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.

  • Uses the State’s pollution reduction formula to determine which water quality restoration projects have the greatest potential to reduce phosphorus.
  • Works with watershed and land conservation organizations, Natural Resources Conservation Districts, Regional Planning Commissions & municipalities to identify and construct non-regulatory water quality restoration projects to achieve phosphorous reduction targets established by the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.
  • Receive funding to construct, operate, and maintain clean water projects.
  • Retains records of funded projects and updates the State Watershed Projects Database when necessary.
  • Creates and convenes a Basin Water Quality Council to establish policies and prioritize projects for funding.

Brian Voigt, Senior Planner: voigt@cvregion.com or 802.262.1029

Lincoln Frasca, Planner: frasca@cvregion.com

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, in its role as the Clean Water Service Provider for the Winooski River Basin is accepting applications to fund non-regulatory, phosphorous-reduction projects in the Winooski River Basin. Projects must align with the vision of 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 River Basin Clean Water Service Provider has approximately $1,600,000 available to fund water quality improvement projects. This project solicitation round includes: 1) $750,000 for design- and implementation-phase projects; and 2) $50,000 for project identification and development activities. A subsequent call for proposals will be issued in May 2024. For more information, please contact Brian Voigt (voigt@cvregion.com).

Application materials:

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. 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 (voigt@cvregion.com) with the subject line “CWSP Clean Water Partner RFQ Submission”. To simplify the application process a submission template is available.

Statements of Qualification for Project Implementors are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Please direct questions to Brian Voigt (voigt@cvregion.com) with the subject line “CWSP Clean Water Partner RFQ Question”. CVRPC will maintain a list of questions and answers on the Basin 8 CWSP website.

The CVRPC is issuing a Request for Qualifications to identify (pre-qualify) firms willing to serve as Clean Water Project Sub-contractors to provide Engineering and / or Construction services. Qualified firms will enter into a Master Agreement with the CVRPC for a three-year period (8 January 2024 – 7 January 2027). 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.

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 (voigt@cvregion.com) with the subject line “CWSP Clean Water Partner RFQ Submission”. To simplify the application process a submission form is available.

Statements of Qualification for Engineering & Construction Services are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Please direct questions to Brian Voigt (voigt@cvregion.com) with the subject line “CWSP Clean Water Partner RFQ Question”. CVRPC will maintain a list of questions and answers at the Basin 8 CWSP website.

Winooski River 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

Meetings

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.

Council Members

The Winooski Basin Water Quality Council has nine members and nine alternates with representation from the following organizations.

Land Conservation Organization (1 seat)
Member Erin De Vries
Vermont River Conservancy
Alternate Remy Crettol
Vermont River Conservancy
 
Natural Resources Conservation District (2 seats)
Member Peter Danforth Lamoille NRCD
Alternate Emily Porter-Goff Lamoille NRCD
Member Daniel Koenemann Winooski NRCD
Alternate vacant  
 
Watershed Protection Organization (2 seats)
Member Ira Shadis
Friends of the Mad River
Alternates Kinny Perot & Brian Shupe Friends of the Mad River
Member Michele Braun Friends of the Winooski River
Alternate Samuel Puddicombe & Taylor Litwin Friends of the Winooski River
 
Municipalities (2 seats)
Member Annie Costandi Essex
Alternate Sarah McShane Stowe
Member Alice Peal
Waitsfield
Alternate Vacant  
 
Regional Planning Commission (2 seats)
Member Darlene Palola Chittenden County RPC
Alternate Garret Mott Chittenden County RPC
Member Royal DeLegge
Central Vermont RPC
Alternate Rich Turner
Central Vermont RPC

Programs