Winooski Basin 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 Formula Grant funding for clean water projects.
Role of the Winooski Clean Water Service Provider
- 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.
For more information regarding the Winooski Clean Water Service Provider, contact Brian Voigt, Senior Planner: email@example.com or 802.262.1029.
Pre-Qualification for Project Implementors (opportunity closed)
The CVRPC is issuing a Request for Qualifications to identify (pre-qualify) Municipalities & Organizations willing to serve as Clean Water Project Partners to provide Project Management / Implementation services. Qualified Municipalities & Organizations will enter into a Master Agreement with the CVRPC for a three-year period (6 April 2023 – 5 April 2026). A Master Agreement neither contains a Scope of Work nor a guarantee that one will be awarded. The Master Agreement will establish the general terms regarding the potential receipt of a subgrant or subcontract for a discrete Scope of Work from the CVRPC, in its capacity as the Basin 8 CWSP. The Basin 8 CWSP will issue multiple project solicitation rounds during this period to identify and prioritize projects for funding.
Please download the complete Request for Qualifications for guidance & additional information regarding this opportunity. Respondents are required to submit a Statement of Qualification for consideration by the CVRPC. Please submit your qualifications via email to Brian Voigt (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “CWSP Clean Water Partner RFQ Submission”. To simplify the application process a submission template is available. Submissions must be received by 4 PM on 5 April 2023. Early submissions encouraged.
Please direct questions to Brian Voigt (email@example.com) with the subject line “CWSP Clean Water Partner RFQ Question”. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. CVRPC will maintain a list of questions and answers at the Basin 8 CWSP website. Questions will be accepted until 4:00 PM 22 March 2023.
Pre-qualification for Engineering & Construction Contractors
Information coming soon!
Overview – The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, in its role as the Clean Water Service Provider for the Winooski Basin is accepting applications to fund non-regulatory, phosphorous reduction projects in the Winooski River Basin. Projects must align with the vision set forth by Act 76, the Clean Water Service Delivery Act, and policies and guidance set forth by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to implement the Act. The Winooski Basin Clean Water Service Provider has approximately $1,000,000 available to fund water quality improvement projects. In this project solicitation round, $750,000 will be made available to fund design- and implementation-phase projects, and $50,000 to fund project identification and development activities.
Projects must align with the vision set forth by Act 76, the Clean Water Service Delivery Act, and policies and guidance set forth by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to implement the Act. The Winooski Basin Clean Water Service Provider has approximately $1,000,000 available to fund water quality improvement projects. In this project solicitation round, $750,000 will be made available to fund design- and implementation-phase projects, and $50,000 to fund project identification and development activities. A subsequent Call for Proposals will be issued in October 2023, pending the availability of funds. For more information, please contact Brian Voigt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Final Rule effective August 12, 2021
- DEC Act 76 (CWSP) webpage
- DEC Act 76 Fact Sheet
- DEC Basin 8 webpage
- Clean Water Portal
- Watershed Projects Database
- Draft Co-benefits Scoring Matrix & Methodology (26 January 2023)
Winooski Basin Water Quality Council
Responsibilities of the Basin Water Quality Council
- Participate in the basin planning process
- Use localized knowledge to establish policy and make decisions for the CWSP (prioritizing and selecting projects for funding)
- Prioritize projects that will address impairments identified in the Winooski Tactical Basin Plan
The Winooski Basin Water Quality Council meets on the third Thursday of the month from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Additional information about Winooski Basin Water Quality Council meetings, including agendas, meeting packets and meeting minutes can be found here.
The Winooski Basin Water Quality Council has nine members from the following organizations.
|Land Conservation Organization (1 seat)|
|Member||Erin De Vries
||Vermont River Conservancy|
||Vermont River Conservancy
|Natural Resources Conservation District (2 seats)|
|Member||Peter Danforth||Lamoille NRCD|
|Alternate||Emily Porter-Goff||Lamoille NRCD|
|Member||Russ Barret||Winooski NRCD|
|Watershed Protection Organization (2 seats)|
||Friends of the Mad River|
|Alternates||Kinny Perot & 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|
|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|
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