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Vermont Wetland Rules

Vermont Wetland Rule

Vermont wetland rule amendments 2023

Effective February 10, 2023 the Vermont Wetland Rules changed from the 2020 version to the recently approved 2023 version.  Our November 1, 2022 public meeting presentation explains the extent of the changes.  The below bullet points summarize the changes:

  • Section 4.1: Adds language to clarify the Secretary’s statutory authority to reclassify wetlands in general or on a case-by-case basis.
  • Section 4.4: Adds language clarifying the purpose of the VSWI, the Secretary’s ability to edit existing mapped wetlands on the VSWI, and where the maps may be viewed by the public.
  • Section 4.6: Revises Presumptive Class II wetland list to Categorical Class II wetland list consistent with the general wetland determination.  Note that any categorical Class II wetland may be petitioned for Class III/non-jurisdictional status based on an evaluation of functions and values.
  • Section 8.3: Adds ENB noticing requirements for proposed general wetland determinations.
  • Section 8.5: Adds noticing requirements for statewide VSWI map edits reflecting general wetland determinations, as well as noticing requirements for map edits and revisions.
  • Appendix A: Adds Wards Marsh in West Haven and Eshqua Bog in Hartland as Class I wetlands.

Rule Procedures

Below are superseded versions of the Vermont Wetland Rules