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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 10 : Conservation and Development

Chapter 047 : Water Pollution Control

Subchapter 001 : Water Pollution Control

(Cite as: 10 V.S.A. § 1250)
  • § 1250. State water quality policy

    It is the policy of the State of Vermont to:

    (1) protect and enhance the quality, character and usefulness of its surface waters and to assure the public health;

    (2) maintain the purity of drinking water;

    (3) control the discharge of wastes to the waters of the State, prevent degradation of high quality waters and prevent, abate or control all activities harmful to water quality;

    (4) assure the maintenance of water quality necessary to sustain existing aquatic communities;

    (5) provide clear, consistent, and enforceable standards for the permitting and management of discharges;

    (6) protect from risk and preserve in their natural state certain high quality waters, including fragile high-altitude waters, and the ecosystems they sustain;

    (7) manage the waters of the State to promote a healthy and prosperous agricultural community; to increase the opportunities for use of the State’s forest, park, and recreational facilities; and to allow beneficial and environmentally sound development; and

    (8) seek over the long term to upgrade the quality of waters and to reduce existing risks to water quality. (Added 1985, No. 199 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. May 17, 1986; amended 2019, No. 14, § 30, eff. April 30, 2019.)