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Kristopher Radder — Reformer Staff Justin Sherry stands in the West River as he talks to Sarah Ragon and others as they try to escape the heat on Thursday, May 26.

BRATTLEBORO >> Through a grant provided by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, the Municipal Assistance Center of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns will provide water quality-focused technical assistance and outreach to their member municipalities. Municipal road-related stormwater runoff management and the Lake Champlain phosphorus restoration plan are among the new, top priorities that VLCT and DEC will tackle together.

"With its close ties to all of Vermont's cities and towns, VLCT is in a unique position to help local communities improve the quality of their waters with practical strategies that work on the ground," said Rick Hopkins of the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program. "VLCT has a proven track record of helping towns understand their options and choose what works best for them."

Through this partnership, VLCT will provide model local ordinance language that targets managing municipal road-related stormwater runoff. VLCT will also sponsor, plan, and promote training events in the form of workshops, webinars, and conferences on a wide range of relevant topics including municipal road-related stormwater management, green stormwater infrastructure, river corridor protection, and floodplain management.

VLCT's Water Resources Assistance Program has received DEC support since 2006.

Founded in 1967, VLCT is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to serve and strengthen Vermont local governments.