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October 02, 2012

ANR Announces Green Infrastructure Initiative – an Environmentally Sustainable Approach to Manage Stormwater Pollution

Vermont receives quarter million dollar grant to support pollution prevention effort

Wednesday, October 3rd, 12:00 Noon

The Hilton Hotel

Burlington, Vermont

Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Agency of Transportation, Brian Searles and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner, David Mears, will be announcing the kick off of “Vermont’s Green Infrastructure Initiative.” The announcement will be made at a meeting for municipal public works employees and environmental engineers on innovative approaches to stormwater management. Markowitz will also be announcing the receipt of a $245,000 USDA Forest Service grant that will help the state in this effort.

One of the most significant causes of pollution in our rivers and lakes is stormwater runoff. Traditional engineered approaches to clean stormwater before it reaches our waterways have been challenging and costly to implement. The Green Infrastructure Initiative provides a coordinated mechanism for implementing green infrastructure practices throughout Vermont. It is particularly relevant because of its impact on flood resiliency and because the new TMDL (pollution budget) being negotiated for Lake Champlain with EPA and new stormwater requirements for our larger communities will require our cities and towns to find innovative approaches to manage stormwater.

Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: October 02, 2012 12:17:57