Welcome to the DEC
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s
mission is to preserve, enhance,
restore and conserve Vermont’s natural resources and protect
human health for the benefit of this and future generations. The
DEC, along with the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and
the Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation, is part of the Vermont
Agency of Natural Resources.
Through its programs, the DEC manages water and air quality; regulates
solid and hazardous wastes; and administers a number of voluntary
pollution and waste reduction programs. While the DEC issues most
of the state’s environmental permits, the department does
more than just set forth regulations and assure compliance. Among
other responsibilities, department staff members collect data;
conduct research; run volunteer programs; develop educational and
outreach materials and programs; administer grants; and work with
conservation organizations and state and federal agencies to examine
critical environmental issues.
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for ways to improve the DEC website and welcomes feedback. Please
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