State asks Vermonters to weigh in on clean water funding

This month, the state Clean Water Board is asking Vermonters to weigh in with ideas of how to prioritize $19 million in clean water funds to help the board develop the Clean Water Fund budget for 2020.

To participate, take the board’s nine-question survey, available online at bit.ly/2KT6YGz or by mail. The board is accepting comments through July 31.

The Vermont Clean Water Fund was established in 2015 with the passage of the Vermont Clean Water Act. The goal of the fund is to assist towns, organizations, and farmers to design, finance and install priority water quality improvement projects that reduce pollution washing into Vermont’s lakes, rivers, and wetlands.

Clean water projects protect public health, help towns become more flood resilient, contribute to Vermont’s growing outdoor recreation opportunities, improve fish and wildlife habitat, and boost Vermont’s economy.

The Fund’s estimated $19 million budget for 2020 comes from property transfer tax surcharge revenue and capital funds. The Clean Water Board administers this money, developing a clean water budget proposal each year.

The board consists of representatives from the Agency of Administration, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, the Agency of Natural Resources, and Agency of Transportation.

For more information, visit online at dec.vermont.gov/watershed/cwi/cwf/budget-process.

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