Antidegradation limits incremental lowering of water quality in lakes, rivers, and wetlands when applied during a permit review process. Any lowering of water quality must be found to be necessary to avoid substantial economic and social impacts. However, the surface water’s uses and values established in State law, such as swimming, boating, and fishing, must always be maintained and protected. Also included among those uses and values are the use of a surface water by fish, wildlife, and other living things, as well as the physical habitat that supports aquatic life.
Clean Water Act
Vermont is participating in the 2022 National Clean Watersheds Needs Survey. The survey starts March 1, 2022 and ends April 28, 2023 and performed by US EPA with participation from all of the States. The survey collects reports and cost information for all of the projects that are planned and needed by states and municipalities to comply with our Clean Water Act obligations. EPA will then compile the survey information and create a report to Congress.
Clean Water Service Provider Rule - Description of Changes Authorized by the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules
Vermont waterways nurture ecosystem wellbeing, supply safe drinking water, strengthen tourism, buoy property values, and provide recreational opportunities like fishing, swimming, and boating.
Upcoming Clean Water Lecture Series to Highlight Implementation of Vermont's Clean Water Act
Vermont Clean Water Fund Board Seeks Public Input on Proposed Budget, Deadline for Comment is September 28th
The Clean Water Fund Board is accepting public comments on their final draft recommended Clean Water Fund Budget for the next State fiscal year.