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In an ongoing effort to support the most vital water quality projects in the region, the Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC) is currently assisting the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation in cataloging water quality data and updating the status of assessed projects in the Otter Creek Watershed. This work will help the state maintain its Watersheds Projects Database and help meet the Vermont Clean Water Act’s goal of reducing phosphorous and other nutrients from getting into the region’s waterways.

Over in the western part of the Rutland Region, RRPC is assisting the Town of West Haven in potentially elevating Ward Marsh from a Class 2 to a Class 1 Wetland. The 165-acre Ward Marsh is located in the southwestern corner of the Town in what’s known as the “Elbow.” There are just nine wetlands across Vermont that are classified as Class 1. They are considered exceptional and irreplaceable and provide unmatched environmental functions and public access. Ward Marsh meets all ten of the State’s criteria for Class 1 status including flood/storm storage, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, exemplary natural community, and open space. Class 1 Wetlands also warrant a high level of protection and the buffer around Ward Marsh would expand from 50 feet to 100 feet.

Funding for this work comes from federal Clean Water Act funds administered by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

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In an ongoing effort to support the most vital water quality projects in the region, the Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC) is currently assisting the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation in cataloging water quality data and updating the status of assessed projects in the Otter Creek Watershed. This work will help the state maintain its Watersheds Projects Database and help meet the Vermont Clean Water Act’s goal of reducing phosphorous and other nutrients from getting into the region’s waterways.

Over in the western part of the Rutland Region, RRPC is assisting the Town of West Haven in potentially elevating Ward Marsh from a Class 2 to a Class 1 Wetland. The 165-acre Ward Marsh is located in the southwestern corner of the Town in what’s known as the “Elbow.” There are just nine wetlands across Vermont that are classified as Class 1. They are considered exceptional and irreplaceable and provide unmatched environmental functions and public access. Ward Marsh meets all ten of the State’s criteria for Class 1 status including flood/storm storage, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, exemplary natural community, and open space. Class 1 Wetlands also warrant a high level of protection and the buffer around Ward Marsh would expand from 50 feet to 100 feet.

Funding for this work comes from federal Clean Water Act funds administered by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

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