Strong environmental laws are only as effective as the enforcement that backs them up. VNRC believes that enforcement of Vermont’s environmental laws has been minimal in many instances, and inconsistent in others. VNRC has been a consistent and vocal advocate for strong and even-handed enforcement of environmental laws, in particular water pollution laws, for many years.  As one example, in partnership with the Conservation Law Foundation VNRC recently argued successfully in the legislature for changes that allow citizens to have a greater say in enforcement penalties.