Colchester firm to develop Stormwater Master Plans for Chester, Londonderry

Fitzgerald Environmental Associates of Colchester will be developing Stormwater Master Plans for the towns of Chester and Londonderry in partnership with the towns and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Both projects are funded by State Capital Clean Water Funds.

Williams River Watershed. 2014 Vermont state map.

Stormwater Master Plans outline actionable steps toward improving water quality and reducing flooding through implementation of stormwater practices. The process provides valuable assistance to the town for addressing stormwater issues and reducing maintenance of town infrastructure. Reducing stormwater runoff and the associated nutrients and sediment, improves the water quality in Vermont’s rivers, lakes, and ponds.

Projects identified through this planning process, once implemented, are expected to result in measurable water quality improvements in the West River watershed for Londonderry and the Williams River watershed for Chester. Implementation of Green Stormwater Infrastructure can also make public spaces and roadways safer for travel and for pedestrians.

FEA will identify and assess possible locations for new stormwater practices in both Londonderry and Chester, primarily focusing its efforts on areas with greater amounts of stormwater runoff.

In Londonderry that will include the Village Centers and Magic Mountain Resort. In Chester,  that will include the Village Center. The company will also focus on areas with existing stormwater issues such as eroding gravel roads. It will develop project recommendations that are feasible for implementation based on available space, land ownership and cost. Projects will be prioritized based on the cost-effectiveness of the potential water quality benefits.

FEA personnel will conduct surveys in both Chester and Londonderry during 2022-2023 and deliver designs and a final Stormwater Master Plan by April 2024. Contact Fitzgerald Environmental Associates at 802-876-7778 or at with any questions or comments regarding the Stormwater Master Plans.


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