What’s with ALL that ROCK in the DITCH? (Handy Brochure outlines details below!)

The large proportion of roads in TRORC’s region are gravel, which involves a wide range of erosion problems that impact surface water quality. These issues include gully erosion, stream channel erosion, sedimentation, stream incision, unfiltered conveyance of runoff, and the prevention of aquatic organism passage due to undersized structures. For these reasons, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) developed the Municipal Roads General Permit which requires towns to address their road erosion problems in the form of a Road Stormwater Management Plan.  

The Municipal Roads General Permit is intended to achieve significant reductions in stormwater-related erosion from municipal roads, both paved and unpaved. Municipalities will implement a customized, multi-year plan to stabilize their road drainage system. The plan will include bringing road drainage systems up to basic maintenance standards, and additional corrective measure to reduce erosion as necessary to meet a TMDL or other water quality restoration effort. The permit is required by Act 64, the Vermont Clean Water Act, and the Lake Champlain Phase I TMDL.

For more information on the DEC Municipal Roads program and the development of the Municipal Roads General Permit, contact Jim Ryan by email or at (802) 490-6140.

  • Towns will need to apply by July 31, 2018
  • Towns will PHASE IN Permit Coverage from 2019-2021

Permit Documents

Road Stormwater Management Plan (RSWMP)

Municipalities shall complete a Road Stormwater Management Plan (RSWMP) by December 31, 2020.  The RSWMP consists of the municipality’s Implementation Table and results of the Road Erosion Inventory.

Assistance Documents

Permit Fee Information

MRGP fees are established by the Legislature.  The current fee schedule, 3 V.S.A § 2822, is available on the legislative website at: https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/03/051/02822.  The sections relevant to the MRGP can be found beginning at 3 V.S.A § 2822 (j)(2).

Initial fee due with NOI on July 31, 2018 – $240 administrative processing fee plus $400 application fee

Funding Assistance

Municipal Roads Grant-In-Aid Pilot Project

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has created the new Municipal Roads Grants-In-Aid Pilot Project to provide funding for municipalities to implement best management practices (BMPs) on municipal roads ahead of the forthcoming DEC Municipal Roads General Permit (MRGP). Year 3 of the Grants-In-Aid was just announced.

The DEC has set aside $2.9 million to support this pilot project and will work with the Regional Planning Commissions to make available grant funds to all participating Vermont municipalities that agree to terms contained in the packet of information sent to all municipalities in the TRO Region. This funding is to implement BMPs on hydrologically connected road segments that currently do not meet standards. Each municipality’s funding award depends on the number of hydrologically connected roads and the number of municipalities participating in this program.

TRORC will be the driving force of identifying projects under this program for implementation.

Year 3: Grant Invitation- Letter of Intent to Participate

Year 3: Equipment Grant Letter of Intent to Participate

Year 3: DEC Base Offer and Equipment Eligibility

FAQs – Municipal Roads Grants-In-Aid Pilot

DEC Press Release


Staff Contact

Rita Seto, Senior Planner

rseto@trorc.org

802-457-3188