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Monday March 31, 2014 - "When Governments Cooperate - State Government Municipal Day 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 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 details and registration information >>

January 2014 - 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 extended to:  February 10, 2014.  For the application and more information please see

January 2014 - Restoring Lake Champlain: a Second Series of Meetings with Municipalities about the Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL and Opportunities for Public Comment: In January 2014 VT DEC held an second set of meetings to discuss the new phosphorus plan that is under development by EPA for the Lake Champlain Basin. For more information >>

December 2013 - This proposed Materials Management Plan (MMP) amends the previous solid waste management plan which was readopted in 2006. The DRAFT MMP includes significant changes to the structure and layout of the previous plan. This DRAFT MMP is based on five material specific chapters and a chapter addressing general planning needs. Each chapter contains tools of action, state goals, and performance standards. The state goals, and performance standards establish deliverables for the planning period that include reporting, outreach and education, and convenience requirements. This DRAFT MMP includes revisions that incorporate recommendations from an ANR solid waste stakeholder group that convened in 2008. A public meeting will be held on February 5th at the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street in Montpelier from 6:00pm to 7:30pm to provide an opportunity for verbal and written comments to be submitted in person The Draft MMP is open for public comment until February 21, 2014. Please submit comments by email to or by mail to Bryn Oakleaf, ANR- DEC, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 1, Montpelier, VT 05620. If you have questions you may call her directly at (802) 522-5783. For more information >>

November 2013 - Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) is proud to unveil the newly developed standardized symbols for recycling, food scraps, and trash. New Food Scrap SymbolThese 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 held 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, held 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- 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.

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.

On the Anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene
CLF videos - Anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene Two videos from the New England Conservation Law Foundation featuring Vermont Agency of Natural Resources staff


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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...

New Universal Recycling Symbols
Universal Recycling Symbols

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.

EPA TSCA Chemical Inventory Website
EPA is providing free access to the consolidated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Substance Inventory on its Web site.

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