While most municipalities in Vermont have not been heavily involved in regulating stormwater runoff, the State of Vermont has been regulating stormwater in several urban and suburban communities in Chittenden County and in the St. Albans and Rutland areas as part of the so-called MS-4 permit.

Visit this link for info on the MS-4 permit, aka Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit in Vermont.

The world of stormwater permitting in Vermont is also expanding outside of Vermont’s MS-4 regulated municipalities. Starting in 2018, the State of Vermont will begin requiring Municipal Roads General Permits to all. The intent of these permits “to achieve significant reductions in stormwater-related erosion from municipal roads, both paved and unpaved. Municipalities will implement a customized, multi-year plan to stabilize their road drainage system. The plan will include bringing road drainage systems up to basic maintenance standards, and additional corrective measure to reduce erosion as necessary to meet a TMDL or other water quality restoration effort. The permit is required by H.35/Act 64, the Vermont Clean Water Act, and the Lake Champlain Phase I TMDL.

For more information on the DEC Municipal Roads program, please visit this link: DEC Municipal Roads Program. Additional information on the permitting requirements triggered by adoption of the Vermont Clean Water Act in 2015 can be found here.