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.
Visit the Clean Water Board Meetings webpage for upcoming meeting details and to view past meeting materials and minutes.
The State Fiscal Year 2024 Clean Water Budget Process
The Clean Water Budget Process for State Fiscal Year 2024 is underway. Subscribe to the Clean Water Stakeholder Listserv to be notified of upcoming Clean Water Board meetings, Public Hearings, and an opportunity to provide input on the draft State Fiscal Year 2024 Clean Water Budget.
Attend the Clean Water Board Meeting - October 18, 2022
The public is invited to attend the first Clean Water Board meeting of the State Fiscal Year 2024 Clean Water Budget process on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 2:30 pm. The Clean Water Board will review and approve the draft State Fiscal Year 2024 Clean Water Budget, including Clean Water Fund, Capital Bill, and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars, before posting for public comment.
Visit the Clean Water Board Meetings webpage for details and to RSVP.
Save the Date: Clean Water Budget Public Hearing - November 2, 2022
The public is invited to comment on the draft State Fiscal Year 2024 Clean Water Budget at the Clean Water Budget Public Hearing on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 8:30 am. Further details and instructions on how to RSVP will be posted on the Clean Water Board Meetings webpage soon.
Program Audit of the Clean Water Fund
Vermont Statute requires a Clean Water Fund audit be completed by an independent party by January 15, 2023. Visit Vermont Statutes Online 10 V.S.A. § 1389b for statutory language on the Clean Water Fund audit. The Vermont Agency of Administration posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an independent party to conduct the Program Audit of the Clean Water Fund. Currently no responses have been recieved and the Vermont Agency of Administration will be working with the Clean Water Board to draft recommendations on next steps for the Legislature.