programs within the Departments of the
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Air Quality

Air Quality & Climate Division
802-828-1288
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3802

Air Pollution Control Division staff studies acid rain and related air pollution problems, monitors outdoor air quality and air pollution sources, proposes regulations to improve existing air quality, and issues permits to control pollution from smokestack industries across the state.

Dam Safety

Dam Safety Section, Facilities Engineering Division
802-828-1550
1 National Life Drive, Main 1
Montpelier, VT 05620-3510

The Dam Safety Section administers the State Dam Safety program, operates and maintains the Winooski Valley Flood Control Reservoirs, and periodically inspects the 85 state-owned dams. The section operates a permit program for construction and alteration of non-hydroelectric dams (the Public Service Board regulates hydroelectric dams). The section inspects privately-owned dams on a resources-available basis, maintains an inventory of dams, and provides technical assistance to dam owners.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division
802-241-3400
Toll-free in Vermont 1-800-823-6500
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3521

The Water Supply Division protects the public health by assuring safe, affordable drinking water and by managing the water resources which provide that water.

Education

Conservation Education Section, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
802-522-0780
FPR’s Conservation Education Section develops information and education resources for the Department, including Project Learning Tree and Vermont-specific forest resource education efforts.

Public Outreach and Marketing Division, Department of Fish and Wildlife
802-828-1000
Division staff provides statewide educational programs, including aquatic resource education, Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, the Green Mountain Conservation Camps, trophy programs for deer, bear, turkey, and fish, and a three-credit course -- "Fish and Wildlife Management for Educators." The Hunter Education portion of the division trains students to be safe, responsible firearms users.

Department of Environmental Conservation

EcoLogical Solutions - Simple ways we can help Vermont's environment every day

Mercury Education and Reduction Campaign - Because even a little bit is a lot!

Ecosystem Restoration Program

Facilities Engineering

Facilities Engineering Division
802-828-1550
Design ,Construction, Dam Safety, and Financial Management Sections
1 National Life Drive, Main 1
Montpelier, VT 05620-3510

The Facilities Engineering Division administers state and federal programs which fund planning and construction of water supply systems, wastewater collection and treatment systems, state parks, fishing and wildlife access areas and hatcheries, solid waste processing and disposal facilities, and dams. The division implements and oversees the planning, design, construction, and management for a wide range of projects.

Fish

Fisheries & Wildlife, Biologists
802-828-1000
Regional Offices and
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

Working primarily out of the regional offices, staff biologists protect aquatic habitat and design river and lake management programs, including stocking plans.

Fish Culture

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Regional Offices and
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

State fish culture stations (hatcheries) raise cultural fish to mitigate the impacts of environmental degradation on the spawning and survival of fish populations; to rehabilitate fish populations; to re-establish fish populations that have severely declined because of social or environmental pressures; to expand the range of desirable fish populations where suitable habitat exists but is limited by spawning habitat, access or some other factor; and to provide public recreational angling.

Forests

Forestry Division, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
802-828-1531
Regional Offices and
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3801

The Forestry Division is staffed with foresters and specialists who provide information and technical assistance to the public and the forest industry, and manage state-owned forest lands. This division is divided into three sections: Forest Product Marketing, Utilization and Development; Forest Resource Protection and Urban & Community Forestry; and Forest Resource Management.

Geology

Geology and Mineral Resources Division
802-522-5210
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3902

This division conducts research and surveys related to the geology, mineral and groundwater resources, and topography of Vermont.

Information Technology

ANR Information Technology Division
802-522-5646
1 National Life Drive, Davis 6
Montpelier, VT 05620-3620

The Information Technology Division coordinates the use of innovative information technologies and office automation tools and is the computer mapping section for the Agency. It houses data in the statewide GIS software format. More than 100 GIS databases are envisioned for use in ANR programs, and most Agency divisions have contributed data to the system.

Laboratory

DEC Environmental Laboratory
802-244-4522
University of Vermont Campus
105 Carrigan Drive
Hills Agriculture Science Building
Burlington, VT 05405

The Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Environmental Laboratory is centrally located in Waterbury, Vermont on the second floor of the R.A. LaRosa Environmental Laboratory. The DEC Lab provides high quality analytical support to divisions in the DEC, other departments in the Agency of Natural Resources and state government as well as other publicly funded environmental management and protection programs.

Lake Champlain

Ecosystem Restoration Program

Restore Lake Champlain

Law Enforcement

Compliance and Enforcement Division
802-828-1254
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3803

The DEC Compliance and Enforcement Division enforces the environmental laws and regulations administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and Department of Agriculture. The division also provides investigative services for Act 250.

