Clean Water Service Providers Sought

Posted on February 10th, 2020 to Announcements

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has released a Request for Proposals for a Clean Water Service Providers (CWSP). The CWSP would be a new regional organization established under Act 76 of the 2019 Vermont legislature. CWSPs will be established for each Tactical Basin Planning watershed in the Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog basins. CWSPs will administer formula-based State grants for the purpose of identifying, constructing, and maintaining non-regulatory water quality projects necessary to achieve the Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog phosphorus TMDLs and other pollutant reduction targets both inside and beyond these specific basins. Formula grants received by CWSPs will be based on a standard allocation reflecting targets for non-regulatory phosphorus and other pollutant reductions to be established by the State of Vermont for all basins. Operation and maintenance funds will also be provided to CWSPs as a formula grant, based on projects implemented. CWSPs will neither be restricted from applying for other competitive grants, nor receive preference for receiving other competitive grants simply on the basis of being a CWSP. For more information, visit the DEC’s Act 76 website.

The ACRPC has submitted an application to take on the role of the CWSP for the Otter Creek Basin – the application is here – ACRPC_Basin3_CWSP_Proposal_final (160 pages)

Also, the DEC has been developing a rule to assign the CWSP for each basin and promulgate the administrative governance structure for CWSP activities. A public draft of the rule is here – Draft CWSP Rule 10.2.20 PUBLIC

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