Draft General Permit 3-9050 is a permit for stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. It is an important component of the Vermont Clean Water Act of 2015 (Act 64) and is designed to assist in the implementation of clean-up efforts in Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, and stormwater-impaired waters, while also protecting high quality surface waters statewide. This general permit covers all operational stormwater permitting, including new development, redevelopment, and permit renewal. Additionally, this general permit serves as the “Three-Acre General Permit” as required under the Vermont Clean Water Act.
What are the next steps?
- Draft General Permit 3-9050 is on public notice from 9/20/19- 12/02/19. A copy of the draft permit is available at the link below. As part of the public comment period, public meetings will be held as follows:
- October 28, 2019: Rutland Free Library, Fox Room at 10 Court Street, Rutland City, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
- October 29, 2019: Montpelier Pavilion Auditorium, at 109 State Street, Montpelier, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
- October 31, 2019: Milton Municipal Building, Community Room, at 43 Bombardier Road, Milton, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
- Public comments on the proposed permit are invited and must be received by November 28, 2019 through the DEC Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB). To submit comments through the Environmental Notice Bulletin you need to register and select to receive notices related to “General Permit 3-9050 for Operational Stormwater Discharge” under the “Watershed Management Division Stormwater” heading on the “My Subscription” page.
- See the ENB website https://dec.vermont.gov/permits/enb for information on registering for and commenting through the ENB. All comments received by the above date will be considered in formulation of the final General Permit 3-9050.
- The Agency is notifying property owners affected by the requirements for “three-acre sites” directly. Approximately 700 projects, including 8,000 landowners, will be notified. Property owners in the Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, and stormwater-impaired watersheds will be notified. Properties outside those watersheds will be notified at a later date.
- After the public comment period, the Agency will review comments, make any necessary changes to the General Permit, and then issue the Final General Permit and a summary of responses to comments.
- When the General Permit is final, the Agency will notify affected property owners and provide information on the application process. The Agency will also provide affected property owners a process for requesting a reconsideration of a "3-acre" designation.