State seeks comments on priorities for drinking water spending

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MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) – Residents of Vermont are being asked to give their opinion on how to spend an estimated $ 46.9 million to clean up water pollution in the state.

Vermont Clean Water Board seeks feedback in online questionnaire on funding levels and the funding prioritization proposed by the board, said the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

“The $ 46.9 million available in the 2023 drinking water budget represents a record amount of funds available to improve Vermont water quality, in part thanks to an additional mobilization of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), ”Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore said. in a written statement. “This is an exciting step and underscores the importance of public input to inform funding priorities. “

The funding helps municipalities, farmers and others create projects that reduce pollution in waterways, ranging from farmers planting cover crops to reduce soil erosion and improve soil health to municipalities stabilizing erosion of roadsides, the department said. The water quality projects also help protect Vermonters from damaging flooding, the department said.

The council’s draft budget is available online. Comments can be sent via the questionnaire to the Clean Water Board until November 19. The board will make its final budget recommendations in December.


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