Stormwater Designer Training Events

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: 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, 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 ( and

the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (


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 (


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 (


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

Help Identify and Prioritize Vulnerable Sites In the Mad River and Thatcher Brook Watersheds

Press Release

Valley Reporter



Help Identify and Prioritize Vulnerable Sites

In the Mad River and Thatcher Brook Watersheds



Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is conducting a flood study in the area along the Mad River, the Winooski River, and Thatcher Brook in the towns of Duxbury, Fayston, Middlesex, Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, and Waterbury. The purpose of the study is to 1) develop flood inundation data, 2) identify key vulnerable infrastructure, and 3) identify treatment options for these vulnerable sites. The study is a direct result of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.  It will help guide redevelopment and lead to mitigation actions to reduce risks to public safety and infrastructure in the future.  The inundation data will help the communities in a variety of ways:

  • Understand the extent of flood inundation from various storm events;
  • Support flood risk analysis related to mitigation and planning;
  • Explore “What if” scenarios in support of preparedness;
  • Provide timely response based on real time gauge and forecast information;
  • Support damage assessment related to recovery efforts; and
  • Support Environmental and Ecological Assessments – wetlands identification and hazardous spill cleanup.


CVRPC has contracted with Dubois & King Inc. of Randolph, Vermont to perform the study.  The field work is substantially complete and the preliminary inundation data has been gathered.  Using the data, CVRPC has created maps identifying the vulnerable infrastructure (roads, bridges, culverts, utilities, homes, businesses, etc.) located in the most vulnerable sites, at the 10, 25 and 50 year flood profiles.  CVRPC is presenting this information to the community during the next two weeks.  We are interested in receiving feedback from the community on identifying the priority sites (the most vulnerable sites). We are combining meetings between the seven communities in the flood study area.   You are invited and encouraged to attend your community meeting. We look forward to your participation and insight.  The Community Meeting schedule is posted below.  This project is funded by a VCDP grant awarded by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, in the amount of $62,250.


Fayston and Waitsfield:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Room

Waitsfield Town Offices

4144 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT  05673



Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Warren Town Hall, Top Floor meeting space

413 Main Street, Warren, VT 05674


Duxbury and Moretown:

Friday, April 14, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Moretown Town Hall

1147 Route 100B, Moretown, VT 05660


Waterbury and Middlesex:

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Steele Community Room

Waterbury Municipal Offices

28 North Main Street, Waterbury, VT


For more information contact Laura Ranker, Emergency Management Planner

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

29 Main Street, Suite 4

Montpelier, VT 05602

Phone:  (802) 229-0389



Making River Corridors Work for You Workshop

Cold Hollow to Canada, the Missisquoi River Basin Association and the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain are co-sponsoring a workshop lead by staff from UVM Sea Grant and the Vermont Rivers Program called Making River Corridors Work for You on Tuesday, April 18th from 5 – 8:30 pm at the Cold Hollow Career Center in Enosburg Falls. From 5-6 pm a river/stream flume will be open to the public to explore and then a workshop for others involved in planning and conservation will run from 6-8:30 pm.

This hands-on workshop will be held for conservation commissions, water quality groups, and planning commissions in Franklin County. Community members interested in resiliency planning, wildlife connectivity and water quality are welcome as well. Dinner will be provided. From 5-6 pm families and individuals are invited to participate in a hands-on learning session about how streams and rivers work, trying their hands as stream engineers with a model stream table. The workshop will begin at 6 pm for others.

During this interactive session you will:
• try your hand as a stream engineer, manipulating stream pathways, culverts, and bank stabilization to see what happens over time with a stream demonstration table;
• learn about the intersection between wildlife and infrastructure in river corridors;
• learn about the importance of river corridors and how towns can create a river corridor plan;
• see Agency of Natural Resources Atlas tools to aid town resiliency planning;
• be introduced to model river corridor bylaws, assistance available, and steps to adopt them

Workshop will be lead by staff from UVM Sea Grant and the Vermont Rivers Program, with support from the workshop co-sponsors including Missisquoi River Basin Association, and Friends of Northern Lake Champlain.

Register in advance:

Dinner will be included and there is no charge for the workshop. Visit the Cold Hollow to Canada website for details here: