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Draft Watershed Plan for Batten Kill, Walloomsac, and Hoosic Rivers

The Draft Water Quality Management Plan for the Batten Kill, Walloomsac, and Hoosic Rivers (tributaries to the Hudson River in New York) has been developed to protect and restore surface waters in these watersheds. The Batten Kill, Walloomsac, and Hoosic Rivers are significant source waters for the upper Hudson River. High elevation surface waters impaired due to acidity and elevated levels of sediment and nutrients also are reviewed in the plan as well as erosion hazard risks, invasive species, thermal modifications, and other concerns.

The Tactical Plan actions are intended to protect, maintain, and improve surface waters by managing the activities that result in surface water stressors. These actions strategically target specific surface waters where their implementation would most cost-effectively benefit water quality and aquatic habitat. Protection and restoration strategies along the main river corridors are integrated with water quality and aquatic habitat assessments along certain tributary streams. Implementation actions will initially place significant emphasis on flood resiliency work related to restoration efforts necessitated by Tropical Storm Irene.

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has worked with the US Forest Service, the Bennington County Regional Commission, the Bennington County Conservation District, watershed organizations such as the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance and the Hoosic River Watershed Association, and individual citizens in developing this draft.

Copies of the draft plan and supporting documents may be obtained at: www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/planning/htm/pl_battenkill.htm or by requesting a copy from Ethan Swift by email at ethan.swift@vermont.gov or by calling (802)786-2503.