The Vermont Clean Water Fund was created by Act 64, also known as the Vermont Clean Water Act, which was passed by the legislature during the 2015 session and signed into law by Governor Shumlin on June 16, 2015. The law also established a Clean Water Fund Board to administer the Fund. The purpose of the Clean Water Fund is to provide additional state funds to help municipalities, farmers and others implement actions that will reduce pollution washing into Vermont’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands. The Fund is supported by a 0.2 percent surcharge on the property transfer tax on properties over $100,000. The challenge now facing the state is how to develop a long-term funding solution for the Fund. See the webpage on developing long term clean water funding recommendations for more information.
Public Participation Opportunities
Your participation in the Clean Water Fund budget process will help the State better understand public priorities for funding clean water improvements in Vermont’s lakes, rivers, and wetlands. There are many opportunities to participate! Please see the Clean Water Fund budget process webpage and upcoming Clean Water Fund Board meetings (open to the public) for more information.
Vermont Clean Water Initiative Annual Investment Report
The Vermont Clean Water Initiative Annual Investment Report, prepared by the Vermont Secretary of Administration, is an annual report series summarizing state investments to address priority water quality problems across Vermont.
- Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2016 Investment Report (December 2016)
- Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2017 Investment Report (January 2018)