Acceptable Management Practices

CrossingThe 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 August 11, 2018 AMPs are intended and designed to prevent sediment, petroleum products, and woody debris (logging slash) from entering Vermont’s waters. 

AMP Assistance:

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News relating to the new AMPs:

The Department is working on the new AMP manual, which will include the new rules, as well as supporting information on each of the AMPs, along with information on planning timber harvests, wetlands, and hazardous materials.  The new manual will be completed soon, stay tuned to the website for more information on the roll-out of the new AMP Manual.  The new rules can be found here:  Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs) for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont

If you have any questions regarding the new rule, please contact the Watershed Forester Dave Wilcox at 802-793-0265. 

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Danielle Fitzko, Director
Division of Forests
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620
(802) 828-1531