As Feds Weaken Wetlands Rules, Locals Eye Greater Protections for Otter Creek Swamps

Members of Middlebury College and the state wetlands program visit the Otter Creek wetlands. Photo courtesy of VPR.

Otter Creek is the largest wetland in the State of Vermont, stretching 15 miles through Addison and Rutland counties. As the current presidential administration rolls back national wetland protection rules, local groups seek stronger protections for the Otter Creek wetland. This wetland is a valuable resource, not only for its rare and diverse species, but also for its ability to absorb floodwaters. The wetlands and floodplains along the Otter Creek are credited with protecting the town of Middlebury from more than $1.8 million of flood damage during Tropical Storm Irene.

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