The adopted 2017 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual (VSMM) Rule will become effective on July 1, 2017. Administratively complete stormwater permit applications received by the Department prior to that date may design and submit under the 2002 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual.
The adopted 2017 VSMM, and related rule-making filings, remain posted on the Stormwater Program Manual update web page: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/stormwater/manual_update. The Stormwater Management Rules, Chapter 18 and Chapter 22, were also updated concurrently only as necessary to reference the new Manual. Those changes to the Rules to reflect the 2017 VSMM also take effect on July 1, 2017.
As a reminder, the adopted version of the 2017 VSMM Rule is reflective of requirements only, and is not reflective of guidance, schematics, photos, or other depictions that will serve as guidance, as previously had been included in the preliminary March 1, 2016 draft.
The DEC Stormwater Program has since re-packaged the content of the adopted 2017 VSMM Rule document in a user-friendly, manual format, inclusive of additional guidance, including design schematics and photos, that will be useful to designers and the public in applying the Rule. The repackaged 2017 Manual is expected to be released this Monday, April 17, 2017 and will be posted at the above link at that time along with these updates.
The Stormwater Program is also in the process of updating application materials and other documents that will support use of the new Manual. This effort will involve further refinement of the STP Selection Tool and supporting guidance related to justification and feasibility of STP selection under the Water Quality Treatment Standard, and refinement of other tools that will simplify use of the new Manual and permit application submittal. We expect to release updated permit application materials and application preparation and design tools that will be applicable to permit applications submitted under the 2017 Manual in early May.
Designer Training for 2017 VSMM Overview and Permit Application Preparation
The Department’s Stormwater Program will be offering several training events on the new Manual in May to support designers in their understanding of the new requirements and preparation of stormwater permit applications under the 2017 VSMM. The program has partnered with a number of organizations around the state in offering these training opportunities. Although the events will be free, the training events will have as assigned capacity based on the capacity of the venue, so it will be required that you RSVP to secure your spot. Again, this training will focus on design and application preparation and geared towards the stormwater design and engineering community, however all stakeholders are welcome to attend. The Stormwater Program also expects to schedule additional opportunities for training and outreach as needed, beyond this first initial offering which focuses on permit application design and preparation.
Each of the training events will include an overview of the new Manual with Stormwater Program staff, including applying the updated stormwater treatment standards under the new runoff-reduction approach and prioritized Water Quality Practice Selection framework. The training will include a review of the stormwater treatment practice design requirements, including a review of changes to certain practices. The training will also include a review of new application materials, supporting guidance, and application preparation tools, including design examples.
The stormwater designer training events scheduled are as follows and require RSVP to Kevin Burke, firstname.lastname@example.org for attendance.
When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (sign-in 8:30-9)
Where: Martin Memorial Hall, Weathersfield, Vermont (5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT 05030)
Presented in partnership with the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (www.torc.org) and
the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (www.swcrpc.org)
When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (sign-in 8:30-9)
Where: Rutland City Department of Public Works, 52 Washington Street, Rutland, Vermont
Presented in partnership with the Green Mountain Water Environment Association (www.gmwea.org)
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (sign-in 8:30-9)
Where: Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Offices, 110 West Canal Street, Suite 202, Winooski, Vermont
Presented in partnership with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (www.ccrpcvt.org)
When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (sign-in 8:30-9)
Where: Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Montpelier Office, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, Montpelier Room, Montpelier, Vermont