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Lake Carmi Watershed Projects In Progress or Planned by Partners
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Sources for projects include the Agency of Natural Resources Lake Carmi Phosphorus TMDL Action Plan, Missisquoi Bay Tactical Basin Plan, NRCS Pike River Strategic Watershed Plan. For additional background information, please see: Restoring Lake Carmi Factsheet and the Lake Carmi TMDL FAQ at at the DEC Restoring Lake Carmi Webpage: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/cwi/restoring/carmi. Additional resources for addressing phophorus loading to Lake Carmi include State and federal regulations and technical and financial resources that are described in the Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL Implementaiton Plan (http://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wsm/erp/docs/160915_Phase_1_Implementation_Plan_Final.pdf)Color Key for responsible partyFranklin Watershed Committee (FWC)VT Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (AAFM)ROADS - State, Town or privateUSDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
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StatusProject NameProject TypeProject DescriptionSource Lead PartnerSupporting partnersFunding sourceDEC NotesFWC Notes
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On goingLake Carmi Tributaries volunteer water quality sampling programAssessment Continue to support and consider adopting sampling site recommendations as shown in Gerhardt study (remove 5 sites, add 4 )Fritz Gerhardt recommendations(http://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/documents/WSMD_MAPP_Phosphorus%20Levels%20in%20Six%20Tributaries%20of%20Missisquoi%20Bay_2015.pdf) TMDL Action#18FWCDECDEC LaRosa partnershipOngoing by FWC. and AmeriCorps member and coordinator when available, April - October. Fritz' recommendations have not been adopted yet
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On goingLake Carmi Lay Monitoring ProgramAssessmentContinue to support ( see results at: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/data-maps/scorecardDECFWCDECDECFWC continuing lake sampling beginning end May to October. Fritz Gerhardt has contract to summarize 2017 data
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Action requiredDetermining phosphorus loading from lake sediments (internal loading)Assessment Study internal loading – lake bottom coring: Lcarmi TMDL Action#1BDECFWCFWC interested in contracting with UVM to do this study
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Action requiredStream Geomorphic AssessmentsAssessmentComplete Stream geomorphic assessments on all streams either full or lite version to identify projectsLcarmi TMDL Action#7 & 8DEC, VolunteersFWCERP, DECMarsh Brook, Dewing, Hammond north have assessment info. Remaining streams are small. Karen and Staci will continue to review/discuss needs for geomorphic assessments with FWCFWC INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR ERP GRANT OR WATERSHED (CON PLATE) GRANT TO COMPLETE
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Action requiredRiparian PlantingsRiparian plantingsConsider Marsh Brook below State Park Road, above Towle Neighborhood Road (in addition to plantings already completed under CREP); Alder Run. Lcarmi TMDL Action#9FWCERPKaren Bates discussed with FWC to Franklin NRCD would be interested in assisting. Need to figure out landowner interestThe Franklin Natural Resource Conservation District would be interested in assisting with outreach and planting. Unless willing landowners are identified first, LCBP education/Outreach may be a suitable grant.
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on-goingImplementation of NRCS watershed plan for Pike agriculture BMPProviding funding priorities for field practices in the Pike river watershed and education and outreach to agriculture NRCS https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/PA_NRCSConsumption/download?cid=nrcseprd1257452&ext=pdf Lcarmi TMDL #12NRCSAAFM, UVM ExtensionUSDADavid Blodgett, NRCS is contact. BMPs implemented todate through NRCS, presented to Implementation team, including FWC and LCCA Summer 2016. Handout developed
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Action requiredWastewater Feasibility Study followupWastewaterDetermine interest in using study to identify additional strategies including development of a community wastewater systemLCarmi TMDL action#2
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LCCA, DEC staff
Possible idea: Use of Fire Districts to fund community waster water treament facilities if pursued. Limited studies to identify impact from inadequate wastewater treatment to date. None show contamination to lake.
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On goingSeptic SocialWastewaterOffer Septic Socials once a year to provide information to landowners about effective wastewater treatment systemsLcarmi TMDL Action#2FWCLCCA, DEC staffDEC staffNot well attended 2016. Plan for 2018 with partner
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On goingSeptic Tank pumpoutsWastewaterOffer discounts on pumpoutsLcarmi TMDL Action#3FWCLake Champlain Basin Program, DEC watershed grants, Supported by FWC. Obtain update - how many were subsidized last year, and how many we can offer this year?
