Winooski Clean Water Service Provider

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) selected the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) to serve as the Clean Water Service Provider (CWSP) for the Winooski basin. As a CWSP, CVRPC plays a pivotal role in the implementation of Vermont’s Clean Water Service Delivery Act (also known as Act 76).

Act 76 provides funding to CWSPs identify, prioritize and receive funding for non-regulatory projects to help meet the State’s Phosphorous reduction targets under the Lake Champlain Basin pollution control plan (i.e. the total maximum daily load (TMDL)). Examples of projects eligible for funding under this program include green stormwater management practices, conservation initiatives on farms, wetlands restoration or vegetated buffer plantings.

Regional Planning Commissions, municipalities, watershed and land conservation organizations, Natural Resources Conservation Districts and other stakeholders are eligible to receive CWSP funding for clean water projects. We anticipate the first grant awards by mid-2022. The CVRPC will issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to prequalify entities eligible for funding under this program. For more information contact Brian Voigt – voigt@cvregion.com.

Role of the CWSP

  • Use the State’s pollution reduction formula to determine which watershed projects will have the greatest potential to reduce phosphorus.
  • Work with watershed and land conservation organizations, Regional Planning Commissions, Natural Resources Conservation Districts and municipalities to identify and construct water quality projects to achieve pollution reduction targets.
  • List all watershed projects in the State Watershed Projects Database.
  • Receive funding to construct, operate, and maintain clean water projects.
  • Create and convene a Basin Water Quality Council to advise the CWSP on project identification and prioritization as well as tactical basin planning efforts.

Staff Contact

For more information regarding the Winooski Clean Water Service Provider, contact Brian Voigt, Senior Planner: voigt@cvregion.com or 802.262.1029.

CWSP Policies & Procedures

Information coming soon!

CWSP Pre-Qualification, Procurement and Funding opportunities

Information coming soon!

CWSP Projects and Financial and Pollutant Reduction Tracking and Progress

Information coming soon!

CWSP Resources

Winooski Basin Water Quality Council (BWQC) 

BWQCs will serve as the policy arm of the CWSP. BWQCs will meet at least 4x a year to select projects for funding.

Council Members

The Winooski Basin Water Quality Council has nine members from the following organizations.

Land Conservation Organization (1 seat)
Member Steve Libby Vermont River Conservancy
Natural Resources Conservation District (2 seats)
Member Peter Danforth Lamoille NRCD
Alternate Emily Porter-Goff Lamoille NRCD
Member Remy Crettol Winooski NRCD
Alternate Russ Barret Winooski NRCD
Watershed Protection Organization (2 seats)
Member Corrie Miller Friends of the Mad River
Alternate Brian Shupe Friends of the Mad River
Member Michele Braun Friends of the Winooski River
Alternate Shawn White Friends of the Winooski River
Municipalities (2 seats)
Member Annie Costandi Town of Essex
Alternate Sarah McShane Stowe
Member Nigel Hicks-Tibbles Northfield
Alternate Alice Peal Waitsfield
Regional Planning Commission (2 seats)
Member Darlene Palola Chittenden County RPC
Alternate Garret Mott Chittenden County RPC
Member Alan Quackenbush Central Vermont RPC
Alternate Robert Wernecke Central Vermont RPC

Meetings

Information about Winooski Basin Water Quality Council meetings, including agendas, meeting packets and meeting minutes can be found here.

Key Duties of BWQCs

  • Use localized knowledge to establish policy and make decisions for the CWSP (prioritizing and selecting projects for funding)
  • Prioritize projects that will address impairments based on the basin plan
  • Participate in the basin planning process

BWQC Resources

Programs