Public Notice Annoucement: The State of Vermont is requesting public input on three DRAFT Clean Water Service Provider Guidance chapters from May 26 through June 27, 2022. The DRAFT guidance chapters are fundamental to the establishment of Basin Water Quality Councils, cover Clean Water Service Provider financial management, and provides guidance on Clean Water Service Provider governance.
Visit Public Notice section to view the DRAFT chapters and learn how to engage in this public process.
This page provides information on Vermont’s new Clean Water Service Delivery Act of 2019. Act 76 of 2019 establishes a water quality project delivery framework to support Vermont’s clean water goals. In addition to securing a new long-term funding source for the Clean Water Fund, three of the most fundamental aspects of this law are:
Provides assurances to meet non-regulatory targets: Act 76 prioritizes program delivery and funds for non-regulatory projects. Non-regulatory projects include sub-jurisdictional stormwater management practices and natural resource restoration projects such as floodplain reconnections, wetlands restoration, forestland best management practices, and forested riparian buffer restoration. While not required through existing regulatory programs, these projects are essential to achieve the water quality goals spelled out in the Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog TMDLs.
Establishes interim phosphorus reduction targets: Act 76 requires formula dispersal of funds for non-regulatory projects in the Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog basins. Formula is based on interim phosphorus reduction targets and a standard cost per unit phosphorus reduced, consistent with “pay for performance” models.
Clean Water Service Providers: Act 76 establishes new regional organizations called clean water service providers (CWSP). CWSPs will be established for each Tactical Basin Planning watershed in the Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog basins. CWSPs are responsible for partnering with Basin Water Quality Councils to identify, implement, operate, and maintain non-regulatory projects to meet non-regulatory interim phosphorus reduction targets.