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Welcome to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

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Canoe on Osmore Pond

Watershed Management Division

The division’s primary mission is to protect, maintain, enhance and restore the quality of Vermont's surface water resources; for 800 lakes and ponds; 23,000 miles of rivers and streams; and 300,000 acres of wetlands.

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Water Investment Division

Home to the Clean Water Initiative, Water Infrastructure Financing, Watershed Planning, Dam Safety, and Agency Facilities Engineering Programs; staff administers funding programs, develops plans for water basins, assists municipalities, and provides project engineering and implementation services.

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Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division

The Division manages Vermont’s drinking water supplies, protects the quality and quantity of Vermont’s groundwater resources, and regulates wastewater disposal activities that could adversely affect groundwater.

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Air Quality and Climate Division

AQCD implements Clean Air Acts by monitoring and regulating air quality and air pollution sources.

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Waste Management and Prevention Division

The Waste Management and Prevention Division oversees the use, treatment and handling of hazardous and solid wastes.

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Geology Division

The Geology Division protects public health and safety through geologic mapping and identification of natural hazards.

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You may now submit permit applications, compliance reports and fee payments through new online forms, links to the forms are below and may also be found on specific Division pages:


                        Air Quality and Climate Division Form
                        Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division Form
                        Waste Management and Prevention Division Form
                        Watershed Management Division Form


Permit navigator screenNew Permit Navigator Tool Available
The Agency of Natural Resources has developed a Permit Navigator to assist in determining what permits may be needed for projects being planned.  Use the site to learn about various Agency permits.