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Vermont Wetland Rules - 2010

10 July 2010
Vermont Wetland Rules, Vt. Code R. 12 004 056, Effective August 1, 2010. These rules are adopted under the authority of the Water Resources Panel of the Vermont Natural Resources Board (Panel) pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 6025(d)(5). This statute limits the applicability of these rules to those wetlands which are so significant that they merit protection in this program. Wetlands that are not significant should be assumed to have public value, and therefore may merit protection under other statutory or regulatory authority.

Vermont Wetland Rule Amendments - 2017

02 March 2017

Effective April 1, 2017 the Vermont Wetland Rules will change from the 2010 version to the recently approved 2017 Vermont Wetland Rules. The purpose of this rulemaking is primarily to make minor administrative updates to the Vermont Wetland Rules, last amended in 2010.

Procedure for Evaluating Petitions to Adopt, Amend or Repeal Surface Water and Wetland Rules

15 November 2013
DEC is issuing this "Procedure for Evaluating Petitions to Adopt, Amend or Repeal Surface Water and Wetland Rules" to provide guidelines for potential petitioners and other persons or entities interested in DEC's surface water and wetlands rulemaking. This procedure is intended to promote clear, transparent and consistent decision-making and assist petitioners and interested entities in submitting petitions during this interim period until the Secretary adopts a Department rule to supplant the NRB's Rules of Procedure. This procedure replaces the interim procedure of the same name signed on January 30, 2013.

Wetland Permit Information

Any activity within a Class I or II wetland or buffer zone which is not exempt or considered an "allowed use" under the Vermont Wetland Rules requires a permit. In order to obtain a permit, an applicant must show that they are unable to perform the activity outside of the wetland or buffer zone and that they are not lowering the quality of the wetland's protected functions and values.

Wetland Functions and Values: Open Space and Aesthetics

water, shrubs, and grasses of a valley wetland
Wetlands bring visual richness and variety to the landscape.
Many wetlands are visually rich environments because of their ecological interest and diversity. Historically, writers, artists, and photographers have been drawn to wetlands trying to capture the beauty on canvas and paper. Open wetlands, such as marshes, are often considered to be more attractive than shrub or forested wetlands.

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