Clean Water Fund

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 this factsheet on the Clean Water Fund budget process and opportunities for public participation for more information.

Additional Clean Water Fund Public Comment Period: Responses Due October 31, 2017

The Clean Water Fund Board is holding a third public comment period before finalizing its fiscal year 2019 budget recommendation. This public comment period only focuses on $2.3 million additional bond premium funds, made available by Vermont's sale of general obligation bonds. The Board is proposing to support innovative projects with these funds, summarized in Table 10 of the draft Vermont Clean Water Fund fiscal year 2019 budget. Help the Board prioritize these projects by completing this online questionnaire. The Board will use the results of this questionnaire to finalize its budget recommendation during its November 6, 2017 meeting. 

The deadline to complete the questionnaire is 4:30 pm, Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

If you have any questions, or if you need a hard copy of this questionnaire to respond, please contact Emily Bird at or 802-490-4083. Mailed comments must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 31, 2017 and sent to:

Attention: Vermont Clean Water Initiative
Department of Environmental Conservation
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522

Vermont Clean Water Initiative Investment Report

The Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2016 Investment Report, prepared by the Vermont Clean Water Fund Board, is the first in a new annual report series. The annual report series summarizes annual State investments to address priority water quality problems across Vermont. 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.