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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.

The New AMP Manual is Complete!

Its done! The AMP manual is now available. You can pick one up at your local Forests, Parks and Recreation office or download a pdf here: AMP Manual.pdf

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


Go to this link to learn about temporary bridge rentals:

Information on Temporary Bridge Rentals


Other Resources for Temporary Bridge Designs 

AMP Assistance:


Annual Statewide Summary Reports