Municipal Roads General Permit (MRGP)
The Municipal Roads General Permit is intended to achieve significant reductions in stormwater-related erosion from municipal roads, both paved and unpaved. Municipalities will implement a customized, multi-year plan to stabilize their road drainage system. The plan will include bringing road drainage systems up to basic maintenance standards, and additional corrective measure to reduce erosion as necessary to meet a TMDL or other water quality restoration effort. The permit is required by Act 64, the Vermont Clean Water Act, and the Lake Champlain Phase I TMDL.
For more information on the DEC Municipal Roads program and the development of the Municipal Roads General Permit, contact Jim Ryan by email or at (802) 490-6140.
Draft Municipal Roads General Permit (MRGP) for Public Review
The Stormwater Program is in the process of re-issuing the Municipal Roads General Permit. The previous MRGP was issued in January 2018 and expires in January 2023. Prior to the current permit's expiration, the Program is providing the draft new MRGP for public comment and hosting both an in-person and a virtual public meeting to discuss the changes.
- Draft Municipal Roads General Permit
- Public Notice and Public Meeting Information
- Municipal Roads General Permit Reissuance Presentation
- Road Erosion Inventory Scoring Template
- Roads with Closed Drainages REI Supplement for the 2023 Field Season
- Roads with Open Drainages REI Supplement for the 2023 Field Season
Application and Reporting Materials
- Annual Report - Annual Reports are due on April 1, 2022. Please complete the Annual Report and submit it using the ANROnline General Intake Form.
- MRGP Amendment Form for the Road Erosion Inventory (REI) submittal (Due December 31, 2020)
Towns were required to complete and submit REIs using DEC’s template before December 31, 2020. If your town has not yet submitted this requirement, please do so as soon as possible. REIs are conducted to determine which road segments meet or do not meet MRGP standards. The REIs serve as a basis to determine which roads will be required to be upgraded to meet MRGP standards. After submitting the town's REI data to the MRGP Implementation Portal, towns are required to compete the one-page permit Amendment Form certifying that the REI has been submitted.
Road Erosion Inventory (REI) & Implementation Table
Municipalities shall complete a Road Stormwater Management Plan (RSWMP) by December 31, 2020. The RSWMP consists of the municipality’s Implementation Table and results of the Road Erosion Inventory.
- 2022 MRGP Compliance Status
- MRGP Implementation Table Portal is an entry point for results of the Road Erosion Inventory, baseline and current summaries, and progress meeting the MRGP standards for towns.
- Road Erosion Inventory
- The Reporter for MRGP is a web-based solution for reporting town highway segment and outlet work completed to meet the MRGP standards.
- DEC’s Fieldworker Solution provides towns, or those working on their behalf, a way to complete the required Road Erosion Inventories and submit the data directly to DEC for scoring. Inventories submitted are pulled into the Portal and scored on a regular basis. The solution requires a mobile device.
- The supplements for Paved Roads with Catch Basins and Paved and Gravel Roads with Drainage Ditches outline the methodology for completing road inventories depending on MRGP road type.
- Hard copy of the Road Erosion Inventory
- Spring 2022 Newsletter
- MRGP presentation (PDF format, 4.6 MB file size)
- MRGP presentation (Powerpoint format, 27 MB file size)
- Methodology for determining GIS-derived municipal roads hydrologic connectivity proximity analysis
- Intermittent Stream Culvert Sizing Guidance
- Summary Sheet
Permit Fee Information
MRGP fees are established by the Legislature. The current fee schedule, 3 V.S.A § 2822, is available on the legislative website at: https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/03/051/02822. The sections relevant to the MRGP can be found beginning at 3 V.S.A § 2822 (j)(2).
- $240 Administrative processing fee due with the submittal of the Road Erosion Inventory and REI Permit Amendment form, if not already submitted. This was due December 31, 2020.
- $500-$1,800 Prorated annual operating fee (see prorated annual operating fee link for amount for your municipality). This is due before June 1, 2021 and every year thereafter.
- Prorated MRGP Annual Operating Fees
- Municipal Road Miles and Population for MRGP fees
- Final Municipal Roads General Permit
- Response to Comments received during the public comment period.
- MRGP NOI
Final Draft Municipal Roads General Permit (MRGP) Permit for Public Review