The Legislature, through the Groundwater Protection Rule and Strategy, has established groundwater in the state as a resource held in trust for the public.
There are four classes of groundwater:
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.
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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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Protecting the Hidden Resource We All Depend On
Designers of water supply and wastewater treatment systems regulated under the Environmental Protection Rules, Chapter 1, Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Rules (WWR), are described in Subchapter 7 - Designer Licensing.
Public Notice Information for Actions Proposed by the Indirect Discharge Program and Underground Injection Control Program
(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
(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.
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
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(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
(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.