Service Provider Network and Contacts

The Clean Water Service Provider Network

In consultation with the Advisory Committee, a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit Clean Water Service Providers (CWSPs) for the Lake Champlain and Memphremagog Basins was developed and issued for public comment January 3 – January 24, 2020. The Division addressed written comments in a comprehensive responsiveness summary.

On July 13, 2020 the Department of Environmental Conservation identified the following entities to serve as CWSPs for the Lake Champlain and Memphremagog Basins. Formula grants will be awarded on an annual basis to CWSPs for terms beginning July 1, 2022. CWSPs may serve through the end of their term, with the opportunity to continue service beyond their term end dates, should they be re-assigned.

Basin (ID) CLean Water SErvice Provider (CWSp) Back-up CWSP Term Ends
Memphremagog (Basin 17) Vermont Housing Conservation Board Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission June 30, 2028
Missisquoi (06) and Lamoille (07) Northwest Regional Planning Commission Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission June 30, 2027
North Lake (05) Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Northwest Regional Planning Commission June 30, 2026
Winooski (08) Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission June 20, 2029
Otter Creek (03) Addison County Regional Planning Commission Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission June 30, 2025
South Lake (02 and 04) Rutland Regional Planning Commission, in collaboration with the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission June 30, 2028

Basin Water Quality Councils

Pursuant to Act 76, each basin with a CWSP will also have a Basin Water Quality Council, or BWQC. Act 76 states that the purpose of a basin water quality council is to establish policy and make decisions for the clean water service provider regarding the most significant water quality impairments that exist in the basin and prioritizing the projects that will address those impairments based on the basin plan. 

Per statute, BWQCs are nine seat councils, made up of the following:

  • Two persons representing natural resource conversation districts in the basin
  • Two persons representing regional planning commissions in the basin
  • Two persons representing local watershed protection organizations in the basin
  • Two persons representing municipalities in the basin
  • One person representing a land conservation organization in the basin

DEC Contacts

Angie Allen, Otter Creek (Basin 03), Southern Lake Champlain (Basins 2/4) Watershed Planner

Ben Copans, Memphremagog (Basin 17), Supervising Planner

Chris Rottler, CWSP Coordinator

Emily Bird, CWIP Program Manager

Ethan Swift, Watershed Planning Program Manager

Gianna Petito, CWIP Grants Manager

Helen Carr, CWIP Tracking and Accounting Coordinator

Karen Bates, Missisquoi, Winooski, Northern Lake Champlain (Basin 5) Watershed Planner

Neil Kamman, Water Investment Division Director