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Peter Fellows, GIS Manager, TRORC
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Kathy Urffer, CRC River Steward, CRC
Floodplain Restoration Projects on Pinney Hollow Brook Planned for 2022
Brattleboro/ Woodstock, VT —Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) and Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) have been working together to support the design and implementation of two river restoration projects along Pinney Hollow Brook in Plymouth, VT.
In December of 2021, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) was awarded a Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) Flood Resilient Communities Fund Grant to implement floodplain restoration for two areas along Pinney Hollow Brook in Plymouth on VT Route 100A. The sites include the former Farmbrook Motel and a second site further downstream on private property. The restoration plans for these sites creates new floodplain for this tributary that was ravaged by Tropical Storm Irene. New floodplain access will give the river a chance to deposit debris and sediment as well as water during a flood and will improve the Ottauquechee watershed’s health and lessen flooding and erosion risks in Bridgewater and Plymouth.
Peter Fellows from TRORC stated, “It is so gratifying to see that these two projects will be ready for construction during this field season. Many years of hard work with multiple partners are coming to fruition.” TRORC will be releasing a construction bid package in May.
Both the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) and the Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) were previously awarded a final design grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) in spring of 2021 for these floodplain restoration projects which have been in development for many years.
“Clean Water funding from the State of Vermont is imperative to leverage additional Federal and State money, like this ARPA funding that supports the VEM grant, to get these projects done. CRC is glad to support the TRORC on the implementation of these projects,” says Kathy Urffer, Project Manager and River Steward for CRC.
Since 1952, Connecticut River Conservancy has been the voice for the Connecticut River watershed, from source to sea. They collaborate with partners across four states to protect and advocate for your rivers and educate and engage communities. They bring people together to prevent pollution, improve habitat, and promote enjoyment of your river and its tributary streams. Healthy rivers support healthy economies. To learn more about CRC and help to protect your rivers, visit www.ctriver.org.
TRORC is an association of thirty municipalities in east-central Vermont. TRORC is governed by a Board of Representatives appointed by each of our member towns. Our primary goals are to advocate for the needs of our member towns, and to articulate a vision for building a thriving regional economy while enhancing the region’s quality of life. The Commission’s staff provides technical services to local, state and federal levels of government and to the Region’s non-profits and businesses.