Village Wastewater Solutions Initiative

Villages form the heart of Vermont’s rural communities, but more than 200 villages lack community sewer systems, hampering revitalization. To overcome this challenge, Vermont has formed an interagency Village Wastewater Initiative Committee (VWIC) led by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The committee meets biweekly to discuss progress of the villages, development of tools and resources, and coordination between funders and service providers.

Natural Disasters and Man-Made Contaminants

Drought – The prospect of limited to severe drought has increased over the years.  In recent memory we have experienced short and long term drought conditions – from very dry summers to 1-2 years.  The mid-1960s, up to recent – 2001, 2015-16.  The ANR Drought Plan has been incorporated into the State Emergency Operations Plan.  

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Draft Permit Notices

Public Notice Information for Actions Proposed by the Indirect Discharge Program and Underground Injection Control Program

Underground Injection Control Rules

29 October 2014
(a) These Rules apply to discharges to injection wells. (b) These Rules are not intended to affect other existing regulations including, but not limited to, the Vermont Groundwater Protection Rule and Strategy and rules adopted by the Vermont Department of Health. (c) These Rules do not limit the powers of federal, state or local authorities to control existing or potential threats to human health or the environment.

Indirect Discharge Rules

30 April 2003
(a) These rules establish standards and procedures that the Secretary uses in reviewing permit applications for indirect discharges and in the issuance and administration of indirect discharge permits under the authority referenced in §14-101 above. These rules further implement the policies established in the Water Pollution Control Act (10 V.S.A. Chapter 47) and in the Groundwater Protection Act (10 V.S.A., Chapter 48). It is the purpose of these rules to insure that: (1) Indirect discharges comply with the provisions of the Vermont Water Quality Standards. Indirect Discharge Rules Page 2 (2) Indirect discharges and associated treatment and disposal systems are designed and constructed in a manner that will provide reliable protection of the public health, groundwater, and surface water during operation and maintenance. (3) New indirect discharges of sewage from systems with a design capacity of 6,500 gpd or more: (A) will not significantly alter the aquatic biota in the receiving waters, (B) will not pose more than a negligible risk to the public health, and (C) will be consistent with existing and potential beneficial uses of the waters.

Well Driller Licensing Rule

29 August 2002
The purpose of this rule is to protect public health and the environment by providing for the licensing of water and monitoring well drillers, the recording and reporting of each well drilled, and the closure of abandoned wells. The Water Well Advisory Committee is established as a forum for the well driller industry and other interested parties to advise and assist agency staff on well drilling and groundwater issues.


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