At the urging of Governor Deane Davis, the Vermont Legislature passes
Act 250, adopts the Vermont Water Pollution Control Act to achieve
and maintain the states water quality standards, and establishes
what would later be named the Agency of Natural Resources.
The Water Resources Board establishes secondary treatment as the minimum
acceptable degree of treatment for the State of Vermont.
Congress passes the Clean Water Act.
Congress passes the Safe Drinking Water Act, giving EPA the authority
to set drinking water standards, monitor water quality, and order
the installation of treatment plants.
Vermont bans phosphorus detergent.
The Vermont Legislature designates all streams and ponds higher than
2,500 feet in elevation as Class A waters with significant ecological
value and grants the Water Resources Board authority to adopt
rules to protect significant wetlands.
Congress passes the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act to create
a comprehensive pollution prevention, control, and restoration plan
for protecting Lake Champlain.
Vermont achieves secondary treatment of wastewater at all sewage treatment
plants across the state.
The Agency of Natural Resources establishes the Watershed Improvement
Project, an initiative to improve water quality on a watershed basis
with broad public participation.
The Vermont Legislature updates statutory requirements for stormwater
management and mandates completion of all basin plans by January 1,