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Clean Water Service Provider Rule.
Agency of Natural Resources
10 V.S.A. §§ 924 and 930, established by Act 76 of 2019.
The Agency proposes this rule to assign a CWSP to each basin described in 10 V.S.A. § 922(a) for the purpose of achieving pollutant reduction values established by the Secretary. This rule also establishes requirements for the implementation of 10 V.S.A., Chapter 37, subchapter 5, related to the operational, financial, managerial, and technical requirements associated with CWSP service, as well as the governance structure for Basin Water Quality Councils (BWQCs). The rule also proposes requirements related to conflicts of interest policy, oversight and evaluation of CWSP service, and renewal or removal of a CWSP assignment.
Landowners, including individuals, organizations and state agencies receiving funding for projects. Regional Planning Commissions, Natural Resources Conservation Districts, Municipalities, Watershed-based Organizations, and land conservation organizations. Engineers, designers, consultants, and contractors who are hired to design and construct water quality projects. The public at large, with an interest in water quality and outdoor educational and recreational opportunities.
The Agency of Natural Resources will annually issue a formula grant to each assigned CWSP, 85 of which shall be dedicated towards projects, and 15 of which is reserved for administrative costs. In aggregate, the value of these formula grants could range from an estimated $6 million to $9 million per year, depending on available and budgeted funds, which are subject to annual appropriation by the General Assmebly, based on recommendations of the Vermont Clean Water Board. The issuance of sustained investment at this scale for the implementation of non-regulatory water quality projects will have a positive economic impact on job creation and the Vermont economy as a whole. The improvement and maintenance of Vermont's water quality will also have a positive economic impact associated with recreational use of Vermont's waters (swimming, fishing, boating), tourism, and property values.
Information for Hearing # 1
Virtual Hearing via Microsoft Teams ID: 725822355#
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February 1, 2021 10:00 AM Virtual Hearing via Microsoft Teams with call-in option: meeting link at https://dec.vermont.gov/water-investment/statues-rules-policies/act-76 Call in # +1 802-828-7667; Conference ID# 725822355#
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Virtual Hearing via Microsoft Teams ID: 664390226#
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February 3, 2021 5:00 PM Virtual Hearing via Microsoft Teams with call-in option: meeting link at https://dec.vermont.gov/water-investment/statues-rules-policies/act-76 Call in # +1 802-828-7667; Conference ID# 664390226#