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Public Input Sought on Clean Water Fund

The Vermont Clean Water Fund and its board were created by Act 64, also known as the Vermont Clean Water act, which was passed by the legislature during the 2015 session and signed by Governor Shumlin on June 16, 2015.

The Clean Water Fund will provide direct financial support to municipalities, farmers, businesses, and citizens to take actions that will reduce pollution washing into Vermont’s waterways.  Under a draft proposal presented to the Clean Water  Board, the Fund would distribute nearly $2 million in 2016 for projects that will increase flood resilience, reduce stream bank erosion, expand water quality monitoring, and much more. Nearly $8 million is proposed for 2017, which devotes a total of $10 million over the next two years to improve Vermont’s waters.

The Clean Water Fund Board, which administers the Fund, includes representatives from the agencies of Administration, Agriculture, Farm and Markets, Commerce and Community Development, Natural Resources and Transportation.

The Board is charged with developing a spending proposal for the Clean Water Fund, which will be used by the Agency of Administration for the State budget that is transmitted to the Legislature. The Board met at the beginning of September and approved a draft proposal.

The public may submit electronic or written comments on this draft spending proposal by 4:30 PM October 20, 2015. Please reference the Vermont Clean Water Fund in your submission. Electronic comments can be sent to the following email address: anr.wsmderp@vermont.gov

Written comments can be mailed to: Vermont Clean Water Fund Department of Environmental Conservation, 1 National Life Drive, Main 2, Montpelier, VT 05602

For additional information about the Clean Water Fund Board, the process and the draft proposal, please contact Kari Dolan, Manager, Clean Water Initiative Program, at kari.dolan@vermont.gov or (802) 490-6113 or on our website: http://cleanwater.vermont.gov/