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

Karina Dailey, Restoration Ecologist

802-223-2328 x123

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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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Building Climate Resilience

Advancing legislation to strengthen our resilience, protect wetlands and river corridors, and support our communities in adapting to climate change

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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

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2024 Vermont Legislative Bulletin – Historic Progress for Vermont’s Climate, Communities, and Natural Resources

It’s been a historic year for climate action, communities, and natural resources! Read about the monumental progress made this year in our 2024 Legislative Bulletin. With the devastating impacts of…

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Two Things: Veto Overrides and the State of the Lake

Two Things: A legislative update as the veto override session approaches, and the 2024 State of the Lake Report. Stay informed, stay connected – two things. Key Bills Head for…

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Three Things: Pivotal Policy Progress, We’re Hiring, and Celebrating Senator McCormack 

Three Things: Asking you to contact the governor about key environmental bills, hiring a Climate Action Organizer, and celebrating Senator McCormack’s 30+ years of public service. Stay informed, connected, and…

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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 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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