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Tree Planting and Lamoille River Green Up Day/Fishing Trip

***Upcoming Events***

 

May 6th River Clean up.

May 13th Tree Planting .

June 4-5 Lake Mansfield Trout Club Fishing 

GREEN UP/CLEAN UP TIME!!  Come join us on Saturday May 6th 2017 at 9 am for our annual Green up day on the Lamoille River in Jeffersonville. We will be headquartered in the field next to Smugglers Notch Distillery. It's an opportunity for our volunteers to work together for riverside trash removal. Throughout the morning volunteers scour the banks of the Lamoille for trash and discarded debris. Just bring some old work gloves and we will provide the trash bags. The clean up wraps at noon and is followed by a complimentary barbecue provided by the CVTU staff. After the cookout we head out to the river for some afternoon fishing. Look for the TU banner Off Rte 15 in Jeffersonville.

May 13th we will be 'digging in' again for phase #3 of our Lamoille River tree planting project. We will have 125-150 small root ball Maples and Ash trees to plant, water and beaver guard. Our planting area is on the south side of the river across Ten Bends road in Hyde Park. Access is very easy and the soil is soft so the day should be smooth. 9am is the start time and we hope to finish by noon so we can fall back to the fishermans parking area to have a barbecue lunch. Last year we has over 40 volunteers and we wrapped up by 11am. We are hoping for the same turnout this year. Bring waterproof boots, work gloves and a shovel. We will handle the supplies.

Lake Mansfield Trip. Located on the Southwest side on Mt Mansfield this lodge is neatly wrapped by a beautiful Lake that is highly populated by wild Brook Trout. The lodge has an exceptional kitchen and a wonderful and accommodating staff with cozy rooms. For $199 per person you will get 3 meals and unlimited use of the all of the facilities for Sunday and Monday. We do this trip every year and it's always a great time.  This is BYOB establishment. Contact Larry Bruce for trip registration at lhbrucejr@gmail.com

Any questions don't hesitate to contact Gary West at Garylwest2475@gmail.com or contact us through our website on the contact page.   

IMPORTANT INFORMATION! MORRISVILLE HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT

~~Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
NOTICE OF COMPLETED APPLICATION AND PUBLIC HEARING
MORRISVILLE HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT
OWNED BY: MORRISVILLE WATER AND LIGHT
857 ELMORE STREET
MORRISVILLE, VERMONT 05661-8408
JANUARY 7, 2016
Morrisville Water and Light of Morrisville, Vermont has initiated the process to obtain a new license
from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to continue to operate the existing Morrisville
Hydroelectric Project on the Lamoille River and two tributaries. The project consists of three generation
facilities and one storage facility. The Cadys Falls and Morrisville generation facilities are located on the
main stem of the Lamoille River, the Green River generation facilities located on the Green River and the
Lake Elmore storage facility the flows into Elmore Brook.
As part of this process, the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) is reviewing an application for a Clean
Water Act §401 Water Quality Certification, required pursuant to the provisions of Section 401 of the
federal Clean Water Act, 33 USC §1341.
The applicant proposes to operate the Cadys Falls facility and Morrisville facility to maintain
instantaneous run-of-river operation below the project. Additionally, the applicant is proposing to
continue operations at the Green River facility in a store and release peaking mode. For the Lake Elmore
facilities, the applicant proposes eliminate the drawdown and operate the facility in a crested controlled
run-of-river operation below the facility which will protect water quality and aquatic habitat in Elmore
Brook. Additional measures include improving recreational facilities and dissolved oxygen monitoring at
the Green River facility.
The applicant must demonstrate that the project will be in compliance with the Vermont Water Quality
Standards by not having an undue adverse impact on the aquatic environment, or the designated and
existing uses of the waters of the State. ANR’s tentative determination is to grant the certification with
conditions to mitigate impacts on water quality.
Public Hearing: A public hearing will be held on 16 day, February, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Morrisville
Elementary School. Persons having an interest in the project and the affected waters are encouraged to
attend and provide oral testimony or written statements and data that would bear on the final water quality
certification decision. Written comments will be accepted at the address below, or via e-mail to
jeff.crocker@vermont.gov, until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016.
Copies of the draft certification and Vermont Water Quality Standards are available by mail or on the
Agency website: http://www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/cfm/notices/notices.cfm
For information on the application, access to related documents, or copies of the Vermont Water Quality
Standards, interested persons should contact:
Jeff Crocker, Supervising River Ecologist Telephone: 802.490.6151
Streamflow Protection Program Email: jeff.crocker@vermont.gov
Department of Environmental Conservation
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522

January 5th Chapter Meeting

 Happy New Year! Come join us for our January 5th meeting  when Chapter member Dave Capen will explain how the Cormorants are affecting our fish population! Doors open at 6:30. We will have refreshments, bucket raffles and a 50/50 raffle!

