The 1986 Vermont Legislature passed amendments to Vermont's water quality statutes, Title 10 VSA Chapter 47: Water Pollution Control, which stated that "it is the policy of the state to seek over the long term to upgrade the quality of waters and to reduce existing risks to water quality." The revised state law requires permits for discharges of "any waste, substance or material into the waters of the state." However, individual permits are not required for any discharges that inadvertently result from logging operations, if responsible management practices have been followed to protect water quality. Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont were developed and adopted as rules for Vermont's water quality statutes and became effective in 1987 and were subsequently revised effective October 22, 2016. AMPs are intended and designed to prevent sediment, petroleum products, and woody debris (logging slash) from entering Vermont’s waters.
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News relating to the new AMPs:
Upon the role-out of the new AMPs in late 2016 and early 2017, the Department discovered some gaps in the new revised rule. It was decided that going through the rulemaking process again was necessary in order to make the AMPs more clear, and to provide some missing recommentdations for permanent bridges and culverts on intermittent streams. The proposed revisions were filed with the Secretary of States office on December 8th, 2017. Please review the documents below to understand what the proposed changes are, and when the public involvement meetings will be held. If you have any questions regarding the process or the proposed rule, please contact the Watershed Forester Dave Wilcox at 802-793-0265.