Vermont Stormwater Management Manual Update

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Repackaged Manual
Designer Training
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March 1st, Pre Rulemaking Draft
Background


Repackaged Manual and Supporting Information 

The adopted 2017 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual (VSMM) Rule will become effective on July 1, 2017.  The DEC Stormwater Program has re-packaged the content of the adopted 2017 VSMM Rule document in a user-friendly, manual format, including of additional guidance, design schematics, and photos that will be useful to designers and the public in applying the Rule.  

2017 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual Rule and Guidance

The Stormwater Program is in the process of creating and revising application materials and supporting documentation that will be used in conjunction with the 2017 VSMM and expects to release these in early May. 


Designer Training

The  Stormwater Program will be offering several training events on the new Manual in May to support designers in their understanding of the new requirements and preparation of stormwater permit applications under the 2017 VSMM.  While all events are free, RSVP is required as seating at the venues is limited.  The Stormwater Program also expects to schedule additional opportunities for training and outreach as needed, beyond this first initial offering which focuses on permit application design and preparation. Each training event will include an overview of the new Manual with Stormwater Program staff, including applying the updated stormwater treatment standards under the new runoff-reduction approach and prioritized Water Quality Practice Selection framework.  The training will include a review of the stormwater treatment practice design requirements, including a review of changes to certain practices.   The training will also include a review of new application materials, supporting guidance, and application preparation tools, including design examples. The trainings will be geared towards the design and engineering communities, although all stakeholders are welcome to attend.

Training Events - RSVP  is required to secure a spot! Seating is limited. RSVP to Kevin.Burke@vermont.gov, unless otherwise noted below.

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (sign-in 8:30-9)
Where: Martin Memorial Hall, Weathersfield, Vermont (5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT 05030)
Presented in partnership with the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (www.torc.org) and the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (www.swcrpc.org)

When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (sign-in 8:30-9)
Where: Rutland Wastewater Treatment Facility, 10 Greenhill Lane, Rutland, Vermont. The treatment facility is located off West Street (Business Rte. 4), about a mile straight west of the intersection of Route 7 and Route 4.  Greenhill Lane starts at Central Vermont Motorcycles on Bus. Re. 4/West Street; turn south on Greenhill; the facility is on the right a couple hundred yards farther south.
To Register: Contact Daniel Hecht, GMWEA executive director, at dan.hecht@gmwea.org or 802-595-0997.  OR, go to www.gmwea.org to register online. If you previously RSVP’d for the Rutland event, your contact information has been forwarded to Daniel Hecht at GMWEA.
Presented in partnership with the Green Mountain Water Environment Association (www.gmwea.org). A light breakfast and snacks will be served.

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (sign-in 8:30-9)
Where: Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Offices, 110 West Canal Street, Suite 202, Winooski, Vermont
Presented in partnership with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (www.ccrpcvt.org)

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (sign-in 8:30-9)
Where: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Montpelier Office, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, Montpelier Room, Montpelier, Vermont

The Stormwater Program expects to schedule additional opportunities for training and outreach as needed, beyond this first initial offering which focuses on permit application design and preparation. Additionally, materials from the trainings will be posted here as they become available.


Rulemaking Process Has Been Completed

The Department is pleased to announce that the proposed 2017 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual Rule has completed the rulemaking process. The 2017 VSMM becomes effective on July 1, 2017. The proposed rule filed with LCAR includes changes made in response to  written public comment as well as comments submitted verbally  during a public hearing held October 25th, 2016 at the Pavillion Auditorium in Montpelier.  The rule and full filing package are available below. The proposed rule as filed for Rulemaking is reflective of proposed requirements, and is not reflective of guidance, schematics, photos, or other depictions that would serve as guidance, as previously had been included in the pre-rulemaking March 1, 2016 draft The Department expects to package the content of the adopted final rule in a manual format, with applicable guidance, including design schematics and photos, subsequent to the rulemaking process.  Guidance content may be revised by the Department outside of the rulemaking process. The Department will also develop application materials and outreach in support of  the new manual in the coming months. 

Final VSMM as Adopted

November 29th Final VSMM Filing with LCAR

Comments on the September 16th filing are summarized in the Response Summary below.  Individual comments are available upon request from Kevin Burke.

September 16th, 2016 Rule Filing with the Secretary of State, prior the public comment period.


March 1, 2016 Pre-Rulemaking Draft

The Stormwater Management Program has released a draft of the revised manual for comment.  A public meeting was held on March 15, 2016 at the Pavilion Auditorium in Montpelier. 

Comments were accepted through April 15, 2016.  Please contact Kevin Burke with questions or comments about the draft.

Comments Received 

The following comments were received by the Program from its external stakeholders.  The Program is working on reviewing these comments as well as internal feedback from our State partners.

Additional Resources

 The Stormwater Management Program will develop additional documents in support of Volume I of the VSMM. The following resources are not subject to rulemaking, but are provided here in draft format to aid interested parties in understanding the impact of the proposed changes. The documents provided below are currently undergoing further development and review by the program.


Background Documents

Historical documents on the stakeholder process starting in 2013 have been moved to the background page

 

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