VT Clean Water Initiative

Clean Water Initiative Mean_logoThe Vermont Clean Water Initiative focuses on reducing sediment and nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen) pollution across the State from six major sources. The Initiative will also help finance actions using a new Clean Water Fund. The Vermont Clean Water Initiative has statutory support to strengthen efforts aimed at reducing water pollution, thanks to the Vermont Clean Water Act (Act 64) which was signed into law on June 16, 2015. Addition information on the Vermont Clean Water Initiative is available from a Clean Water Initiative Overview .

Through a grant provided from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) has initiated an enhanced outreach effort focused on improving water quality in the Otter Creek and its tributaries under the Vermont Clean Water Initiative.

ACRPC will be working with municipal staff and boards to provide information about the requirements for municipalities triggered by the Vermont Clean Water Act and assist with land use policy options such as stronger municipal protections against flood hazards and river corridor erosion, stormwater master planning, and other town plan or zoning changes to improve water quality. ACRPC staff will assist municipalities with compiling existing information to use in developing implementation plans under the municipal roads general permit. In addition, ACRPC will provide assistance to the Addison County River Watch Collaborative (ACRWC) to facilitate a review of their water quality sampling sites with municipalities in focus watersheds. In addition to facilitating municipal input, the ACRPC will assist in identifying areas of high sediment and nutrient run-off.

As part of DEC’s Tactical Basin Planning Program, ACRPC will work closely with DEC staff and the Otter Creek Basin Planner to support municipal participation in the implementation of the Otter Creek Tactical Basin Plan and in tracking completed projects.

UPDATE – The Otter Creek Tactical Basin Plan revision was approved in December 2019 and is moving into the implementation phase.

For more information on ACRPC’s role under the Vermont Clean Water Initiative contact Kevin Behm at kbehm@acrpc.org or 802-388-3141.

Addison County Regional Planning Commission | 14 Seminary Street Middlebury, VT 05753 | 802.388.3141 |

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