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Springfield Evaluating Town-wide Stormwater Management Solutions

The Town of Springfield and the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) are evaluating opportunities to improve stormwater management throughout Springfield in an effort to reduce flood risks and mitigate pollution in the Black River.
In 2019, the SWCRPC received three grants through the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) to support this work. These efforts resulted in a town-wide stormwater master plan, in which 52 potential projects were identified to improve stormwater management throughout town. Conceptual engineering designs were developed for the top eight prioritized sites.

Engineering designs were also developed for additional stormwater management and treatment infrastructure along Lincoln Street. The intent is to route stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces away from a large slope failure in an effort to mitigate further erosion. As a secondary benefit, the runoff will be routed to a surface treatment feature to reduce pollution in Mile Brook. Construction is expected to commence this summer.

In addition, stormwater management infrastructure was implemented at the site of the future Comtu Falls Park along Main Street. This infrastructure will help infiltrate stormwater runoff from the Park to reduce flood elevations during and immediately following heavy rain and snow-melt events. Stormwater will also be treated to mitigate pollution in the Black River.

For more information contact Chris Yurek.

Notice of Public Hearing

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) invites the public to attend two public hearings starting at 12 noon on January 27, 2020 in Martin Memorial Hall located at 5259 US Route 5 in Ascutney, Vermont.

The first hearing is scheduled to encourage the public to provide input on Springfield’s Amended Town Plan.  The plan is available for review on the SWCRPC’s website.  The Town of Springfield is seeking a certification from the SWCRPC that its plan complies with energy planning requirements set forth in statute [24 V.S.A. §4352].

The second hearing will occur directly following the first hearing.  The second hearing is scheduled to encourage the public to provide input on Windsor’s Town Plan.  The plan is available for review on the SWCRPC’s website.   The Town of Windsor is seeking approval of their Town Plan and confirmation of their planning process in accordance with 24 V.S.A. §4350.  The Town of Windsor is also seeking a certification from the SWCRPC that its plan complies with energy planning requirements set forth in statute [24 V.S.A. §4352].

The public is encouraged to submit written comments regarding these requests to the SWCRPC via email at ctitus@swcrpc.org.  Please include Springfield’s Town Plan Comments or Windsor’s Town Plan Comments in the subject line.

2019 Design/Implementation Block Grant Request for Applications due January 30th

We are pleased to announce a second Request for Applications for the 2019 Design/Implementation Block Grant.  These funds are to be used to support design and/or construction of projects that reduce sediment/nutrient pollution in surfaces waters. No match is required under this program with the exception of MS4 stormwater projects. Applications are due on January 30, 2020 at 4:30p.m.  Click here for more information or to obtain an application. All documents related to this application can be found on the Design/Implementation Block Grant page.

The SWCRPC Has Office Space for Rent!

For additional information or to arrange a viewing, contact us at 802-674-9201 and ask to speak with Chris Titus.

Stormwater Concept Designs Completed in Springfield

In early 2019, the Town of Springfield, the Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) of Southeastern Vermont, and the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) partnered to develop conceptual designs for stormwater infrastructure along Lincoln Street.

The existing on-site stormwater infrastructure does not sufficiently capture stormwater runoff, leading to large volumes of runoff flowing at high velocities in a concentrated manner. This condition has been a catalyst for the formation of a massive and highly active bank failure between Lincoln Street and Valley Street. The goal of this project was to develop conceptual designs to divert runoff away from the bank failure and to a retention feature on the HCRS property. Once constructed, this will slow or halt the bank erosion that is currently threatening the HCRS parking lot. This project will also improve water quality by eliminating excess sediment and nutrient inputs to the stream below. The Project Team anticipates completing construction ready engineering designs prior to the end of calendar year 2019 ahead of 2020 construction.

Funding for this project phase was provided by a grant through the VT Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP), as well as cash contributions from the Town of Springfield and HCRS.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Yurek at 802-674-9201 or via email at cyurek@swcrpc.org.

Large In-stream Culvert Replaced on Baltimore Road in Weathersfield

During the summer and fall of 2018, the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) partnered with the Town of Weathersfield to replace an undersized, Irene damaged culvert conveying a stream under Baltimore Road. Replacing this crossing with a structure of adequate size will make Baltimore Road more resilient to future flooding events. It will also reduce recurring maintenance costs to the Town and improve water quality and stream stability. Funding for this project was provided by a grant through the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program, with local match provided by the Town of Weathersfield.

Please contact Ed Morris or Chris Yurek with any questions.

SWCRPC Awarded VT ANR Funding to Assist with Surface Water Reclassification Efforts

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) has received funding from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (VT ANR) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), passed through the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) to assist with water quality planning efforts. Specifically, the SWCRPC will work with the State’s basin planner and the Town of Springfield to explore potential surface water reclassification.

Please contact Chris Yurek or 802-674-9201 with any questions.