Welcome to LCPC's Water Quality section! LCPC works closely with municipal partners, state agencies, and regional organizations to address issues of water quality and flood resiliency throughout our many rivers, lakes, and streams.
Vermont Clean Water Initiative
In 2015, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 64, the Vermont Clean Water Act. This bill dedicates resources (staffing, funding, educational outreach) towards improving the quality of Vermont's waters and implementing the plan for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of phosphorous loading into Lake Champlain. The bill also included funding for Regional Planning Commissions to work on water quality planning. LCPC will use this page to provide outreach, education, and assistance to our communities as we conduct this work over the next year. For more information, visit the VT Department of Environmental Conservation's new website, http://cleanwater.vermont.gov/.
Planning to Protect Vermont's Drinking Water Sources
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Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) Draft Rules
Municipal Roads Stormwater Permit Program
The Municipal Roads Stormwater Program is coming in 2018 through VT DEC. DEC will be looking for input over the course of 2016 on this new program. You can find more information on the Municipal Roads Program here:
Tactical Basin Planning
FINAL - 2016 Lamoille Tactical Basin Plan - Available now!
The Tactical Basin Plan for the Lamoille Watershed is currently being updated. Information about the plan's development, which includes a number of public meetings can be found here. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Basin Planning Process for the Lamoille River drainage area began in 2003. The underlying objective of the Vermont Basin Planning Process is to protect the high quality surface waters of the basin and to restore those waters that do not meet the Vermont Water Quality Standards. DEC is working in a collaborative fashion with other state, federal, non-profit and volunteer organizations as well as local residents for input, funding, technical assistance, and public education for various water quality improvement projects identified through the watershed planning process.
The Lamoille River Basin has a watershed area of 706 square miles. The main stem of the Lamoille River flows over 84 miles from its headwaters in Glover to the outer Mallets Bay in Lake Champlain. Major tributaries to the Lamoille River include the Wild Branch, North Branch, Brewster River, and Browns River. Larger lakes in the watershed include Caspian Lake, Lake Elmore, Green River Reservoir, and Arrowhead Mountain Lake.
Top water quality issues identified for the Lamoille River Basin include:
Winooski Tactical Basin Plan 2017 Update
DEC is in the process of updating the Winooski Watershed Tactical Basin Plan. The current 2012 plan can be viewed at: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/basin-planning/basin8. For questions regarding the Winooski Tactical Basin Plan update please contact Karen Bates (Winooski Basin Planner) at Karen.Bates@vermont.gov or 802-879-2339.