Clean Water

VNRC is a leader in the protection, restoration, and enhancement of Vermont’s water resources, which are irreplaceable elements of the state’s landscape and natural heritage. Caring for our waters is increasingly important to maintain Vermont’s resilience in a changing climate and amid the threat posed by toxic chemicals, including pesticides, to our drinking water.

For questions or inquiries:

Jon Groveman, Policy and Water Program Director

802-223-2328 x111

[email protected]

Karina Dailey, Restoration Ecologist

802-223-2328 x123

[email protected]

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At A Glance

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Stewarding Clean Water and Drinking Water

Protecting Vermont's rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, and groundwater

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Protecting Wetlands

Advancing legislation and regulatory changes that protect these ecologically valuable areas

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Removing Unused and Unmaintained Dams

Restoring and reconnecting our rivers through dam removal across Vermont

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Clean Water News

Pelletier Dam Removal Scheduled to Begin This Week in Castleton

Montpelier – The Pelletier Dam in Castleton, Vermont is scheduled to be removed by the end of this week.  This derelict dam is located on North Breton Brook off of East Hubbardton Road and…

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VNRC Signs onto SCOTUS Brief to Uphold Federal Clean Water Protections

Montpelier – Along with more than 100 environmental and community groups around the US, the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) has signed on to a United States Supreme Court brief…

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EPA Acknowledges Exposure to PFAS Toxic Chemicals is More Dangerous than Previously Thought

Montpelier – Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is setting acceptable levels for exposure to certain PFAS toxic chemicals (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) at near zero.  The levels…

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Water Caucus

Collaborating on clean water

VNRC created the Water Caucus to better involve environmental advocates and watershed groups in the development and implementation of sound water policy and legislation. The Water Caucus fosters discussion and encourages engagement around a range of issues, including clean water funding, stormwater management, dam regulation, and more.

If your organization is interested in becoming a member of the Water Caucus, contact VNRC’s Policy and Water Program Director, Jon Groveman, at [email protected] or 802-223-2328, x111.

Learn more about the Water Caucus

Clean water makes great beer

In November 2019, VNRC launched the Vermont Brewshed® Alliance (the "Brewshed") to engage craft breweries in protecting clean water. An extension of VNRC’s conservation efforts, the Brewshed is a mutually-beneficial partnership between breweries, pubs, and VNRC to engage our members and their patrons in protecting the clean water we all depend on.

Stay tuned for events and special collaborations with breweries across Vermont!

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