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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking input on proposed phosphorus cleanup plan for Lake Memphremagog

 

On Tuesday November 15th from 2:00 to 3:30 at the East Side Restaurant, 47 Landing St in Newport, The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will be seeking input on proposed phosphorus cleanup plan for Lake Memphremagog that will be the basis of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

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Phosphorus levels in the Vermont portion of Lake Memphremagog are above the water quality standard and contribute to cyanobacteria blooms as well as excessive plant and algae growth that limits the quality of the lake for recreational use.  Modeling of phosphorus runoff from the Lake Memphremagog watershed estimates that much of the phosphorus load is coming from agricultural lands (45%), developed lands  which contribute 23%, with an additional 20% from stream channel instability and 12% from natural sources.  Modeling also estimates that loading from these sources needs to be reduced by 29% for the lake to meet its water quality standards.

 

At this meeting proposed phosphorus reduction targets for each of these land use sectors will be presented along with control strategies including regulatory programs, technical and financial resources that are needed to support municipalities, individuals, farmers in meeting these loading reduction targets.  Attached is a summary of the TMDL proposal that will be discussed at this meeting.

 

Ahead of the TMDL meeting from 1:30 to 2:00 at the same location, the Memphremagog Watershed Association will present the results of a stormwater master planning study for the Lake Memphremagog Watershed that has identified several projects to reduce stormwater runoff in the watershed including the towns of Barton, Orleans, Derby and the City of Newport.  These projects will be  priorities for future grants to reduce phosphorus loading to Lake Memphremagog.

 

For more information on TMLD, phosperus levels, the water shed and  how it all impacts the health of  Lake Memphremagog, click on the link below.

Lake Memphremagog TMLD Proposal Summary – Water Quality Challenges

Memphremagog Watershed Association Annual Meeting 2016

Take the “P” out of our Watershed!

Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA) will be holding its Annual Meeting on June 22 at 7:00 PM in Room 250 of the Hebard Building, Main Street Newport.  MWA’s 2016 theme is ‘Take the “P” out of our watershed’ or the reducing the phosphorous (P) being introduced into the Memphremagog Watershed and ultimately into our Lakes.  In keeping with this theme the keynote speaker for our meeting will be Farley Brown of Sterling College.  Ms. Brown will discuss the history of farming in our watershed and its impacts past, present, and future.  Ms. Brown is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker who has had a connection to the land since she was young, through her family business, the Farley Lumber Company, and exploring the woods in the suburbs of New Jersey. “I have always questioned how we make land use decisions and who gets to make those decisions. Most importantly, how can we become the best stewards of the land?” Her passion for the land led her into the nonprofit field where she served as the executive director of both Vermont Woodlands Association and Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife for several decades. She has worked with landowners, logger, and legislators throughout Vermont helping to protect the working landscape and wildlife habitat. She has witnessed the growth of the land conservation movement in Vermont over the past 25 years. Farley started teaching ecology at Sterling College and several state colleges in 1989 as an adjunct faculty member and came to Sterling full time in 2006.  Come and enjoy an evening discovering our landscape and how its uses can enhance us all.

Brief reports on MWA’s current activities and partnering’s will also be presented.  Following Ms. Brown’s presentation light refreshments will be served allowing for informal discussion with the speaker and among the audience.  A business meeting for MWA members will close the evening.

River Cleanup on the Black River on September 12

Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA) and Craftsbury Conservation

Commission (CCC) are cosponsoring a special river cleanup event as their

participation in Vermont River Cleanup Month.  September is Vermont River

Cleanup Month, when groups throughout the State will pitch in to haul trash from

shorelines and riverbeds.  This statewide effort is being coordinated by

Watersheds United Vermont, a network of local watershed groups. Sponsors for

this statewide effort are WaterWheel Foundation and Keurig Green Mountain,

Inc.  More information about events statewide is available at

www.watershedunited.org/vtrivercleanup

MWA’s and CCC’s cleanup will tackle an old dump site on the banks of the Black

river just south of the Albany, VT town line.  Vermont’s Department of Fish and

Wildlife owns a narrow strip of shoreline in this location.  It is a steep site

containing a legacy of trash, including sofas and appliances.  River paddlers as well

as wildlife will appreciate a restored natural river bank.  The site can be accessed

from a dirt road approximately 0.5 mile south of the Albany/Craftsbury town line

off of VT Route 14.  Parking will be at the top of a short hill.  Those wishing to

access the site via the River can put in from the Bridge on Tanner Road,

approximately 1 mile south of the Albany/Craftsbury town line, paddle north to

the dump site on the steep west bank

The Cleanup is scheduled for September 12 from 9:00 AM until Noon but could

continue into the afternoon if volunteers are available.  Equipment needed is a

willing spirit to help the River – gloves, sturdy shoes, old clothes, and bug

repellant.  Garbage bags, and a dumpster will be provided on site.

For additional information contact MWA at

memphremagogwatershed@gmail.com , telephone 802-334-2444 or our

Facebook page or website www.memphremagogwatershedassociation.com.

Vermont River Cleanup on the Black River on September 12

Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA) and Craftsbury Conservation Commission (CCC) are cosponsoring a special river cleanup event as their participation in Vermont River Cleanup Month.  September is Vermont River Cleanup Month, when groups throughout the State will pitch in to haul trash from shorelines and riverbeds.  This statewide effort is being coordinated by Watersheds United Vermont, a network of local watershed groups. Sponsors for this statewide effort are WaterWheel Foundation and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.  More information about events statewide is available atwww.watershedunited.org/vtrivercleanup

MWA’s and CCC’s cleanup will tackle an old dump site on the banks of the Black river just south of the Albany, VT town line.  Vermont’s Department of Fish and Wildlife owns a narrow strip of shoreline in this location.  It is a steep site containing a legacy of trash, including sofas and appliances.  River paddlers as well as wildlife will appreciate a restored natural river bank.  The site can be accessed from a dirt road approximately 0.5 mile south of the Albany/Craftsbury town line off of VT Route 14.  Parking will be at the top of a short hill.  Those wishing to access the site via the River can put in from the Bridge on Tanner Road, approximately 1 mile south of the Albany/Craftsbury town line, paddle north to the dump site on the steep west bank. The Cleanup is scheduled for September 12 from 9:00 AM until Noon but could continue into the afternoon if volunteers are available.  Equipment needed is a willing spirit to help the River – gloves, sturdy shoes, old clothes, and bug repellant.  Garbage bags, and a dumpster will be provided on site.For additional information contact MWA at memphremagogwatershed@gmail.com , telephone 802-334-2444 or our Facebook page or website www.memphremagogwatershedassociation.com.

MWA Spring 2014 Newsletter

River Moon Farm South 20120524 LRThe MWA’s Spring 2014 Newsletter is here.   Join us this year in connecting with your watershed.  Our Annual Meeting on June 24 features keynote speaker Ethan Swift  of the VT Department of Environmental Conservation and we’ll be viewing unique locations in the watershed with canoe and kayak events with local ecologists. Click the link below to view!

MWA Spring 2014 Newsletter