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.



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


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) Subcommittee 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.

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.

Smart Waterways »
The Chittenden County Regional Stormwater Education Program (RSEP) was formed in 2003 to encourage area residents to get personally involved in reducing storm water pollution in Lake Champlain. The effort is conducted as part of public education measures required by federal Environmental Protection Agency storm water system permits.

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.


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