The Vermont Clean Water Fund was created by Act 64, also known as the Vermont Clean Water Act, which was passed by the legislature during the 2015 session and signed into law by Governor Shumlin on June 16, 2015. The law also established a Clean Water Board to administer the Fund. The purpose of the Clean Water Fund is to provide additional state funds to help municipalities, farmers and others implement actions that will reduce pollution washing into Vermont’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands. The Fund is supported by a 0.2 percent surcharge on the property transfer tax on properties over $100,000. See the Clean Water Fund factsheet for more information.
The challenge now facing the state is how to develop a long-term funding solution for the Fund. See the webpage on developing long term clean water funding recommendations for more information.
Subscribe to the Clean Water Initiative Stakeholders email list to receive notifications on Clean Water Board meetings and the Clean Water Fund budget process.
Public Participation Opportunities
Your participation in the Clean Water Fund budget process will help the Clean Water Board better understand public priorities for funding clean water improvements in Vermont’s lakes, rivers, and wetlands. There are many opportunities to participate, including attending Clean Water Board meetings (open to the public). For more information, see the Clean Water Fund budget process webpage.
Help Inform Vermont's Clean Water Budget - Responses due December 9, 2018
The Clean Water Board is requesting public input on the state’s draft fiscal year 2020 clean water budget. Weigh in by completing this online questionnaire, open Thursday, November 15 through Sunday, December 9, 2018.
Draft State Fiscal Year 2020 Clean Water Budget (November 13, 2018)
Clean Water Fund State Fiscal Year 2020 Questionnaire (Responses due December 9, 2018)
July 2018 Public Comment Period - Closed July 31, 2018
The Clean Water Board collected public input on the State Fiscal Year 2020 clean water funding priorities via online questionnaire, July 2-31, 2018.
Join the Clean Water Conversation - July 12, 2018
The Clean Water Conversation was held July 12, 2018 to share information on the Clean Water Fund budget process and opportunities to provide input on next year’s allocations.
Vermont Clean Water Initiative Annual Investment Report
The Vermont Clean Water Initiative Annual Investment Report, prepared by the Vermont Secretary of Administration, is an annual report series summarizing state investments to address priority water quality problems across Vermont.
- Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2017 Investment Report (January 2018)
- Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2017 Investment Report Executive Summary
- Summary of 2017 Investment Report by Watershed (Appendix A):
- Batten Kill, Walloomsac, Hoosic (Hudson) Rivers (Bennington County)
- Black, Ottauquechee Rivers (Primarily Windsor, Rutland Counties)
- Deerfield River (Bennington, Windham Counties)
- Lamoille River (Caledonia, Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans Counties)
- Lake Memphremagog (Primarily Orleans, Essex Counties)
- Missisquoi Bay (Primarily Franklin, Orleans Counties)
- Northern Lake Champlain (Primarily Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle Counties)
- Ompompanoosuc, Stevens, Waits, Wells Rivers (Caledonia, Orange, Windsor Counties)
- Otter, Little Otter, Lewis Creeks (Primarily Chittenden, Rutland Counties)
- Passumpsic River (Primarily Caledonia, Essex Counties)
- South Lake Champlain (Primarily Addison, Rutland Counties)
- Upper Connecticut River (Caledonia, Essex Counties)
- West, Williams, Saxtons Rivers (Primarily Bennington, Windham, Windsor Counties)
- White River (Addison, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windsor Counties)
- Winooski River (Primarily Chittenden, Lamoille, Orange, Washington Counties)
- Multi-Watershed and Statewide
- Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2016 Investment Report (December 2016)
Other Legislative Reports
- 2018 Report on Federal Funding Related to Water Quality Improvement Efforts in Vermont (August 2018)
- List of Clean Water Initiative Programs and Projects Receiving Capital Funding in the First Four Months of FY2018 (November 2017)
- Federal Funding Related to Water Quality Improvement Efforts in Vermont, Interim Report (September 2017)