Open to the public..bring a friend! Holdiay Inn, Willsiton Rd. So. Burlington

 

 

 

 

December Chapter Meeting

Please Join us December 1st for our next chapter meeting at the Holiday Inn on Williston Rd. Come hear Alan Erdossy tell us how to catch Stripers in the Rhode Island salt ponds.

We'll also be selling tickets for our 45th Banquet in March as, well as raffle tickets for our Grand Prize and Specialty Rod & Reel combo.  

Vermont anglers enjoy expanded year-round open water

VERMONT FISH & WILDLIFE
Press Release
 
For Immediate Release: November 11, 2014
Media Contact: Rich Kirn, (802) 485-7566
 
 
Vermont anglers enjoy expanded year-round open water
fishing opportunities
 
MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding anglers of the new year-round fishing opportunities now available to anglers on various waterways throughout the state. 
 
In effect since the beginning of this year, revised state regulations have opened up 11 new river sections to catch-and-release trout fishing with artificial flies or lures outside of the normal trout season. 
 
The change in regulation has resulted in over 70 additional miles of river now being open to year-round trout fishing.
 
“The regulations were intended to provide expanded fishing opportunities for trout while limiting the potential impact to populations,” said Rich Kirn, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “The changes will give interested anglers the opportunity to take advantage of any mild days in late fall and early spring.”
 
A section of the Walloomsac River in Bennington was also designated as a trophy trout stream with the changes and is being stocked with two-year old brown and rainbow trout – both with a daily limit of two per day. 
 
Additionally, the state’s bass catch-and-release open water angling opportunities (not ice fishing) - also with artificial flies and lures only - have been expanded to include all lakes, ponds and reservoirs not listed as “seasonally closed waters.”
 
A complete list of seasonally closed waters is available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com.  Under the “Fishing” tab, click on “Law Digest and Guide” for more information.
 
Bob Shannon, owner of The Fly Rod Shop and Fly Fish Vermont Guide Service in Stowe, says the expanded fishing opportunities have been appreciated by anglers.
 
“From the feedback I’ve gotten, many local anglers – primarily the hardcore, avid type - are really excited about the increased options in terms of fishable waters,” said Shannon. “Additionally, we’ve seen a rise in the non-resident interest in these opportunities and that should certainly provide a boost in visits from those outside of Vermont.”
 
The sections of streams listed below are open to year-round trout fishing according to the following rules:

• Only artificial flies or lures may be used, except during the open season for trout (2nd Sat. in April – Oct. 31).
• Catch and release only (trout must be immediately released where caught), except during the open season for trout.
• During open season for trout, follow normal size restrictions, daily limits and possession limits.
 
–– Black River: From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Howard Hill Road Bridge in Cavendish.
–– Deerfield River: From the Woods Road (Medburyville) bridge in Wilmington upstream approximately 2 miles to the VT Route 9W bridge in Searsburg.
–– East Creek (Rutland City): From the confluence with Otter Creek upstream (approximately 2.7 miles) to the top of the Patch Dam in Rutland City.
–– Hoosic River: From the Vermont/New York border upstream to the Vermont/ Massachusetts border.
–– Lamoille River: From the Lake Champlain boundary (top of Peterson Dam in Milton) upstream to the top of the Cady’s Falls Dam in Morristown.
–– Lewis Creek: From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the State Prison Hollow Road (TH#3) bridge in Starksboro.
–– Missisquoi River: From the top of the Swanton Dam in Swanton to the top of the Enosburg Falls Dam in Enosburg Falls.
–– Moose River: From the confluence with Passumpsic River upstream to the downstream edge of the Concord Avenue bridge in St. Johnsbury.
–– Ompompanoosuc River: From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Union Village Dam in Thetford.
–– Otter Creek: From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the Danby-Mt. Tabor Forest Road bridge (Forest Road #10) in Mt. Tabor..
–– Passumpsic River: From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of Arnolds Falls Dam in St. Johnsbury.
–– Waits River: From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of the Central Vermont Power Dam in Bradford.
–– Walloomsac River: From the Vermont/New York border in Bennington upstream to the top of the former Vermont Tissue Plant Dam (downstream of Murphy Road) in Bennington.
–– West River: From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Townshend Dam in Townshend.
–– White River: From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the bridge on Route 107 in Bethel.
–– Williams River: From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of the dam at Brockway Mills Falls in Rockingham.
–– Winooski River: From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the VT Route 2/100 in Duxbury and Waterbury.

Vermont's Department of Motor Vehicles announces new conservatio

Vermont's Department of Motor Vehicles announces new conservation license plates!

