Water is an essential part of our lives. It is quite easy to forget how our survival is dependent upon it, since water is readily available and used in a multitude of ways. Protecting water quality is vital for our well-being. Poor water quality can negatively affect drinking water, household use, irrigation, recreation, fishing, commerce, and our environment. Our valuable waterways can be degraded by non-point source pollution, shoreline development, sedimentation, failing septic systems, poor agricultural and silvicultural practices, fuel spills, and invasive species. Nearly all of these problems can be avoided by proper planning and basic prevention measures.
The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission works with area towns, state and federal governments, and other regional organizations to provide planning assistance, technical support, and additional resources to help solve water quality problems. If you or your organization are in need of assistance, please feel free to contact us. We’d be more than happy to answer your questions, provide additional information, or connect you with an expert in a particular water quality field.