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Vermont Clean Water Initiative Released

posted Nov 17, 2014, 10:48 AM by Lyn Munno
Vermont’s Clean Water Initiative was released today by the Agency of Natural Resources. Required by the Vermont General Assembly, this report outlines the priority actions needed to improve water quality statewide and recommends funding options to meet the first stage of funding needs for these improvement programs. This report also fulfills an obligation to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which is overseeing Vermont’s efforts to control pollution into Lake Champlain.

Written in collaboration with the Agency of Transportation, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and the Agency of Agriculture, Foods and Markets, the report summarizes lessons learned from previous clean water efforts and recommends strategies for building on those lessons to restore and protect the state’s waters. The strategies include:
  • increasing the capacity of state and local partners to meet clean water goals; 
  • updating accepted farming and logging practices; 
  • improving stormwater runoff management in parking lots and roads; 
  • restoring and protecting river corridors, floodplains, wetlands, and forest cover; and 
  • increasing investments in municipal wastewater treatment infrastructure. 
Implementing these practices will benefit water quality, safeguard Vermont’s tourism industry, and create new jobs. The report also outlines potential funding initiatives, including a mix of federal, state, and private funds, for the legislature to consider.

State agencies will be working with federal partners, municipalities, farmers, businesses, loggers, environmental advocates, and landowners to implement the priority actions as part of the clean water initiative to reduce phosphorus runoff in the Lake Champlain Basin and statewide. These coordinated efforts will serve as a model for water quality actions to be applied across the state.

To download the report, go to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Restoring Lake Champlain website.

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Press Release: November 17, 2014. Contact: David Mears, 802-828-1556