This "story board" map shows the first sites that will be worked on by the Town of Calais to prevent erosion, manage storm water, and help keep our waters clean. This is a collaborative planning process involving Central Vermont Regional Planning, Calais Planning Commission, the Calais Conservation Commission, Calais Selectboard, and the Calais Highway Department.

Through funding provided by the Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the CVRPC retained WCA to complete two Stormwater Master Plans (SWMPs): one for the Kingsbury Branch Watershed including chapters for the towns of Calais, East Montpelier and Woodbury; and one, with Friends of the Mad River, for the Mad River Watershed including chapters for the towns of Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston, and Duxbury. The CVRPC, WCA, and FMR team worked to engage municipal stakeholders for each town so that the results of the process were understood and the products were of local value. WCA created online story maps for each of the towns to provide information on stormwater, solutions to stormwater mitigation using green stormwater infrastructure, and results of the stormwater master planning process. The results include the top five priority sites for each of the eight municipalities, along with 30% engineering designs and artistic renderings for projects to address water quality and quantity issues at these sites. By completing the initial engineering designs for these priority sites, each municipality can focus on securing funds for final engineering designs and project implementation.  Implementing these project will allow communities to address their runoff problems contributing to poor water quality and advance the goals to reduce phosphorus loading in the Lake Champlain basin.