Stormwater Program

collage of Stormwater BMPs - swaled area next to parking lot, raingarden, retention ponds

The management of stormwater runoff is at once a simple concept and a complex problem. Precipitation runs off impervious surfaces rather than infiltrating into the soil. The cumulative impact resulting from the increased frequency, volume, and flow rate of stormwater runoff can lead to destabilization of downstream channels and can also result in increased pollutant loading to waterways.

The Stormwater Management Program provides regulatory oversight and technical assistance to ensure proper design and construction of stormwater treatment and control practices as well as construction-related erosion prevention and sediment control practices, necessary to minimize the adverse impacts of stormwater runoff to surface waters throughout Vermont.

What's New

  • Vermont Construction General Permit (CGP) 3-9020 was amended and resissued on February 19, 2020, along with updates to the Low Risk Handbook for Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control and The Vermont Standards and Specifications for Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control.  The new CGP will take effect 90 days from the date of issuance on May 19, 2020.  Please see the Stormwater Program’s construction stormwater discharge permitting page for information on the amended and reissued CGP.
  • The revised Stormwater Rule became effective on March 15, 2019. See the Stormwater Permitting Rule Update page for more information.
  • FAQ for Title Attorneys

WSMD - Watershed Management Home