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Business, municipal, and environmental leaders call on lawmakers to take action on long-term water funding

Business, municipal, and environmental leaders came together today to express shared support for long-term clean water funding via a parcel fee, and the establishment of a Clean Water Authority to collect and distribute those funds to on-the-ground clean water projects.


Call for 2018 Art Gibb Award nominations

Nomination forms are now available for the 2018 Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership. This annual award is presented to a Vermont resident who embodies Arthur Gibb’s leadership skills and ability to balance competing interests in crafting innovative solutions, and who has made a lasting contribution to moving smart growth policies forward in their community, region or across the state.


VNRC praises Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) decision to withdraw Great Hosmer Pond Rule

VNRC is praising a decision by DEC to withdraw a proposed rule that would have imposed restrictions on the use of non-motorized boats on Great Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury, Vermont. DEC drafted the rule last year and indicated its intention to formally move the proposal through the rulemaking process.


Vermont Natural Resources Council seeking applications for Small Grants for Smart Growth Program

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is seeking applications for its 2018 Small Grants for Smart Growth Program.

The grant program, launched this year, provides seed money for community-based, local initiatives related to Smart Growth including: (1) advocacy for better land use through municipal planning, regulations, or advocacy in the permit process; (2) initiatives in the following areas provided they relate to Smart Growth: transportation; housing; conservation, including agriculture, forestry, and historic preservation; downtown and/or village center development or revitalization.


VNRC submits comments regarding use of VW Mitigation Trust funds

The $18.7 million in VW Mitigation Trust funds present an exciting opportunity for Vermont to move toward a cleaner transportation system. Done right, we can reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions while also improving public health and strengthening our communities.


Clean Water Forum

Moderator: Anne Galloway, Editor VTDigger

Panelists: Sec. Julie Moore, Sec. Anson Tebbetts, Sen. Chris Bray, Rep. David Deen, Jon Groveman, Jen Kimmich

Hosted by: Vermont Clean Water Network, Vermont PBS, VTDigger


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Hot Breakfast & Networking

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Announcements

8:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion – Clean Water Policy and Funding
Moderator – Anne Galloway, VTDigger

  • Julie Moore, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Anson Tebbetts, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets
  • Sen. Chris Bray, Chair, Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy
  • Rep. David Deen, Chair, House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife
  • Jon Groveman, Policy and Water Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council
  • Jen Kimmich, Co-Owner, The Alchemist

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.
Clean Water Policy and Funding Conversations

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Start Date: January 22 @ 8:00 am
End Date: January 22 @ 12:00 pm

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Moms for a Toxic-Free VT March

The Scott Administration is changing current policy to give industry a significant delay in the plan to disclose children’s products containing toxic chemicals! Industry lobbyists want to keep parents in the dark for as long as possible about the toxins hidden in their children’s products. We’re marching from the workshop at the Department of Health to the Burlington Town Center mall where we’ll hold a short press conference calling on Governor Scott to maintain the existing policy to protect our kids.

8:30 – 10:00 Public Workshop to discuss the proposed amendments to the Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Products rule at the Department of Health 108 Cherry Street, Burlington Conference room 2B (Second Floor) If you feel excited, please come to give a public comment!
10:15 – 10:30 Come meet in the lobby of the Department of Health (108 Cherry Street, Burlington) with your signs for a press conference!

Start Date: January 22 @ 8:30 am
End Date: January 22 @ 10:30 am

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2018 Acting on Climate Change in VT

Start Date: January 24 @ 6:00 pm
End Date: January 24 @ 7:30 pm

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Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition Legislative Day

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition Legislative Day is the day for housing and conservation supporters to champion the projects and values supported by Vermont Housing & Conservation Board funding. Legislators need to hear from YOU – Vermonters doing the work on the ground – about how VHCB-funded projects are helping solve some of Vermont’s most pressing issues. Together, our partnership with VHCB fights homelessness, improves water quality, protects our irreplaceable natural heritage, creates affordable housing, supports downtown development, and promotes rural economic development, including on working farms and forests. Please join us at the State House on Friday, February 9 to deliver the message that it is important to continue funding VHCB. Register at www.vlt.org/vhcc


Subject to change.