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On goingWater reduction practicesWastewaterProvide devices to reduce use of waterLcarmi TMDL Action#3FWCLCCA, DEC staffLake Champlain Basin Program, DEC watershed grants, FWC - in past, have offered low-flow faucet, showerhead, toilet raffle at events. Need update
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Plan completed; implementation ongoingFranklin Stormwater Master Plan (FSMP) implementation (see specific projects below)StormwaterStormwater master plan implementation for Pike River and Lake Carmi watershedsFranklin stormwater master plan LCarmi TMDL Action#4FWCTownERP, BBRPlan completed (see individual projects below)
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Action requiredFSMP: LC-05 (Middle Rd., 1/2 mile west of Gallup Rd)Erosion Culvert outlet is perched two feet above the current streambed. Stream banks immediately downstream are actively eroding. Nearby ditches are narrow and incising. Franklin stormwater master planTownVTRans BBR10/12/17 - Town clerk said it could be good project. Based on aerial photography, drainage may not connect to Alder Run or other direct drainage to lake. Would only be priority if there is hydrological connection. Need permission to walk private propertyNeed to check if and how stream connects to Alder Brook
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Action requiredFSMP: LC-06 (N. Sheldon Rd., 1/2 mile south of Riley Rd)
Infrastructure
Culvert is too short for the current road width. Bank above culvert outlet is very steep and has collapsed over the opening. Pavement surface above the outlet is beginning to collapseFranklin stormwater master planVTransVTRans BBR12/5/17 - site visit with VTrans. Wait for report
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Action requiredFSMP: LC-08 (State Park Rd, 350 ft south of intersection with Dewing Rd)
Infrastructure
Sinkhole in the road shoulder has formed above the upstream end of culvert; rocks have been installed in an effort to stablize the scour pool at downstream end of culvert.Franklin stormwater master planVTransVTRans BBR12/5/17 - site visit with VTrans. Wait for report. Sink hole fixed. 1/23/18 - undersized culverts here may have resulted in sediment at mouth of Dewing/Kane Brooks when stream flowed over State Park Road
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Action requiredFSMP: LC-09 (State Park Rd)Erosion Logging road and landing on the east side of State Park Rd, ~500 ft north of Kennison Rd, has not been properly closed out and is actively eroding. Undersized culvert used to convey existing roadside drainage under access. Franklin stormwater master planVTransVTRans BBRSite has revegetated. If further erosion seen, check with landowner. Continue to discuss available resources with county forester
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Action requiredFSMP: LC-10 (State Park Rd)erosion Recent ditching along State Park Rd in from of #3306 and across from the entrance to the park is actively failing Franklin stormwater master planVTransVTRans BBR12/5/17 - site visit with VTrans. Wait for report
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On goingLake Wise ImplementationShorelinereview, prioritize and implement projects proposed through lakewise evaluations. Lcarmi TMDL Action #4DECFWCERPOver 10% of lake shore residents (206? camps) have shown interest. Just less than 10% have had assessment completed. To date, 11 camps have Lake Wise certification. FWC has submitted reports for work to date.
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On goingLake Wise ImplementationShorelineContinue to scope for demonstration projectsLcarmi TMDL Action#5DECFWCERPsupport continuation, but will need further funding for more Lake Wise evaluations and project support.
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On goingLake Wise EvaluationsShorelineContinue to encourage landowners to participate in evaluation and acknowledge efforts to meet criteriaLcarmi TMDL Action #5 & #17FWCFWCLCBP, or DEC Watershed grants?Continue, but will need further funding for more Lake Wise evaluations and project support.Will plan more for this summer or next summer if we can get another grant.
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On goingImproving private roads: assessmentRoads Continue assessments on private roadsLcarmi TMDL Action #14FWCRoad assn or camp ownerERP?, landownerFWC has coordinated private road assessments. All complete except Sandy Bay Brook roads.