Fish & Wildlife, Law Enforcement
802-828-1529
802-828-1483
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

Wardens enforce fish and wildlife, boat, snowmobile, ATV, and general criminal laws. Wardens can be reached by calling the nearest State Police dispatcher. A toll-free number is available for citizens who wish to report fish and wildlife violations. This "Operation Game Thief" number is 1-800-752-5378.

Nongame Species

Nongame & Natural Heritage Program
802-828-1000
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

The Nongame & Natural Heritage Program is responsible for managing and promoting nongame wildlife (animals that are not fished or hunted), inventorying and protecting endangered species, and informing people about Vermont's significant natural areas.

Pollution Prevention

Environmental Assistance Office
Environmental Assistance 802-828-1138 / Pollution Prevention Hotline: 1-800-974-9559
1 National Life Drive, Main 1
Montpelier, VT 05620-3704

Environmental Assistance Office staff works with state agencies, businesses, communities, and others to identify effective and economical ways to reduce waste at the source or to recycle waste once generated in order to avoid waste treatment and disposal costs and to safeguard human health and the environment. On-site and office-based technical assistance, workshops, training, and research services are all available to any Vermonter looking for opportunities to source reduce, reuse, or recycle wastes.

Planning

ANR Office of Planning and Legal Affairs
802-828-1295
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-

The Office of Planning and Legal Affairs coordinates Agency policy positions in relation to other state agencies, federal agencies and outside stakeholders.

The Office also works with Counsel for the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation in representing the Agency in proceedings before the Environmental Court, the Public Service Board, and the Natural Resources Board. These proceedings include: (1) Appeals of Agency actions such as the issuance or denial of permits, Appeals of Act 250 permits (2) the review of proposed projects seeking an Act 250 permit, and (3) the review of proposed projects seeking a certificate of public good before the Public Service Board.

In addition, members of this Office provide case management for large, complex projects in the Act 250 / Section 248 process, including but not limited to managing timelines for submittals and Agency responses; coordinating intra-Agency discussion of the impacts of a project; and mediating disputes with the applicant, members of the public, and state and federal officials with regard to a project.

State Parks

Vermont State Parks web site

State Parks Division
1.888.409.7579
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620

This division provides outdoor recreation facilities, primarily through Vermont's popular State Parks. The division manages 51 parks, where Vermonters and visitors enjoy picnicking, swimming, camping, and other outdoor recreational opportunities. Summer Series, an arts program in the parks, is held annually, and selected parks also provide interpretive and educational opportunities.

State Lands

State Lands Division
802-272-4156
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2 
Montpelier, VT 05620-3801

The Lands Administration Division, housed within the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, is responsible for land acquisition, long-range management plan coordination, surveying and property records maintenance, and lease, license, and special use permit oversight.

WastE ISSUES

Waste Management and Prevention Division
802-828-1138
Recycling Hotline: (800) 932-7100
Emergency Spills Reporting: 828-1138 or (800) 641-5005
1 National Life Drive, Davis 1
Montpelier, VT 05620-3704

The Waste Management & Prevention Division oversees the use, treatment, and handling of hazardous and solid wastes.

Wastewater ISSUES

Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division
802-241-3400, or toll-free in state: 1-800-823-6500
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-
3521

The Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division issues permits for subdivisions, sludge management, and discharges to the waters of the state. Permits are issued from the central office in Montpelier and the five regional offices.

Watershed Management

Watershed Management Division
802-828-1535
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-
3522

The Watershed Management Division manages Vermont's surface waters through planning, engineering, technical analysis, and technical assistance. The division administers programs such as aquatic nuisance control, water quality certifications, floodplain management, lakes and ponds encroachment, wetlands protection, hydroelectric project review, chemical and biological monitoring, and the Ecosystem Restoration Program.

Water Supply ISSUES

Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Div.
802-241-3400
Toll-free in Vermont 1-800-823-6500
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-
3521

The Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division protects the public health by assuring safe, affordable drinking water and by managing the water resources which provide that water.

Wildlife

Department of Fish and Wildlife
802-828-1000
Regional Offices and
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

Teams of biologists, in conjunction with Waterbury staff, manage the state's fisheries and wildlife resources. District biologists protect aquatic habitat and design river and lake management programs, including stocking plans, study and inventory game and nongame wildlife populations, develop wildlife species management plans, and review development plans to protect wildlife and fish habitat.

 
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