Announcements / Progress

State Agencies Issue Annual Green Stormwater Infrastructure Progress Reports

In 2012, Governor Shumlin created Executive Order 06-12 that established the Green Infrastructure Council requiring the affected state agencies of Commerce and Community Development, Natural Resources, Administration (BGS) and Transportation to develop work plans and report on progress affecting the promotion and use of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) as an alternative approach to managing stormwater. The different state agencies have released their respective progress reports indicating that a great deal has been accomplished over the last 12 months. Notable highlights of progress include:

  • Green Infrastructure (GI) Collaborative created, a partnership between the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program at UVM to advance awareness and application of GI across Vermont;
  • Continued the GI Roundtable and ongoing implementation of the Vermont GI Strategic Plan 2014 – 2019;
  • Integrating GSI into the guidance on flood resilience and disaster recovery;
  • Development of a stormwater auditing process for state lands and buildings producing a prioritized list of properties with GSI suitability scores for each property;
  • GSI practices and techniques installed on these state owned properties – Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery; Lamoille County Courthouse, state office buildings in Hyde Park and Waterbury;
  • Completed and initiated GSI design and implementation projects through DEC’s Ecosystem Restoration Grants and new Clean Water Initiative funding;
  • Completed draft update to the revised Vermont Stormwater Management Manual which includes an array of GSI-related practices;
  • Continued progress concerning review and development of new transportation related design standards and protocol with completion slated for next year;
  • Developed a GSI sizing tool, associated fact sheets, and model municipal bylaw to aid with the understanding and adoption by Vermont municipalities of these practices.
  • In collaboration with Vermont Association of Planning and Development Association, creation of the Vermont GI Toolkit (go to: http://www.vpic.info/GreenInfrastructureToolkit.html) that serves as a clearinghouse of information useful to Vermont municipalities when promoting the adoption of GSI policies and practices.
  • Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation applied for and secured grant funds from USDA Forest Service to develop educational programming and provide technical support to local communities on integrating GSI practices in roadside environments.