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Clean Water Board


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

For more information, view the clean water funding factsheet or contact

Visit the Clean Water Board Meetings webpage for upcoming meeting details and to view past meeting materials and minutes.

Participate in 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/hearings and opportunities to provide input on the draft State Fiscal Year 2024 Clean Water Budget.

Comment on the Draft SFY 2024 Clean Water Budget, October 24 - November 22, 2022. Timeline depicting Clean Water Budget process

Vermont’s Clean Water Board is requesting public input on its draft State Fiscal Year 2024 Clean Water Budget, October 24 – November 22, 2022. Public input will help the Board prioritize funding for projects that improve water quality in Vermont’s lakes, streams, and wetlands. Weigh in by:

  • Completing this brief online questionnaire by November 22nd, 2022 at 4:00 pm and/or
  • Attending the November 2, 2022 Public Hearing (detials below)

Prior to commenting, the public is invited and encouraged to learn more about Vermont’s clean water funding, the annual budget process, and the proposed State Fiscal Year 2024 Clean Water Budget by viewinging the following informational materials: 

To request a printed copy of the questionnaire and/or educational materials, email with subject line "SFY 2024 Clean Water Budget Public Comment." Print copy questionnaire respones must be postmarked by November 22, 2022 and mailed to:

Attention: Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program
Department of Environmental Conservation
1 National Life Drive, Davis 3
Montepelier, VT 05620-3510

Upcoming Meeting: Clean Water Board Meeting - December 7, 2022

The public is invited to attend the final Clean Water Board meeting of the State Fiscal Year 2024 Clean Water Budget process on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 8:30 am. The Clean Water Board will review public comments recieved on draft State Fiscal Year 2024 Clean Water Budget and make its final State Fiscal year 2024 Clean Water Budget recommendation. 

Visit the Clean Water Board Meetings webpage for details and to RSVP. 

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. 

Clean Water Board Meetings

Subscribe to the Clean Water Stakeholder Listserv or visit the DEC Calendar to be notified of upcoming Clean Water Board meetings.

View a complete list of past Clean Water Board Meetings, including meeting agenda, materials, and minutes.

Clean Water Board Recommended Budgets by State Fiscal Year

Clean Water Initiative Annual Reports

This annual report series, prepared by the Secretary of Administration, summarizes state investments to address priority water quality problems across Vermont.