 

The 1995 Vermont legislature passed legislation creating the first Conservation Plate which featured a peregrine falcon. The Conservation Plate became available for pleasure cars in 1997 and has generated over $1.5 million, which has helped support the Non-Game Wildlife Fund and the Watershed Grants Program.

In 1997 the law was amended to include trucks weighing less than 8,099 pounds. In 2004 the truck weight limit was increased to include trucks weighing less than 26,001 pounds. Since the program began, over 19,000 sets of conservation license plates have been issued. Currently, there are over 9,000 sets of plates actively registered and on Vermont highways. In November 2014 three new Conservation Plates (Loon, Deer, and Brook Trout) were introduced and available for sale.

The current Conservation Plate features three different animals:  Loon, Deer, and Brook Trout. The Catamount (which wildlife officials have declared being officially extinct) and the Peregrine Falcon plates are only available for renewals or replacement plates.  More information about the Conservation Plate, the Non-Game Wildlife Fund, and the Watershed Grants Program can be found on the Fish & Wildlife website: www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

For more information go to....

http://dmv.vermont.gov/registrations/drivers/plates/special#conservation

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEARING - WATERBURY HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT

WATERBURY HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT

Public Hearing: A public hearing will be held on December 6, 2014 at the Crossett Brook
Middle School
, 5672 VT Route 100 in Duxbury from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Little River Proposed Flows

Waterbury Dam Maintenance and Proposed Little River Flow Levels: Operation changes will occur in three Phases while some dam equipment is replaced, with final goal of run-of-river for Little River and year-round stable pool for Reservoir. Phase I: • While turbine and bypass flow valve are being replaced. • Reservoir operation same winter downdraw of 550.5 ft and then summer pool of 589.5 ft. • Operation of dam: Still 3 cfs conservation minimum flows (so, 14 cfs with leakage). Generation flow could remain at 500 cfs, but ANR is pushing for generation flow of 300 cfs or inflows during turbine replacement (old turbine can generate at 266 to 670 cfs, GMP prefers higher end). Phase II: • (Dam parts replacement to be complete Dec 2016, ANR pushing for tighter timeline) • After turbine and valve are replaced, but before Tainter (flood) Gate replacement: • Reservoir levels – current operation of winter downdraw 550.5 and summer to 589.5. • Downstream before gate replacement (due to new bypass flow valve) o Jan 1 – Mar 15 60 cfs (guaranteed) o Mar 16 – Mar 31 60 cfs or inflows o Apr 1 – May 15 108 cfs or inflow o May 16 – Dec 31 run-of-river [inflows about 60 cfs, but precip dependent] Phase III: • After Tainter Gates replaced. • Reservoir at 589.5 ft year round. • Downstream flow management – run-of-river, but ecologically protective flows during unexpected downdraw. [for run-of-river, summer median is about 60 cfs]. Changes in Generation Ramp Up: Rates will eventually change due to new equipment: Ramp up will become gradual – ramp up at 60 cfs every 30 minutes (60, 120, 180, 240, up to 300 over 2 hour period), ramp down at 30 cfs every 30 minutes. New turbine installation – can generate at 49 to 390 cfs; will peak at 300 cfs, reduce generating capacity to 4.1 Mw Timeline: In order for Phase II to begin: • About six months after 401 cert is filed, FERC will issue the permit (their usual timeline). • Eighteen months after permit is issued, replacement of turbine and bypass flow valve by GMP will be complete, allowing Phase II to start due to this new equipment. This will be approximately December 2016; again, ANR pushing for tighter timeline. • Essentially, it will be two years after cert is issued for flow operation changes to occur. In order for Phase III to begin: • Can only begin after Tainter gates are replaced, which cannot begin until the above upgrades are made. Apparently, the current gates are due for replacement and cannot handle constant pressure of full year-round reservoir pool. The state has agreed to procure the funding. Current agency funding proposal: • And Phase II cannot begin until funding for gates is secured. o Replacement costs for the gates are $40 million. o The agency plan is to seek the funding from the federal Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). [but, see below] o Under the Act, the feds would pay for 65% of the costs and the state would be responsible for the remaining $14 million. This is still a big number for the state, and the other $26 million would have to be appropriated in the Act by Congress. o Quick WRDA research revealed that the last two were passed in 2000 and in 2007. The most recent one was passed in May of this year, so 2014. That gives us about another 7 years until the next one, unless Congress goes back to the old timetable. So, it would be 2021 until the possibility of federal funding through this avenue, then we would have to go to the statehouse for the $14. o Mears / ANR has stated that target completion for gate replacement is 3 to 5 years from today, so approximately Dec 2017 to Dec 2019, but the evidence shows otherwise.