WaterQuality

Water Quality

The quality of our water in Chittenden County is a fundamental part of providing clean drinking water, supporting our recreation and tourism industry, and becoming more resilient to flood events. The CCRPC assists our member municipalities and the state in working together to achieve these goals.

SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON:
COMMITTEES »
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES»
INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES »


COMMITTEES

CCRPC Clean Water Advisory Committee & MS-4 Sub-Committee

The Clean Water Advisory Committee (CWAC) oversees the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission activities and policy development regarding but not limited to, the Vermont Lake Champlain Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plan and its related plans and programs. The CWAC also has an MS-4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) Sub-Committee consisting of representatives of the nine municipalities and three agencies charged with carrying out the Regional Stormwater Education Program and the Chittenden County Stream Team as part of their Public Education, Outreach, Participation and Involvement permit requirements.

For all information related to the Clean Water Advisory Committee and the MS-4 Sub-Committee, including meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the committee page »


CCRPC Water Quality Funding Committee (ad hoc)

CCRPC has established an ad hoc Water Quality Funding Committee to review and draft recommendations for consideration by the CCRPC regarding the report recommending how to fund water quality improvements in the state over the long term. This report will be delivered to the Legislature by January 15th and is being prepared by the Office of the State Treasurer, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Taxes and other state agencies. See http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/cwi/cwf/future for more information.

Meeting # 2: January 23, 2017, 3:30pm – CCRPC Small Conference Room

Meeting # 1: December 7, 2016, 8:00am – CCRPC Small Conference Room


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES 

There are a variety of funding sources available for water quality planning and construction. Visit this page for an overview of funding sources from DEC, and see below for more information on current opportunities.

CCRPC Municipal Water Quality Assistance Available (Due 8/28) »
The CCRPC has funding available to help our municipalities scope/develop conceptual plans and cost estimates for any environmental mitigation activity to address highway runoff, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to address stormwater management for identified project locations. Development of these plans/cost estimates will assist municipalities in applying for various VTrans implementation grants. Projects funded will have a strong transportation link. Deadline: 4 p.m., Monday, August 28 via email to cdubin@ccrpcvt.org. The maximum award from the CCRPC is $20,000. An additional 20% non-federal cash match is required.

Municipal Roads Grant Funding Opportunity (Letters of Intent Due 7/5) »
Vermont’s Regional Planning Commissions and the Department of Environmental Conservation invite your municipality to participate in a new Municipal Roads Grants-In-Aid Pilot Project. The intent of this new pilot project is to provide funding for municipalities to implement best management practices on municipal roads ahead of the forthcoming DEC Municipal Roads General Permit.

Fiscal Year 2018 Grant Opportunities for Municipalities »  
There are a variety of funding sources available for municipalities during fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). This funding can be used for planning and construction projects related to water quality. This resource sheet provides information on what kinds of projects are eligible for each program, how much money is available, when applications are due and who to contact with more questions.


INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES

Vermont Clean Water Initiative: Act 64, Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL and Vermont’s Clean Water Goals (Presentation) »
Updated and presented to the CCRPC March 2016.

An Assessment of the Economic Value of Clean Water in Lake Champlain »
The regional economy, quality of life and tourism rely on clean water in Lake Champlain and its surrounding basin. This project, funded by an agreement awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the Lake Champlain Basin Program, explored elements of the relationship between water quality and property valuation, tourism expenditures and regional economic activity at various scales.

Rethink Runoff »
Rethink Runoff helps communities consider the impact of stormwater runoff in Chittenden County. Excess water from rain or snowmelt flows over surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets picks up pollutants such as oil and grease, chemicals, nutrients, metals and bacteria, flowing into stormwater systems or directly to the lake, streams, rivers or wetlands.

Chittenden County Stream Team »
The Chittenden County Stream Team is a project to engage citizens across an eight-town area (Burlington, Essex, Essex Junction, Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston & Winooski) to implement projects to reduce non-point source pollution and stormwater volume at the local level.

Chittenden County ECOS Plan Chapter 2.2 – Natural Systems »
See ECOS Plan sections 2.2.1 (Ecological Systems) and 2.2.2 (Scenic, Recreational, and Historic Resources) for specific details on goals relating to water quality.

Chittenden County ECOS Plan Water Quality Indicators »
A sustainable community preserves natural systems in order to maintain quality of soil, air and water and because they offer a richness that nurtures the human spirit. Healthy landscapes are necessary to sustain the complex myriad of plant and animal species that share our habitat. We are dependent on the surrounding landscapes for many resources such as food, water and fuel; for recreational opportunities and aesthetic values; and for vital natural processes such as water retention and recycling, air cleansing, carbon sequestration, and nutrient cycling. Preservation of our natural systems can help guide new growth into existing developed areas. In addition, a network of healthy natural systems and green infrastructure can make very important contributions to the overall prosperity of the region. Visit the ECOS Scorecard to view specific indicators that track Chittenden County’s water quality trends and data.

Chittenden County ECOS Natural Resources Analysis Report » 
The information from this report was used to help establish indicators and key issues in the ECOS Plan.

TMDL Information »
A TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Load is the calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet Vermont Water Quality Standards.

Flood Ready Vermont »
All over the state, select board members, planning commission members, town officials, planners, and citizens are working to make our communities flood resilient.

Clean Water Vermont »
The new Vermont Clean Water Initiative – Clean Water Vermont – reflects an exciting and growing collaboration among municipalities, state agencies, local and regional partners, farmers, businesses and the public to take action that will safeguard the public’s access to clean and safe water throughout the state.

United States Environmental Protection Agency »
The EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment.


CONTACT

For more information, please contact Dan Albrecht, CCRPC Senior Planner, at (802) 846-4490 x *29.