Draft ORV Map

Monday, February 20, 2012

ORV Eligibility Requirements

From http://www.rivers.gov:

In order to be listed on the NRI, a river must be free-flowing and possess one or more Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs). Thus, the eligibility analysis consists of an examination of the river's hydrology, including any man-made alterations, and an inventory of its natural, cultural, and recreational resources. There are a variety of methods to determine whether certain resources are so unique, rare or exemplary as to make them outstandingly remarkable. The determination that a river area contains ORVs is a professional judgment on the part of the interdisciplinary study team (IDT), based on objective, scientific analysis. Input from organizations and individuals familiar with specific river resources should be sought and documented as part of the process.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Comments about ORVs?

The map above is a DRAFT that shows the POTENTIAL Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs) that the Wild & Scenic study committee has identified so far.  The ORVs will be finalized in the upcoming months and final versions of this map will be made available at that point.  The river segments that are under study are highlighted, as are the towns in the study area.  Please have a look around the map and leave any comments about ORVs (that are here or others that you'd like to see included).  Feel free to email the Wild & Scenic study coordinator with your comments as well: info(at)vtwsr.org.  For more information about ORVs, see the older posts below.

If you'd like to view the ORV data in more detail (using Google Earth), please click here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Do you think you know of an outstanding resource in the Missisquoi or Trout study area?

Feel free to post your ideas here.  Also, you may contact us with ideas about what resources are outstanding in or along the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers at info@vtwsr.org; 3839 VT Route 105, East Berkshire, VT 05447; or 802-393-0076

How would the rivers be designated Wild and Scenic?

In order to be designated, the Study Committee must show that there are outstandingly remarkable values which are of regional, national, or state-wide significance.  The Study Committee has determined that the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers have these values.  The Study Committee must also show community support for designation.  This will be accomplished through meetings and discussion with community members, and ultimately by a vote at town meeting in each of the ten towns and villages.  If both of these are demonstrated, then legislation is brought to Congress, and if passed signed into law by the President.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What is an Outstandingly Remarkable Value (ORV)?

 To be eligible for designation, a river must be free-flowing and possess one or more outstandingly remarkable values (ORVs).  To be an ORV the resource must be of local, state, regional or national significance.  It must also be river-related such as:  within about 1/4 mile from the riverbank, contribute substantially to the functioning of the river ecosystem, and/or owe its location or existence to the river.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Under what categories do ORVs fall?

Typically ORVs are recreational (fishing, canoeing, hunting, sightseeing...), historical/cultural, scenic/aesthetic, or natural history (wildlife, plants, water quality, geology...).