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State Government Municipal Day
ANR, VTrans and ACCD are joining forces to host another State Municipal Day - or three!  This year there are three locations: Montpelier on  Friday 9/15, St Johnsbury on Tuesday, 9/19 and Rutland on Friday 9/22.  There are workshops on a wide variety of subjects including mapping, Complete Streets, Section 248, Act 250, Highway Stormwater Grants, the new ANR Biofinder and much more!  For more information, including registration, visit the event website.
Brownfields
Now Accepting Applications for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)
The SWCRPC is accepting applications for its Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund made possible by the U.S. EPA. This funding will provide loans and grants to facilitate cleanup of contaminated 'brownfield' sites, and is available to public, private and nonprofit owners in the towns of the SWCRPC service area. Revitalization of these 'brownfield' properties will encourage new business, new jobs and a cleaner environment for the communities in the region.

For more information or to request a site eligibility form, property owners or prospective purchasers of brownfield properties can contact Allison Hopkins.
Emergency Management
Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference
The 10th annual Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference will be held on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT.  It's a free event. Session descriptions can be viewed on the conference website .  Click here to register.
FEMA Mitigation Funding Opportunities
On August 14th, FEMA released their Notice of Funding Opportunities for both the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs for FY17.  Applications are due by November 14, 2017.
  • PDM : Vermont will receive a $575,000 (federal share) set-aside for PDM-eligible projects and/or plans, in addition to the chance to apply for up to 15% of the PDM funding allocation for competitive projects.  Click here for more information.
  • FMA : $160 million has been obligated to the FMA program for FY17, with a prioritization of $70 million on flood mitigation projects. FEMA has determined that Advance Assistance funding will be provided to develop potential mitigation projects and acquire the data necessary to create eligible and robust applications in future rounds of funding. Additionally, FMA funding can also be used for floodplain restoration projects that benefit NFIP-insured properties and those communities in good standing with NFIP.  Click here for more information.
Federal Disaster Declaration for June 29-July 1, 2017 Storms
A federal disaster was declared (DR-4330) for Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Orange, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor Counties as a result of the rain events that took place between June 29, 2017 and July 1, 2017.

As a result of the declaration, FEMA will reimburse for damages to public infrastructure. FEMA will pay for 75% of the cost and the State of Vermont will also assist with the cost share. It is unclear at this time the amount of the cost share by Vermont.

For additional information on these programs, please contact Allison Hopkins or Tom Kennedy.
Energy
Button Up Vermont Campaign is Coming
Are you wondering how your energy committee can motivate your residents to weatherize their homes or how you can take effective action to help the state reach its goal of 90% renewables by 2050?

Button Up Vermont is a community-based, public outreach campaign to promote home energy efficiency improvements - particularly helping people reduce heating and cooling costs.   Efficiency Vermont will provide free LEDs to community partners working at the local level to engage residents in the Button Up Vermont campaign. They will also provide educational materials, media and social media support, and guidance and training to local energy committees. In exchange, energy committees will be asked to commit to implementing at least two community engagement activities of their choosing, such as organizing home energy parties, workshops, or tabling events.  Residents will be asked to commit to undertaking one or more measures to reduce their heating load and then record their actions on Energy Action Network's Community Energy Dashboard.

Local energy groups will be able to sign up to participate in Button Up Vermont by early September.   Look for announcements through VECAN. In the interim, please contact Paul Markowitz at Efficiency Vermont at pmarkowitz@veic.org or 802 540 7608 with questions or more information.  
Enhanced Energy Plans
As reported in our June Newsletter, the SWCRPC has prepared a preliminary draft regional energy plan with the intent of meeting the new enhanced energy planning standards in order to get "substantial deference".  Click here to read more about what this will entail.  The state is conducting a pre-review of this preliminary draft at this time.  We intend to schedule a meeting within the next month to get input from town energy committee members and anyone else who is interested in energy planning.  If you are interested in being notified about this meeting, please contact Jason Rasmussen.

