NEWS RELEASE — Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
Feb. 14, 2013
Contact: Dan Albrecht
Winooski, VT – The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) is pleased to announce that it has secured a Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (VANR) Clean Water Act Section 604(b) grant to aid local communities in restoring Centennial Brook. Located mostly in Burlington and South Burlington, the Brook’s watershed is 887 acres in size and consists of 71% developed land, 4% open land and 25% forest.
At the request of a partnership of the cities of Burlington and South Burlington along with the University of Vermont and the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the CCRPC secured a $3,600 grant from VANR to aid in administering a contract with an engineering firm to develop a Flow Restoration Plan for Centennial Brook. The Brook is listed as “impaired” due to excess stormwater runoff and erosion from land development. The Plan is required as part of newly-issued permit from VANR governing municipalities and entities subject to a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4s) required under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The two cities, the University and the Agency are all MS4 permitees. The grant will also enable an investigation of the stormwater-related flow reduction value of “green infrastructure strategies” such as rain gardens, green roofs, vegetated swales, porous pavement and other techniques. With separate funding of approximately $91,000 provided by the four MS4 permitees, the CCRPC recently hired the team of the Horsley Witten Group of Sandwich, MA and Trudell Consulting Engineers of Williston, VT to develop the Flow Restoration Plan. The draft Plan is expected to be submitted to VANR in the spring.
The Chittenden County RPC provides planning and technical assistance in the areas of Community Development, Transportation, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Housing, Economic Development, Telecommunications and Emergency Management to the County’s 19 municipalities and the public. Its collaboration with municipalities and resource agencies results in the development and implementation of plans that support sustainable development and improve the region’s quality of life and environment. The CCRPC’s organizational vision is to be a pre-eminent, integrated regional organization that plans for healthy, vibrant communities, economic development, and efficient transportation of people and goods while improving the region’s livability. For more information on the CCRPC, please visit www.ccrpcvt.org.