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.
Since the initial adoption of AMPs, the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has provided education, outreach, and technical assistance to logging contractors, landowners, and foresters in an effort to reduce the number and severity of discharges resulting from logging operations. AMP activities are summarized in annual state-wide summary reports.
Annual Statewide Summary Reports
AMP Assistance - District Forestry Offices