June 16th was a historic day and one to celebrate. Governor Peter Shumlin stood along the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington and in St. Albans – surrounded by municipal officials, farmers, legislators, business and environmental advocates in both locations – to sign the Vermont Clean Water Bill into law. The signing of the bill was split in two locations to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and leadership of many to see through the passage of the bill.
The Governor unveiled his clean water legislative agenda during his inaugural address last January which resulted in a clean water bill that received overwhelming support in the General Assembly. The new “Vermont Clean Water Act” sets in motion a new “Vermont Clean Water Initiative.” Key provisions of the Initiative will focus on:
- Reducing polluted runoff from farm fields;
- Addressing stormwater runoff from state and town highways;
- Requiring stormwater runoff reduction practices in downtowns and village centers;
- Restoring natural infrastructure – wetlands, floodplains, river corridors and forests – to reduce stormwater pollution and erosion and,
- Creating a new Clean Water Fund to assist communities and partners in targeted implementation of priority projects.
Stay tuned to this blog to learn how you can get involved soon!