Target: Governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin
Goal: Keep a freshwater reservoir at a healthy level to maintain wildlife, recreational activities, and water quality
An 850-acre reservoir could be in danger. A power plant is trying to renew its flood-controlled dam’s license. The dam will raise and lower the water level of the reservoir, affecting recreational activities, aquatic life, water quality, and bank erosion. Officials will be deciding what to do about the dam’s destructive water level this month. Take action now to protect and maintain the water level for recreational purposes as well as the ecological health of the area.
Waterbury Reservoir is located in Waterbury Center State Park in Vermont. The dam was built as flood control by Green Mountain Power, but it’s had a huge impact on the reservoir. The water is usually drawn down during the winter to leave room for snow melt in the spring. The summer usually boasts 42,000 visitors for swimming, boating, and hiking, but only if the water level is high enough. Green Mountain Power utilizes the dam for energy by fluctuating the water level a foot above or below the recommended level. These fluctuations might not seem like much but such leeway could have an impact on the water quality. A low water level will destroy recreational activities in the reservoir and also cause bank erosion, increasing sediment in the water.
The ninth largest body of water in Vermont, this area is a treasure to both locals and wildlife. By signing this petition, you are urging the Governor of Vermont to maintain the reservoir’s water level at a safe amount for summer recreation, wildlife health, and clean water quality.
Dear Governor Shumlin,
The Waterbury Reservoir provides summer fun for thousands of patrons as well as a crucial habitat for local wildlife and aquatic species. Green Mountain Power’s dam must maintain the reservoir at a healthy level for citizens and nature. Since the power company’s license must be renewed on the dam, an important decision must be made for a healthy reservoir. If the dam draws too much water from the reservoir, recreational activities could come to a close, water quality could decline, wildlife will be impacted, and banks will erode.
Please take action to protect the Waterbury Reservoir, Vermont’s ninth largest body of water. The reservoir is a popular summer destination for nature lovers and an ecological haven for wildlife in the area. Keep Waterbury Reservoir at a healthy and safe level for all.
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