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On goingImproving private roads: ImplementationRoadsPrivate roads – Implement projects from assessments, Lcarmi TMDL Action #15FWCNRPCERP?, landownerover 5 miles of private road work completed based on assessment work. FWC will work with landowners to continue improvements with help of grants and landowner assistance
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On goingAct 64 farm related permitsRegulationsNorth lake Farm survey and assessment: Conduct assessments on livestock farms in watershed to discuss RAPs, identify water quality concerns and provide outreach regarding cost-share assistance opportunities. AAFM and Lcarmi TMDL Action#12AAFMAAFMNLFS completed. Assessment information compiled for Lake Carmi farms and provided to FWC, LCCA at implementation team meeting. Handout developed
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On goingAct 64 road related permitsRegulationsTown will assess all town roads and fix prioritized areas where road erosion enters waterbodyLcarmi TMDL Action #14 and Act 64Towns,, Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC)Town, ERPNRPC assisting town with assessment
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Action requiredState of Vermont RCPP (DEC Lake Champlain RCPPAgriculture and SilvicultureWater quality improvement projects on agricultural and forest lands, Wetland Reserve Program, Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, Education & Outreach, Fostering Partner RelationshipsDECUSDANeed to ID any old logging sites that need restoration; WSMD update
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On going Vermont Association of Conservation Districts RCPPRegulationsWork with small farms to develop Nutrient Management Plans that will help position farmers to do additional conservation practices, working closely with UVM Extension to have farmers develop their own NMPs through the Digging In program.AAFM and Lcarmi TMDL Action#12FNRCD, VACD, UVM extensionVACD WSMD contacted Franklin Natural Resourve Conserv District, who implements this action. She has not worked with Lake Carmi watershed farms to this date.
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On goingProtection of wetlandsProtectionCoordinate with conservation organization and landowner to consider protectionNon-game Natural Heritage Program, TMDL Action#19DEC, The Nature ConservancyERPWSMD - on going
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On goingWetland RestorationremediationWork with DEC Wetlands Program and NRCS to identify priority areas for remediation. Work with partners to implementLake Champlain Phosphorus TMDLDECERP, NRCS working with Wetlands Program. 2017 - One area discussed with NRCS and agreed it would be eligable site and they would investigate.
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on goingRiver corridor restorationremediationExplore potential for restoration streams that are not in natural conditionLcarmi TMDL Action #10DECAAFM, UVM extension, NRCSERP, NRCSWSMD did map review, in addition to walk of Dewing and Kane Brooks. Will continue to work with land owners to determine if there are potential projects as well as landowner interest.
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On goingRiver corridor protectionProtectionIdentify river corridors for protection and work with landowner to obtain conservatin easementsVermont River ConservancyERP2017 - DEC notified VLC of one potential corridor of interest. Follow up needed
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On goingcyanobacteria monitoringassessment and education/outreachgather data on the occurence of cyanobacteria blooms.  Reach out to campers and visitors about cyanobacteria so that they recognize blooms and know to avoid them.  Outreach should also make the connection between extensive prolonged blooms and high nutrient levels, and the changes in land practices that are needed to reduce bloom occurrence.VT Dept. of Health (DVH) DECDECVDH, DEC, LCC, LCCADVHDepartment of Health website has information . See https://apps.health.vermont.gov/vttracking/cyanobacteria/2017/d/ weekly reports. and see http://www.healthvermont.gov/health-environment/recreational-water/lake-conditions for general information
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On goingIn Lake Management technologyInvestigate opportuntiesDEC, LCarmiTMDL #13Lake Carmi Implementation teamDECsee RFP:http://anr.vermont.gov/node/1044
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Ongoing Agricultural sector committments in Lake Champlain Basin Phosphorus TMDLAgriculturefor a complete explanation of AAFM work in basin, see agriculture section in the Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL Implementation Plan:http://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wsm/erp/docs/160915_Phase_1_Implementation_Plan_Final.pdf
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Ongoing USDA Natural Resource Conservation ServiceAgricultureFor an explanation of NRCS work in the larger Pike River watershed (Lake Carmi included)see:file:///C:/Users/karenb/Downloads/Pike_Outreach_FINAL%20(2).pdf
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Link to Lake Carmi TMDL Action Plan: http://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/documents/WSMD_MAPP_Lake_Carmi_Phosphorus_Reduction_Action_Plan_Aug2008.pdfFor links to source info, see: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/basin-planning/basin6
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