7:30 am – Farmers’ Breakfast with legislators (Cafeteria)

8:30 am – Mini-training for participants: “How to be an effective citizen lobbyist” (Room 11)

9:00 am – Welcome and Meet with State Leaders (Room 11)

10:00 am – Legislative committee hearings

12:00 pm – Lunch meetings with your legislators

1:00 pm – Ice Cream Social

Visiting the Statehouse

To help you find your way to the statehouse here is a link to a map with routes and parking information. The Capital Shuttle is recommended when parking in distant parking lots. The Capital Shuttle travels via State Street, Memorial Drive/Dept. of Labor and National Life Drive, providing connections to and from the State House during the Legislative session. For a complete listing of service dates, please call (802) 223-7287.

Tips for being in the State House

  • The building can be warm or cold – dress in layers for comfort.
  • Lunch can be purchased in the Statehouse cafeteria.
  • Although we will notify your legislator that you will be in the building, we encourage you to set up an individual or small group meeting with your legislators in advance. Visit legislature.vermont.gov for an easy-to-use guide to find your legislators.

Start Date: February 9 @ 7:30 am
End Date: February 9 @ 2:00 pm

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Vermont Clean Water Day 2018

Join us for Clean Water Day on Thursday, February 22nd to celebrate our lakes, ponds, rivers and wetlands, and call on our lawmakers to invest in cleaning up and protecting our waterways.

We can no longer take clean water for granted. Pollution from farms, development, and wastewater has impaired many of our waterways, some of which no longer meet our basic water quality standards. Without adequate short and long-term funding, pollution will continue to undermine our public health, economic vitality, and cultural identity.

Join us on Clean Water Day to tell our lawmakers it’s time to invest in clean water. 

RSVP here.

Together with farmers, businesses, and municipalities, we can turn the dial on water pollution. But the state must fund the short and long-term investments needed to ensure we meet our moral and legal clean water obligations. Lawmakers need to hear loud and clear that it’s time to invest in clean water.

On Clean Water Day we will help you set up a meeting with your lawmakers, and will provide training on how you can share your perspective on why it’s important to invest in clean water now and over the long-term.

Stay tuned for registration information and agenda!


Subject to change.

We will meet at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier for issue overview and lobbying 101;
We will march to the State House for a press event and to meet with lawmakers;
We will end the day with a reception in the State House.

Start Date: February 22 @ 10:00 am
End Date: February 22 @ 4:00 pm

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January 2018

Headlines: New year and a new legislative session, Winter 2018 Vermont Environmental Report, We want to hear from you: 2018 VNRC member survey, Welcome 2018 legislative session interns, Vermont climate action update: #ActOnClimateVT, LaPlatte River Marsh Wetland one step closer to greater protection, VNRC & T4VT submit comments on VW Mitigation Funds, Our Vermont Woods, VCV Update: Common Agenda pre-release, Vermont News, Upcoming Events, National News.

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December 2017

Headlines: Thank you for your support in 2017 and beyond, Remembering John Ewing, We’re hiring: Membership & Outreach Coordinator, 10th annual VECAN conference a success, Investing in local economies & strong communities, VNRC joins partners to submit comments to VOREC, VNRC continues to advocate for clean water, greater protections, Growing state leadership from Montpelier to Minneapolis, VCV update: They protect us, let’s return the favor, Vermont News, Upcoming Events, National News.

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November 2017

Headlines: VNRC leading at a critical juncture, Register today for the 10th annual Vermont Energy & Climate Action Conference, Transportation for Vermonters: Broad, new transportation advocacy coalition, The state of Vermont waterways, Promoting wildlife connectivity in Vermont, Talking smart growth from Montpelier to Washington D.C., VCV update: We want to hear from you!, Vermont News, Upcoming Events, National News.

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October 2017

Headlines: VER online and thank you for celebrating Warren King and VNRC; Submit Your Climate Action Comments; Support Vermont’s Backcountry & Recreational Experiences; We’re Putting DEC on Notice: Great Hosmer Pond; Community Planning Toolkit Updated-Strip Development; VCV Update: Children’s Environmental Health Day; VNRC & VCV Seeking a Legislative Intern; Vermont News; Upcoming Events; National News

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September 2017

Headlines: Join Us In Celebrating Good Work – And The People Who Make It Possible; Revitalizing Downtown Bennington; Get Out Your Calendars…; Everyone’s Economic Opportunity In Climate Action; Removing Small Dams to Restore Rivers; The Day-to-Day Actions Of Genuine Leaders; VCV Update: Protecting Vermonters from Toxic Chemicals; Vermont News; Upcoming Events; National News

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