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Announcing: The Vermont Clean Water Initiative

2022 Performance Report

The Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2022 Performance Report released January 13, 2023; highlights water quality progress achieved through public investment. The Report details how $337 million of state investment in water quality projects over the last seven years has been put to work to reduce and prevent pollution washing into Vermont’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands.

The Report also summarizes progress implementing Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog phosphorus pollution reduction requirements, necessary to restore water quality. In these lakes, excess phosphorus contributes to potentially toxic cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) blooms and excessive plant growth that can impact the lakes’ recreational use and harm aquatic life.

The public is invited to explore summarized investment data, project output measures, estimated pollutant reduction, and cost effectiveness data from the Report in the Clean Water Interactive Dashboard.

The Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a virtual event on Thursday, February 9th, 2023, from 12:00 to 12:45 pm to present the 2022 Performance Report and its companion online Clean Water Interactive Dashboard as part of the 2023 Clean Water Conversation Series. For more information and to register, visit the Clean Water Conversation Series webpage.

Before (left) and after (right) removal of the Camp Wihakowi dam. Removal of this 100-foot-long concrete dam reconnected 26 stream miles of the Bull Run, a tributary to the Dog River in Northfield, Vermont. The removal was funded by the Department of Environmental Conservation in partnership with Friends of the Winooski River and completed October 2021.

Upcoming: Clean Water Board Meeting

Clean Water Board Meeting - February 22, 2023, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

  • Meeting Purpose: The Clean Water Board will review the Governor's recommended SFY 2024 Clean Water Budget and updated Clean Water Fund revenue projections, as well as address other business beyond annual Clean Water Budget cycles. Other business includes consultation on the draft Nutrient Trading Recommendation Report (Act 76 of 2019 Sec.7) and review and approve the updated Clean Water Fund Expenditure Contingency Plan.

  • RSVP: Please RSVP by completing this online RSVP form, by Tuesday, February 21st at 4:00 pm. The RSVP form will request you indicate the following:

    • If you plan to attend in-person at the physical meeting location. A list of in-person visitors must be sent to site security staff ahead of time.

    • If you wish to sign-up to comment during the public comments portion of the agenda.

    • If assistance is needed to participate in the public meeting.

  • Attend Remotely: The meeting will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams. Join Microsoft Teams Meeting for full meeting audio and visual. If you require a call-in option to participate (e.g., computer does not have a microphone), dial +1 802-828-7667 and enter phone conference ID: 664 397 894#.

  • Physical Location to Attend in Person: Public who wish to attend in person may join us at the Agency of Natural Resources, One National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05602 in the Catamount Room (Davis Building, Second Floor, Room D215). Please indicate, using the online RSVP form, if you wish to join in person.

  • Agenda and Materials: To be posted on the Clean Water Board Meetings webpage in advance.

Contact with questions about the upcoming Board meeting. For more information visit the Clean Water Board webpage.

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