The Department of Environmental Conserservation is hosting a monthly brown bag lecture series to inform stakeholders about the Vermont Clean Water Initiative. These lectures will focus on a different topic related to clean water activities every month. They are free and open to the public, both in person and online via webinar.
The Clean Water Fund was established in June of 2015 when Governor Shumlin signed into law Act 64, the Vermont Clean Water Act. 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 funding solution for the Fund, since this property transfer surcharge, as the Clean Water Fund’s sole revenue source, will sunset by July, 2018.
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 RCPP Program
This report summarizes annual State-only investments to address priority water quality problems across Vermont.¹ This first multi-agency investment report establishes the baseline of information that will be used to gauge progress in achieving the State’s clean water goals over time.