Year 2 of a pilot project that provides one-time financial rebates to property owners who install stormwater measures on their properties will begin in 2020. This project is still under development, but general information about Year 1 is available if you visit the project page.
Right: A property who has successfully received BLUE certification.
Shore Acres / Cedar Ridge Stormwater Improvements
Funded through a combination of utility funds and grants, this project will include three phases: preliminary design, final design, and construction. Preliminary designs are expected to be completed by summer 2020. The improvements will remove phosphorus and other pollutants from stormwater that enters Lake Champlain via the Moorings Stream. The projects were identified as part of the Malletts Bay Scoping Project. In total, this project has an expected cost of $370,000 and with final plans expected to be complete in late 2021, is expected to move to construction in early 2022.
Left: The lack of roadside ditches in the Shore Acres neighborhood causes ponding and other property impacts.
Phosphorus Control Planning
The stormwater utility was awarded $40,000 to design a Phosphorus Control Plan for town properties. This is a requirement of the new MS4 permit that the town would need to fund. This grant will help us plan water quality improvements for Town properties and is expected to be completed by April 2021. These funds are from the State's Municipal Highway and Stormwater Mitigation Program.
Town-wide Conditions Assessment
The Town owns approximately 21 miles of underground piping, with sections designed and installed at different times and to different building standards. As these pipes are located below a roadway, significant roadway and property damage can result from failures. Utility staff are preparing to complete zoom camera inspections of all public stormwater infrastructure in order to determine the structural condition of each pipe in the Town's system. This project will help the Town identify and prioritize future stormwater projects.
Phase 1 of this project was completed in summer 2019 with the assistance of a $160,000 grant from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Phase 2 of the project, which will involve performing system maintenance, completing camera inspections of the entire stormwater system, and finalizing a long term capital investment plan, is under design and expected to begin in late 2020.
Above: an example of how zoom camera technology works.