Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers
Wild and Scenic River Study Committee
Rolf Anderson, Jayne Chase, Jonathan Chase, Edward Ellis, Jamie Fosburgh, Annette Goyne, Jeff Goyne, Rick Hopkins, Sylvia Jensen, Bob Johnson, Robert Langlands, Todd Lantery, John Little, Jim MacCartney, Mike Manahan, Carol McGregor, Anne McKay, George Olio, Albert Perry, Robert Qua, Bethany Remmers, Dan Rico, Cynthia Scott, Ken Secor, Heather Skilling, Polly Spencer, Nat Worman.
Hiring of Local Coordinator
The position was advertised in 7 newspapers in the study area as well as the Burlington Free Press and Seven Days. 44 applications have been received. The search committee will meet on Fri., Dec. 11 to do a first cut.
Troy Hydroelectric Project
J. and J. Chase have a 3-year preliminary permit to study the feasibility of operating the former Citizens Dam in N. Troy as a low-impact hydro electric, green energy site. They have conducted 4 environmental studies so far; it is estimated to produce 3 million kilowatts of electricity annually. Most of the 57' height is a natural waterfall, the dam is only about 10' high. About 250' of river would be by-passed. The W&S designation can be viable by excluding the hydroelectric project area from the W&S study area.
B. Remmers advised that the Northwest Regional Planning Commission will support the W&S Study Committee with working maps and analysis, simple maps for the final report, and education/promotional maps for the 10 towns. The NRPC would work with NVDA (Northeastern Vermont Development Association) which covers Orleans Co. A contract will be set up between MRBA and NRPC to provide these services.
J. MacCartney provided an example of the Lower Farmington River's website. R. Anderson has been providing web services to MRBA and is willing to do the same for the W&S study committee.
The Study Committee should have a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Jayne Chase volunteered to be Treasurer. A nominating committee will consist of S. Jensen, A. McKay, B. Remmers, K. Secor, and Jayne Chase. All Study Committee members will submit a biography of 75-100 words.
W&S presentation to Osher - J. Fosburgh's presentation to Osher in Oct. is available on DVD. It was suggested the DVD be given to public libraries and highschools in the study area. The presentation lasts about 1.25 hrs.
It was suggested that a 1-page info sheet listing the Steering Committee's officers and coordinator be available as a hand-out at Town Meetings.
Interest has been expressed in having the Jay Branch included in the study area.
It was suggested that a written time-line type of agenda or calendar be created in order to measure milestones and accomplishments.
It was decided that Steering Committee meetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 pm. in the North Troy Village office.
Minutes by: Cynthia Scott
This page last Updated March 19, 2010