The Vermont Agency of Transportation plans to provide financial assistance to local municipalities via a new grant program as part of an ongoing effort to improve water quality on a statewide basis.
[Above photo by VTrans.]
The agency noted in a statement that while there is no cap on the amount of funds granted to a specific project and there is a 20 percent local match requirement, projects applying for monies via this grant program must have a transportation link.
Municipal water quality projects that can apply for VTrans grants via this program include any environmental mitigation activity – including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation – to address storm water management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff.
A report issued by Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources in January indicates that water quality is improving across the state due to public investment over the past four years.
The Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2019 Performance Report detailed the state’s overall investment in water quality projects – totaling $138 million to date – in support of projects on 28,000 acres of agricultural lands, 169 miles of municipal roads and 222 acres of pavement or other hard surfaces.
Those investments also helped to conserve or restore nearly 2,000 acres of river corridors, floodplains, lake shores, forests and wetlands, noted Governor Phil Scott (R) in a statement.
“I’m pleased to see that state financial investments and the hard work of many public and private partners are paying off in the improved health of waterways around Vermont,” the governor said. “This ongoing work is critical in both protecting our environment and strengthening our outdoor recreation and tourism industries.”