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Rivers Permit Information

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: 

Vermont Stream Alteration Rule

10 March 2017
The Stream Alteration Rule regulates activities that take place in or along streams. A permit is required for movement, excavation, or fills involving 10 or more cubic yards annually in any perennial stream. Permits are intended to prevent the creation of flood hazards, protect against damages to aquatic life, and protect the rights of neighboring landowners. The types of activities that are regulated include streambank stabilization, road improvements that encroach on streams, bridge construction or repair, and utility crossings under streambeds. This Rule applies to stream alterations in both emergency and non-emergency circumstances.

Vermont Standard River management Principles and Practices

12 June 2015
This document defines practices and decision-making processes to assist state and federal agencies, municipalities, non profit organizations, and landowners with river management techniques that reduce future flood and erosion risks. This document is needed to break the cycle of flood recovery activities that leave post-flood river channels located near public infrastructure and private property more impacted and more vulnerable to damages from future flooding.

Agency Procedure for Determining Acceptable Minimum Stream Flows

14 July 1993
The intent of this procedure is to assure a consistent process is used in determining acceptable minimum stream flows when there are existing or potential competing uses of the water. This does not necessarily mean that a uniform minimum stream flow number will be reached in every case. What it does mean is that the minimum stream flow numbers will be derived using a consistent procedure.

LaRosa Volunteer Monitoring

The LaRosa Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Analytical Services Partnerships
                                                           (LaRosa Partnership)   

Monitoring


Collage including several stoneflies on a rock, a 9-inch trout next to a ruler, a man wading with net


The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation's Watershed Management Division monitors the water quality of lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and wetlands across Vermont.

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