November 2013 - Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) is proud to unveil the newly developed standardized symbols for recycling, food scraps, and trash. These symbols were created as tools to help implement Vermont’s Universal Recycling law (Act 148) which will unify recycling and composting efforts across Vermont. The symbols were conceived by an Act 148 work group comprised of solid waste management entities, non-profit organizations, businesses, and state agencies. ANR Secretary Markowitz unveiled the symbols at a press event on November 13th at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier. See the new symbols here >>
November 2013 - Restoring Lake Champlain: Announcing a Series of Public Discussions in December 2013 about the Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL and Opportunities for Public Comment: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, is holding a series of six public meetings in December, 2013, to discuss the new phosphorus plan that is under development by the EPA for the Lake Champlain Basin, referred to as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). For more information >>
October 2013 - Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence: Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. The awards recognize the actions taken by individuals and organizations to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote sustainability. Application due date: January 27, 2014. For the application and more information please see www.eaovt.org/gap
October 2013 - 2014 Watershed Grants - The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Fish and Wildlife have announced the opportunity to apply for 2014 Watershed Grants Program funding. Proposals are due by November 22, 2013. Further details about the 2014 Program including project eligibility, how to apply and who to contact in the event of questions can be found by clicking here.
October 2013- Final Report, "Systems Analysis of the Impact of Act 148 on Solid Waste Management in Vermont" -The Final Report prepared by DSM Environmental incorporates comments collected during the draft and open comment periods. This data-driven assessment of the current materials management system in Vermont includes estimations of the effects of Act 148 on the system.
August 2013 - Comment period open through August 30
for Act 148 Study, "Systems Analysis of the Impact of Act 148 on Solid Waste Management in Vermont" Draft Report prepared by DSM Environmental.
Submit comments to Bryn Oakleaf at firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail comments to:
Waste Management & Prevention Division
Solid Waste Program
1 National Life Drive - Davis 1
Montpelier, VT 05620-3704
More information about Act 148 >>
July 17, 2013 - Department of Environmental Conservation Strategic Plan (2013-2015) - The Department is pleased to present our new stategic plan. It includes 21 goals with specific milestones to acvhieve over the next two years.
February 2013 - The former DEC Water Supply Division and parts of the former DEC Wastewater Management Division have merged to become the DEC Drinking Water & Groundwater Protection Division (DWGWPD) which has a new web site as of mid-February 2013. Regulatory programs managed by the Division include, but are not limited to:
Public Drinking Water Supply
Groundwater Withdrawal (water)
Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply (Regional Offices – drinking water and wastewater)
Indirect Discharge (wastewater)
Underground Injection Control (wastewater)
The Division also certifies/licenses:
Public Drinking Water System Operators
Wastewater & Potable Water Supply Designers
January 14, 2013 - Vermont ANR Act 138 Report - Facing inadequate funding to respond to the public’s demand for clean water, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 138 in 2012 which directs the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (VANR) to prepare a Water Quality Remediation, Implementation, and Funding Report (referred to as the Clean Water Trust Fund Report). Public comments on the draft report and the Final report itself can be viewed on the DEC Watershed Management Division's web site. For more information, please contact:
Kari Dolan, Manager,
Ecosystem Restoration Program
DEC, Watershed Management Division
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522
September 2012 - On the Anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene
Two videos from the New England Conservation Law Foundation featuring Vermont Agency of Natural Resources staff