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The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) has been selected by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to serve as the Clean Water Service Provider (CWSP) for the Northern Lake Champlain Basin.

As a CWSP, CCRPC will play a pivotal role in the implementation of Vermont’s Clean Water Service Delivery Act (also known as Act 76). Act 76 provides funding to CWSPs for “boots on the ground” project delivery for non-regulatory clean water projects. These projects could include small scale stormwater management practices and natural resource restoration projects (floodplain reconnections, wetlands restoration, vegetated buffer planting).

SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON:

WHAT IS A CLEAN WATER SERVICE PROVIDER (CWSP)? »
ACT 176 »
THE NORTHERN LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN (BASIN 5) »
BASIN WATER QUALITY COUNCIL »
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS / REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS »
POTENTIAL PROJECTS »
CURRENT PROJECTS »
PROJECT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES »
CWSP POLICIES AND PROCEDURES »
CONTACT »


WHAT IS A CLEAN WATER SERVICE PROVIDER (CWSP)?

The Clean Water Service Delivery Act of 2019 (Act 76) establishes a water quality project delivery framework to support Vermont’s clean water goals. Act 76 establishes new regional organizations called Clean Water Service Providers (CWSPs). With policy and priority support setting from their related Basin Water Quality Councils (BWQCs), 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.

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ACT 76

In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced a pollution control plan – also referred to as a total maximum daily load (TMDL) – for Lake Champlain to address water quality concerns. The plan required Vermont to complete 28 milestones. Meeting these milestones would demonstrate Vermont’s ability to restore polluted water.

With the passage of Act 76, the Clean Water Service Delivery Act, Vermont is on track to meet every milestone by mid-2019. Act 76 will be the funding and project delivery framework to ensure essential water quality projects achieve Vermont’s clean water goals. By committing nearly $15 million in general fund revenue in the coming fiscal year to support clean water projects, and more than $20 million annually for the foreseeable future, which in turn will leverage other funding sources resulting in an estimated annual clean water investment of more than $50 million, Act 76 satisfies one of the most significant outstanding milestones: to secure sustainable, long-term funding needed to support this important work.

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THE NORTHERN LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN (BASIN 5)

View a map of the Northern Lake Champlain Basin (click image to enlarge):

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BASIN WATER QUALITY COUNCIL

Clean Water Service Providers (CWSPs) must convene a BWQC in each basin. The Basin 5 BWQC will establish policy and guide decisions on project prioritization and selection of clean water projects for funding. The CWSP will oversee identification, implementation, and operation of those projects to achieve pollution reduction targets for non-regulatory projects for the Northern Lake Champlain Direct Drainage Basin. BWQC members are appointed from among persons knowledgeable on clean water topics. For more information, including a meeting schedule, agendas and minutes, visit the Basin 5 Water Quality Council webpage »

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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS / REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS »

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), in its role as the Clean Water Service Provider (CWSP) for the Northern Lake Champlain Direct Drainages Basin (Basin 5) is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The purpose of this RFQ is to identify Municipalities & Organizations willing to serve as Project Managers/Implementors. Responses are due 5 p.m. EST, August 31, 2022. | View the RFQ » | Download the Response Template (Word Document) »

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POTENTIAL PROJECTS

List of potential projects and descriptions.

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CURRENT PROJECTS

List of current projects and descriptions.

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PROJECT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

List of project funding opportunities.

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CWSP POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

List of policies and procedures.

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CONTACT

For more information, contact Dan Albrecht, CCRPC Senior Planner: dalbrecht@ccrpcvt.org or (802) 861-0133.

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