Vermont’s natural beauty is marred by water pollution, affecting approximately 15% of its lakes and 20% of streams, according to the VT DEC. Much of this pollution stems from stormwater runoff, originating from various sources like agricultural land, roads, parking lots, and industrial facilities, among others. Managing stormwater effectively is crucial for property owners and developers, especially when dealing with 3-acre (3-9050) stormwater permits. At TCE, a Bowman Company, our focus is on sharing insights and solutions to empower others. Our aim is to provide valuable information, solutions, and help for accessing funding resources.

What is the 3-Acre Rule?

  • The 3-Acre Rule mandates stormwater general permits for existing properties with three or more acres of impervious surfaces, like roads or parking lots, previously exempt from stormwater permitting. Compliance deadlines are set based on watershed locations, with specific timelines for different areas within Vermont. You can view more info at the VT Department of Environmental Conversation website here.

Understanding the Issue:

  • This permit only applies to landowners that have 3 acres or more of existing impervious surface on their property, or are part of a “Common Plan of Development” that totals over 3 acres. Those landowners will need to seek coverage under the permit and begin reviewing how they will ultimately comply with the permit requirements.

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Who is Affected:

  • Landowners whose properties have more than 3 acres of impervious surfaces (like roofs and pavement), or are part of a larger development plan that collectively totals over 3 acres, requiring a (3-9050) stormwater permit.

The Permit Process:

  • Landowners must apply for coverage with an approved retrofit design within 18 months and complete installation within 5 years after ANR approval. The 3-acre stormwater permit process involves identifying regulated areas, submitting an application, developing and implementing a stormwater management plan, and maintaining compliance through regular inspections and reports.

Accessing Funding Opportunities:

  • Securing funding can be challenging. We’ll provide insights into various resources available, including government grants, loans, and incentive programs, to help finance stormwater initiatives effectively.

Seeking Assistance:

  • Navigating stormwater regulations can be complex. TCE, a Bowman company with over 45 years of experience, offers expertise in permitting, design, and finding cost-effective solutions. Preserving Vermont’s water resources requires proactive action. By understanding and complying with stormwater regulations, we can ensure a sustainable future for our communities.

Our goal is to support sustainable stormwater management and foster environmental stewardship. For insights on effective stormwater management and making a positive impact, call us at 802-879-6331 or use our contact form to discuss how we can assist you.