Vermont's clean water funding helps municipalities, farmers, and others implement projects that will reduce nutrient and sediment pollution from all sectors: agriculture; developed lands, including stormwater and roads; unstable streambanks and lakeshores; and wastewater. Clean water projects also protect public health and safety, support Clean Water Act compliance, increase flood resilience, enhance recreation, improve fish and wildlife habitat, save money over the long-term and leverage federal funds.
Vermont’s clean water funding comprises Capital Funds and the Clean Water Fund with revenue from the Meals and Rooms Tax Allocation, Property Transfer Tax Surcharge and unclaimed bottle deposits.
Recommendations for how state Clean Water Funding is allocated are made by the Clean Water Board, with representation from five state agency secretaries: Administration; Agriculture, Food and Markets; Commerce and Community Development; Natural Resources; and Transportation. In addition, four members of the public are appointed by the Governor.
State Fiscal Year 2021 Clean Water Budget Process
The image at right shows the State Fiscal Year 2021 clean water budget process. The Clean Water Board requested public input on State Fiscal Year 2021 clean water funding priorities and the draft budget via online questionnaire (PDF version linked) from July 22nd to September 6th. The Board reviewed results of the public comment period at its October 22nd meeting before making its final State Fiscal Year 2021 budget recommendation. See the State Fiscal Year 2021 clean water budget process at right for next steps.