues.  The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs.

For more information on the project, please visit www.centralvtplanning.webventions.com or contact:

Pam DeAndrea, Senior GIS Planner

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

deandrea@cvregion.com

Phone: (802) 229-0389

For Immediate Release

June 18, 2019

The Town of Berlin has completed a Final Design for a stormwater project to
improve drainage at the Berlin Town Offices and Town Garage site. The project,
originally identified in the Berlin 2017 Stormwater Master Plan, will include regrading,
revegetation, a filter strip, and a gravel wetland to treat stormwater at the site to help
protect nearby Pond Brook. Once implemented, these stormwater control measures will
reduce the impact of stormwater flow from this large impervious area making the area
more resilient to future flooding events and improve water quality of receiving waters.
Funding for this project was provided by the Clean Water Block Grant through the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program, with local match provided by the Town of Berlin.
Please contact Pamela DeAndrea or Dana Hadley with any questions.

CONTACT – Pamela DeAndrea, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
deandrea@cvregion.com, (802) 223-0389

Dana Hadley
Town Administrator, Town of Berlin
townadministrator@berlinvt.org, (802) 552-8801

May 13, 2019

Mad River and Kingsbury Branch Watersheds Stormwater Master Plans

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC), in partnership with the Friends of the Mad River (FMR) and Watershed Consulting Associates (WCA), has completed the process for Stormwater Master Planning for eight municipalities – five in the Mad River and three in the Kingsbury Branch watersheds. Stormwater runoff is rain and snow melt which runs off the land, carrying pollutants and eroded sediment into our waterways. Runoff decreases the quality of streams and lakes and contributes to flooding damages. Communities and landowners have the opportunity to reduce these negative impacts with “green stormwater infrastructure” that aims to manage runoff close to its source and using techniques that imitate natural hydrologic processes.

Through funding provided by the Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the CVRPC retained WCA to complete two Stormwater Master Plans (SWMPs): one for the Kingsbury Branch Watershed including chapters for the towns of Calais, East Montpelier and Woodbury; and one, with Friends of the Mad River, for the Mad River Watershed including chapters for the towns of Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston, and Duxbury. The CVRPC, WCA, and FMR team worked to engage municipal stakeholders for each town so that the results of the process were understood and the products were of local value. WCA created online story maps for each of the towns to provide information on stormwater, solutions to stormwater mitigation using green stormwater infrastructure, and results of the stormwater master planning process. The results include the top five priority sites for each of the eight municipalities, along with 30% engineering designs and artistic renderings for projects to address water quality and quantity issues at these sites. By completing the initial engineering designs for these priority sites, each municipality can focus on securing funds for final engineering designs and project implementation, which will help the state advance goals to reduce phosphorus loading in the Lake Champlain basin.

“Our Mad River Valley communities have been working together for four years through our Ridge to River coalition to keep our water clean and reduce our vulnerabilities to flooding, “ said Corrie Miller, Friends of the Mad River Director. “We’re excited to have these stormwater master plans be one important outcome of this work.”
The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues. The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs.

For more information on the project, please visit www.centralvtplanning.webventions.com or contact:
Pam DeAndrea, Senior GIS Planner
Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
deandrea@cvregion.com
Phone: (802) 229-0389


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2019

Contact:           Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director; Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

Email: waninger@cvregion.com | Phone:  802-229-0389

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission to change monthly meeting time

 

Beginning in April, the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission’s Board of Commissioners meetings will change from the 7:00 pm start time to a 6:30 pm start time.  Meetings will continue to be held at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce on Paine Turnpike in Berlin, VT.  The public is always welcome at our meetings.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is a consortium of 23 towns and cities in Washington County and western Orange County.  The Commission provides planning, development, and project implementation assistance to communities.  All municipalities in the region are entitled to equal voting representation by a locally appointed member to the governing Board of Commissioners.

CVRPC projects & programs include:  Municipal plan and bylaw updates; brownfields assessments; transportation planning; emergency planning; energy conservation and development planning and projects; natural resources planning and projects; regional plan coordination and development; Geographic Information System services; grant writing and management; as well as such special projects as downtown revitalization, recreation paths, farmland preservation, economic development, and affordable housing projects.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm. 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                           

Contact:               Clare Rock, Senior Planner

(802) 229-0389 | rock@cvregion.com

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

Date:                      March 14, 2019

Decreasing flooding, caring for woodlands and free pancakes!

Water Wise Woodlands hosts Caring for you Woods Pancake Breakfast March 30, 2019

Montpelier, VT – On March 7, 2019 the National Weather Service issued its fifth Vermont flood outlook for the 2019 winter/spring season, in short the threat for flooding due to runoff from snowmelt and rainfall is above normal in our region. Vermont is no stranger to the damaging effects of flooding. Many residents of Central Vermont remember the devastating flooding which hit Montpelier in March 1992. And even more recently in 2011. Water Wise Woodlands wants to assist rural landowners in Plainfield, Marshfield and Cabot decrease potential property damages caused by flooding. A free pancake breakfast will be held on March 30, 2019 in Marshfield, foresters will discuss how woodland property owners can care for their woods and decrease flood damages, encourage wildlife, and protect water resources.

