Receive Water Quality Alerts for Sewage Releases and Unpermitted Discharges

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation recently launched a subscription system that enables you to sign up to receive email or text message notifications of releases of sewage and unpermitted discharges that may pose a threat to human health or the environment. Options for notifications include: public alerts of sewage discharges, full incident reports (within 12 hours of discovery) of such discharges, and unpermitted discharges (discharges, dumping or spills) to Vermont’s surface waters. You may sign up to receive notifications for the whole state or just the drainage basin you live/recreate in. We are pleased to launch this new system that allows Vermonters to have prompt notification of potential threats to public health and temporarily alter their recreation location if necessary.

The following precautions and resources are also available to better inform recreational water use:

  • Permanent signs must be posted at combined sewer overflow (CSO) discharge points,
  • Temporary signs must be posted at downstream public access areas by a municipality when sewage discharges or unpermitted discharges identified by the Secretary that may pose a threat to human health or the environment have been discovered
  • Tracking map of current blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms can be found on the Department of Health’s website.

More information including recent sewer overflows and unpermitted discharges can be found on our website.