The shoreline is an important and sensitive area that connects the aquatic world with the adjacent upland. These “edge” areas provide essential habitat for fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, insects, and other wildlife. They also set the stage for good water quality, as the vegetation and natural forest duff layer along the shore infiltrate pollutant- and silt-laden stormwater runoff, keeping lake water clean.
If an activity will change, alter, or modify the course, current, or cross section of any watercourse within or along the boundaries of VT, that activity may be require a permit. The Rivers Program issues permits covering three general areas of activities. These three areas are:
Public notice listings (for public comment and appeals) are moving!
Permit applications DEEMED ADMINISTRATIVELY COMPLETE AFTER January 1st 2018 will be public noticed through the new Electronic Noticing Bulletin (ENB): http://dec.vermont.gov/permits/enb
Permit applications DEEMED ADMINISTRATIVELY COMPLETE PRIOR to January 1st 2018 will continue to be available here.
The Pesticide General Permit (PGP) (PDF, 505 KB) was issued pursuant to Vermont’s federally delegated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. The PGP provides coverage for discharges from the application of pesticides to, waters of the state for the following pesticide use patterns:
In accordance with the DEC Permit Expediting Procedure, the standard review times for given categories of applications are as follows:
Pesticides and chemicals other than pesticides: 180 days
Bottom barriers and powered mechanical devices: 75 days
Structural controls and biological controls: 180 days