The Vermont Clean Water Act (VCWA) was signed into law on June 17, 2015. The SWCRPC, through a grant from the VT Department of Environmental Conservation, will assist with the implementation of the Act. Implementation activities will focus on improving water quality and assisting municipalities in meeting the requirements of the Act
The SWCRPC will work with municipal staff and boards to provide information about the requirements for municipalities triggered by the VCWA and also work with them on options such as stronger municipal protections against flood hazards and river corridor erosion, stormwater master planning, and other town plan or zoning changes to improve water quality. SWCRPC staff will update fluvial erosion hazard/river corridor maps for the towns and assist them with compiling existing information to use in developing implementation plans under the Municipal Road General Permit (MRGP). As part of DEC’s Tactical Basin Planning program, the SWCRPC will work closely with DEC staff to facilitate municipal participation in the development of the update to the Basin 10 Tactical Basin Plan.
The following fact sheets help illustrate the requirements of the VCWA:
- Clean Water Report of 1/15/2017
- What does the Clean Water Initiative mean?
- Timeline of Deliverables for the Dept of Environmental Conservation
- Clean Water Act and Municipal Transportation Fact Sheets, Rules and Timelines
- Water Quality Grants
- Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs), Rules and Timelines
- Ditches Factsheet – Surface Water Drainage Ditches can be very effective in removing sediment and excess nutrients before entering waterways, if they are maintained once properly installed.
The Agency of Natural Resources is sponsoring a “Brown Bag Lunch Series” in person or online. Please see our calendar for upcoming lectures and click here for more information.
In November 2015, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources released a new website that focuses on the new Clean Water Initiative called “Clean Water Vermont”. It reflects an exciting and growing collaboration among municipalities, state agencies, local and regional partners, farmers, businesses and the public to take action that will safeguard the public’s access to clean and safe water throughout the state. The website includes information about Act 64 and its implementation, the “Lake Champlain Plan” and more – http://cleanwater.vermont.gov/