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.

Join the Clean Water Conversation: July 12, 2017

DEC hosted a webinar to share information on the Clean Water Fund budget process and opportunities to provide input on next year’s allocations on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm (click here for the presentation slides).

Take the Online Questionnaire: Closed August 2, 2017

The Clean Water Fund Board posted their draft recommended Clean Water Fund Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Priorities (June 30, 2017) for public comment via an online questionnainare, July 3-August 2, 2017. Questionnaire results, as well as other public comments submitted via mail/email, will inform updates to the Clean Water Fund Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Priorities, to be posted again for public comment September 8-28, 2017.

Weigh-in on the Final Draft Clean Water Fund Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Priorities: September 8-28, 2017

The Clean Water Fund Board will post their final draft recommended Clean Water Fund Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Priorities for public comment following their September 5, 2017 Board meeting. Members of the public can submit comments on the final draft Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Priorities, September 8-28, 2017, by email to or by mail 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.