The SWCRPC has helped the towns of Andover, Ludlow and Springfield to prepare local enhanced energy plans.  The three communities continue to review the drafts at this time.  The SWCRPC will be receiving more funding to work on enhanced energy plans for an additional three towns over the next year.  If you are interested, please contact Jason Rasmussen.
Municipal Planning Grant
FY 2018 Municipal Planning Grant
The Department of Housing and Community Development has about $450,000 available for the FY 2018 Municipal Planning Grant (MPG) program.  This is an important funding opportunity for a variety of municipal planning projects, such as town plan updates that address inconsistencies with state planning goals, zoning bylaw updates needed to address a new town plan, or special projects.  Projects that promote Vermont's historic settlement patterns are given priority.  Applications are due on October 2, 2017.  Visit the program website for more information.
Transportation News
Way to Go Challenge
For many years Vermont has had an annual commuter challenge called "Way To Go!".  This year, the event will be for two weeks, from September 25 th thru October 6 th , and the focus will be on school participation.  A 50% participation rate for total school population, including faculty, staff and students, for at least one day will put the school in the running for the grand prize: a solar tracker.  For more information about the event and to sign up your school, please visit the program website.
Water Quality
Clean Water Funding Opportunities in Full Swing
Vermont Department of Environment Conservation's CLEAN WATER INITIATIVE PROGRAM has released two new programs this year to bolster its clean water goals to improve water quality in our lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Multi-Sector Clean Water Block Grant, with up to $2 million in funding, will support the construction of high-priority, cost-effective, non-agricultural clean water improvement projects statewide. This program will be administered by Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission and, together with VAPDA, will select ready-to-go projects identified in the DEC Watershed Projects Database "Go List" for construction over the next 2 years.
  • Municipal Roads Grants-In-Aid Pilot Project offers over $2 million in funding  to assist municipalities in putting "best management practices" to work on selected town roads to reduce erosion while improving water quality in our rivers and streams.  Funding from this program will give our participating towns a jump-start in preparation for the new Municipal Road General Permit. Look for these improvements over the next 18 months in Andover, Cavendish, Chester, Weathersfield, West Windsor, Reading, and Springfield.  If all goes well we may see a continuation of this program.
Look for ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION GRANT - ROUND 2 due September 19 th .  There have been some significant changes to this grant program and a final application guidance manual is still in the works. To find out more visit VT DEC where you'll find the latest draft(June 23rd) of the application manual .  If you are interested in applying, please contact Cindy Ingersoll at  for more information and to discuss project eligibility.
Eclipse Viewing
Several staff members along with members of Sullivan & Powers took time to view the eclipse.  Several apparatus were made but the glasses sure were a dramatic view.
Grant Opportunites
Please refer to our Grants Website for up to date information about existing grants relevant for our towns and region. 
Welcome Chris Yurek!
We are please to welcome our newest member to our staff, Chris Yurek, as an Assistant Planner.  He is not new to our office as he has been working with us through the ECO AmericCorps program for the past two years.  He is transitioning nicely into the Water Quality program and that category, "other duties assigned by the Executive Director."  He can be reached at  yurek@swcrpc.org
Southern Windsor Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District 
Household Hazardous Waste Collections
Residents of Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor are invited to  participate in the following events:
  • Saturday, Sept 9th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Springfield Transfer Station;
  • Saturday, Sept 16th 
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Goodyear building in Windsor.
For more information, including a list of hazardous materials that will be accepted at these collections, visit the District website .  
Sewing Peace
The Springfield, Rockingham and Ludlow transfer stations are collecting unwanted, but working, sewing machines as part of their efforts to divert materials from the landfill. The machines are cleaned and shipped to overseas partners through the Sewing Peace project. Recipients use the machines to start businesses to support their families. Each machine is considered a "job in a box." If you would like to donate a sewing machine, please bring it to one of the transfer stations. For more information about the program,  visit the project website or call Mary T. O'Brien at 674-9235.
Stay Connected
Don't forget about us! 
When there are personnel changes on your boards or in the office, please help us by sending your updates to us promptly.  We use your contact information for a variety of purposes including:   grant opportunities;  upcoming road construction projects (including road and bridge closures);  trainings and events  and many other things! If you have any updates for town staff or volunteers, please send them to Chris Titus .
Are you on Front Porch Forum?
The towns of Cavendish, Reading, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor have all joined. The mission of Front Porch Forum is to help neighbors connect and build community. It does that by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood forums. Common sense and a growing body of research tell us that well-connected neighborhoods are friendlier places to live, with less crime, healthier residents, higher property values, and better service from local government and public utilities.
S outhern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission 
PO Box 320
38 Ascutney Park Road
Ascutney, VT 05030
Telephone: 802-674-9201
Fax: 802-674-5711
General Email: info@swcrpc.org