The Winooski River valley has experienced several devastating floods though out time. Heading up stream from Plainfield, though Marshfield, the river can be traced back to its source in Cabot. Up in the headwaters small tributaries feed into the main stem. During heavy rain events all these small streams collectively contribute to rising floodwaters downstream. Maintaining trees and woods along all the small tributaries can have a cumulative impact, decreasing overall the amount and force of floodwater.

The connection between forests and flooding may not be initially obvious, but forests and woodlands play a key role in absorbing rainfall and melting snow. Forested areas along streams and rivers can help trap and catch debris which would otherwise block bridges and culverts downstream, and root systems can stabilize banks and prevent or decrease erosion. Whether you have 5 or 500 acres of woodland, property owners can help prevent flood damage and produce one of Vermont’s most important forest products, clean water.

Water Wise Woodlands will be hosting a free Pancake Breakfast on March 30, 2019, from 9 am to 1 pm at Twinfield Union School in Marshfield. Professional foresters and other experts will be on hand to share information about how to care for your woodland, wildlife and protect water resources. Breakfast will be followed by a brief presentation and hands on workshops. Participants can choose to participate in a pruning workshop, a tree identification walk, or learn about the first steps of developing a stewardship or management plan for their property.

Water Wise Woodlands is a partnership project between the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, Friends of the Winooski River and the Vermont Woodlands Association; with funding from the High Meadows Fund.


For Immediate Release                                            January 10, 2019

 

Contact

Dan Albrecht, Senior Planner Pamela DeAndrea
Chittenden County Regional PlanningCommission Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
dalbrecht@ccrpcvt.org or 861-0133 deandrea@cvregion.com or 229-0389
   
Gianna Petito, District ManagerWinooski Natural Resources Conservation District
gianna@winooskinrcd.org or 778-3178

Partners Collaborating on Winooski River Water Quality Efforts

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC), and the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (WNRCD) are pleased to announce expanded outreach and services to landowners, municipalities and the public in support of the Vermont Clean Water Act (VCWA) and improved tactical basin planning efforts for Basin 8, the Winooski River Basin and Basin 9, the White River Basin.  The work is provided through two grants provided by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Activities began in late 2018 and will extend through the fall of 2019.

The CCRPC and the CVRPC will work with their member municipalities on programs such as improved zoning bylaws and stormwater master plans to improve water quality and incorporating municipal priorities into the Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan and the White River Tactical Basin Plan (CVRPC only).  Other activities that both planning commissions will do as part of this project include general municipal outreach for Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation water quality policies and permit programs, Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan and the White River Tactical Basin Plan (CVRPC only) development and development of municipal water quality improvement projects.

The WNRCD will be responding to municipal and landowner requests for technical assistance in developing and implementing stormwater and natural resource solutions that promote clean water and improved aquatic habitat. WNRCD will also coordinate monitoring programs to support science-based water quality investments, organize local workgroups, and develop priority water quality projects among other services.  As part of this body of work, Conservation Districts and Regional Planning Commissions will be closely coordinating activities to provide complementary support for the State’s Tactical Basin Planning process.

Tactical Basin Plans help identify and focus efforts needed to protect or restore specific watersheds through the state.  The partners will be focused primarily on implementation of projects outlined in the Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan and the White River Tactical Basin Plan (CVRPC only) this year, working to identify priorities, document progress and conduct outreach necessary to develop priority projects and garner greater local support and awareness of the Basin Plan’s goals.  Local identified water quality priorities in Tactical Basin Plans are well positioned for development and funding via the State’s Clean Water Initiative.  Basin Plans help provide the umbrella for other various planning initiatives, including Stormwater Master Plans and River Corridor Plans, and ultimately provide a vehicle to strategically address regional water quality priorities such as the Lake Champlain Total Maximum Daily Load.

The CCRPC provides planning and technical assistance in the areas of community development, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, housing, economic development, telecommunications and emergency management to the 19 municipalities of Chittenden County and to the public, while remaining consistent with federal and state requirements. The collaboration between the CCRPC, Chittenden County municipalities and other related resources agencies results in the developmentand implementation of plans that support sustainable development and improve the region’s environment and quality of life. For more information about the CCRPC, please visitwww.ccrpcvt.org.

The CVRPC assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues.  The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs.

For more information on the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, please visit: www.centralvtplanning.webventions.com

The Winooski NRCD is one of 14 conservation districts throughout Vermont. It encompasses all of Chittenden and Washington County as well as parts of Orange County (Orange, Williamstown and Washington). The district relies on grants and individual donations to complete its conservation work. The WNRCD focuses its resources on completing conservation projects based in solid science to provide solutions within the areas of agricultural assistance, forestland enhancement, urban conservation and watershed stewardship. For more information on the Winooski NRCD please visit: www.winooskinrcd.org