From the Director, May 2016 - WRC Continues Outreach to NRC, Host Communities on Decommissioning Policy
The WRC has continued to reach out to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to proactively and substantively include host communities in its nuclear plant decommissioning policy rulemaking, and we’ve continued to reach out to our counterparts throughout the nation about the importance of engagement in this rulemaking and the need to plan for the eventual closure of power stations.
Windham Regional Commission Receives $400,000 in Brownfields Assessment Funds
At an event on Friday, May 20th, at a former brownfield site in Burlington, Vermont, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced that Windham Regional Commission will receive $400,000 in funding to continue its successful Brownfields Assessment program. This announcement was made as part of the national announcement of the selection of 218 new grant investments totaling $55.2 million to 131 communities across the U.S. Recipients will receive Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup grants.
Route 30 Brattleboro Multi-Modal Gateway Local Concerns Meeting Planned
A local concerns meeting regarding a section of Route 30 in Brattleboro will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 6 p.m. in the Selectboard Meeting Room, 2nd Floor Brattleboro Municipal Center, 230 Main St. The Town of Brattleboro and the Windham Regional Commission (WRC), in cooperation with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), are conducting a Multi Modal Gateway Plan along VT Route 30 from the Brattleboro Retreat campus to the Saxtons River Distillery site for a total of approximately 1.6 miles. PlaceSense, Windsor, VT, was the selected Consultant for this project.
Sale of TransCanada Hydropower Facilities on the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers, updated 4/29
When TransCanada announced its intent to sell its holdings in New England, including its holdings on the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers, we understood this was an important issue for 12 of our 27 towns where TransCanada owns property and has flowage rights: Brattleboro, Dummerston, Putney, Readsboro, Rockingham, Searsburg, Somerset, Stratton, Westminster, Whitingham, Wilmington and Vernon.
WRC Releases Region-wide maps of Undeveloped Waters
The Windham Regional Commission has released a set of maps showing the status of undeveloped streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds across the entire Windham Region. These maps are culmination of work over the past five years, and bring together the results of three separate projects to identify undeveloped waters in the Region and classify them as to their conservation status and town plan land use district.
Parcel Data Updates Available for Region Towns
Towns in the Windham Region continue to update their parcel data, and WRC has been collecting that data to make it available to the public. With more towns updating their parcel data and tax maps on a regular basis, residents, professionals, and local and state officials have better access to information they need to live and work.
MOOver's Ribbon Cutting for Its New Home!
The MOOver division of Southeast Vermont Transit (formerly Deerfield Valley Transit Association) marked the grand opening of the new transportation facility on November 17, 2015. The Wilmington facility opened in stages, with the final landscaping, paving, and site work completed in late October. The last section of the Riverwalk connecting downtown Wilmington to Lake Whitingham on the MOOver's property was completed October 29th as part of this project.
Guilford Apartments Wins National Award at EPA Brownfields Conference!
The Phoenix Awards Institute, Inc. presented Algiers Village Housing, a 17-unit affordable housing development in Guilford, with an award for outstanding achievement in the redevelopment of a Brownfield site. The award was presented on September 3 in Chicago as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's major national Brownfields conference on environmental revitalization and economic development.
Governor Speaks at WRC's 50 Year Celebration
On Tuesday, June 23rd the WRC celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gathering of current and past Commissioners and staff, elected officials, state agencies, and many other friends overlooking the Connecticut River Valley from the vantage point of the School for International Training in Dummerston. The warm and humid evening didn't dampen the energy among the approximately 150 people in attendance, and the threatening storms skirted north and south of the gathering.
"Get to Know the WRC" Video Unveiled at 50th Anniversary Celebration
An epic cinematic debut! Get to know the Windham Regional Commission. We unveiled this 5 minute video at our 50th anniversary celebration. Please share it. Thank you to Mondo Mediaworks for their great job on this video, and to the Windham Foundation for underwriting the effort.