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December 11, 2014 - Waterbury Hydroelectric Project – The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a Water Quality Certification to Green Mountain Power certifying that operation of the Waterbury Hydroelectric Project under the its new federal license will protect water quality and aquatic habitat. For more information >>

November 17, 2014 - Vermont's Clean Water Initiative - New Report Outlines Priority Actions to Improve Vermont's Water Quality. See Restoring Lake Champlain site for more information >>

November 4, 2014 - EPA Announces Joint Public Meetings to Discuss Next Steps in Vermont's Lake Champlain Cleanup Efforts. Read the announcement and schedule of meetings on the EPA web site or visit the VT DEC's Restoring Lake Champlain web site.

October 22, 2014 - Wolcott Pond - The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a Use of Public Waters decision to deny the Friends of Wolcott Pond’s petition proposing a ban on all internal combustion motors on Wolcott Pond.  For more information >>

October 14, 2014 - 2015 Watersheds Grant Program RFP - The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife have announced the availability of 2015 Watershed Grants Program funds to address water quality and aquatic habitat on a statewide basis.
Proposals are due by November 21, 2014. For more information>>

August 14, 2014 - Berlin Pond - The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued Use of Public Waters decisions on the City of Montpelier's petition proposing limitations on certain uses during the winter on Berlin Pond, and the Citizens to Protect Berlin Pond's petition proposing a ban on all recreational use of Berlin Pond. For more information >>

Thursday, November 13, 2014 "When Governments Cooperate - State Government Municipal Day November 2014" a Day of Workshops for Vermont's Local Officials". The Agency of Natural Resources, in cooperation with VTrans and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, invite you to participate in our second Municipal Day, an all-day event that will include poster presentations, workshops, technical assistance and the opportunity to engage with Agency staff members and municipal colleagues from across the state. For more information >>

July 14, 2014 - Flood Ready Vermont web site - Vermont leaders have a new online tool to help their communities become more flood resilient: Flood Ready Vermont at  Flood Ready Vermont compiles maps, information, and learning from around the state. This website will help community leaders in their work to avoid damage from flooding and to become more flood resilient. You will find information on post-disaster funding and how well communities are prepared, and more tools and data your community needs. 

July 1, 2014 - Effective July 1, 2014, the Vermont Shoreland Protection Act (Chapter 49A of Title 10 §1441 et seq.) applies to activities within 250 feet of the mean water level of all lakes greater than 10 acres in size. It establishes a new state regulation for guiding shoreland development. The intent of the Act is to prevent degradation of water quality in lakes, preserve habitat and natural stability of shorelines, and maintain the economic benefits of lakes and their shorelands by defining standards for the creation of buildings, driveways, and cleared areas in shorelands. The Act seeks to balance good shoreland management and shoreland development. For more information >>

June 2014 - "The Vermont Materials Management Plan: Moving from Solid Waste towards Sustainable Management - Effective date June 18, 2014" For more information >>


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Program Spotlight
Redevelopment of Contaminated Properties -
The Brownfields Program

Municipal Planners, Redevelopers, and Community members can benefit their communities with new uses for abandoned and substantially underutilized properties. The links on this page will give you an introduction to: the principles of brownfield redevelopment, an understanding of the RCPP statute, redevelopment success stories, application materials, and available grant sources.
For more information, please see the Waste Management Division's Brownfields Program page...


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New Universal Recycling Symbols
New Universal Recycling Symbols

Flood Ready Vermont web site
Online resource to help VT communities avoid flood damage

State of Vermont Permitting & Compliance Portal
State of Vermont
Permitting & Compliance Portal

Vermont Secretary of State's Notice of Rulemaking Portal
Vermont Secretary of State's Notice of Rulemaking Portal

Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program
Ecosystem Restoration Program

Vermont Mercury Education & Reduction Campaign
Learn more about what the DEC is doing to reduce Mercury Pollution

Invasive Alga Didymo
Updated Didymo (a.k.a.rock snot ) website with tips for how all river users can reduce the spread of aquatic nuisance species.


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