Help protect and restore Vermont’s water resources
Clean water is essential to Vermonters’ health, economy, and way of life. Healthy waters underpin our tourism and recreation economies, thriving businesses, our favorite paddling, swimming, and fishing holes, and safe drinking water. Sadly, water pollution in Vermont is resulting in problems such as pervasive cyanobacteria blooms and contaminated drinking water supplies. Polluted water has put the health of Vermonters at risk, decreased property values, and threatened Vermont’s vital tourist economy.
Fundamental to achieving clean water is the successful implementation of Vermont’s Clean Water Act (Act 64) and other laws enacted to help meet Vermont’s Water Quality Standards. We need strong enforcement of these laws for them to succeed. Further, we need an increased investment in clean-up efforts. New funding is needed to implement on-the-ground projects essential to reducing pollution from farms, roads, developed lands, and forests.
To meet our obligations and safeguard public health and the Vermont brand, we support establishing a non-political, publicly accountable Clean Water Authority to set budgets, collect revenue, and get money on the ground for prioritized clean water projects across the state. Simultaneously, we are calling on lawmakers to authorize a long-term, dedicated funding source that adequately invests in our water cleanup efforts.