Vermont DEC meetings focus on Passumpsic River Basin

June 15, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a series of public meetings this month focusing on the Passumpsic River Basin.

Watershed Planner Ben Copans said the agency will summarize work planned for the basin’s lakes, ponds, rivers and wetlands. He said the agency wants the public’s help in reviewing the draft plan.

The basin comprising 507 square miles encompasses parts of Caledonia, Essex, Orleans and Washington counties. Most waters are in excellent condition but several lakes and streams have elevated levels of nutrients like phosphorus or E. coli.

The draft plan is a result of collaboration with local, state, federal and non-profit partners including the Burke Conservation Commission, the Northeast Vermont Development Association and Caledonia County Natural Resources Conservation District.

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