The Chittenden County Regional Stormwater Education Program (RSEP) was formed in 2003 to encourage area residents to get personally involved in reducing storm water pollution in Lake Champlain. The effort is conducted as part of public education measures required by federal Environmental Protection Agency storm water system permits.

Chittenden County RSEP uses television, radio, print, and this website to distribute messages linked to specific stormwater problems, such as proper pet waste disposal, minimizing debris from home projects, proper disposal of toxic chemicals, safer car washing, reducing erosion and over fertilization of lawns and gardens. In addition to the multi-channel media campaign, educational events hosted throughout Chittenden County also raise awareness and encourage positive behavior change in residents.

Effective with meetings commencing in November 2015, the Regional Stormwater Education Program and the Chittenden County Stream efforts will be overseen by a separate “MS-4 Subcommittee” of CCRPC’s ad hoc Clean Water Advisory Committee.

Please visit the Clean Water Advisory Committee page here

Voting Members

John Choate, Public Works Department City of Winooski

Thomas J. DiPietro, Stormwater Superintendent South Burlington Stormwater Utility

Chris Robinson, Water Quality Superintendent Town of Shelburne

Jennifer Callahan, Operations Stormwater Technician, VT Agency of Transportation

James L. Jutras, Director, Public Works/Waste Water Treatment Facility Village of Essex Junction

Amanda Hanaway-Corrente Director of Engineering & Environmental Compliance Burlington International Airport

Roger Hunt, Town Engineer Town of Milton

Dennis E. Lutz, P.E., Town Engineer/Public Works Director Town of Essex

Megan Moir, CPESC, CPSWQ, Stormwater Plangineer, Public Works Department City of Burlington

James Sherrard, Stormwater Coordinator, Town of Williston

Bryan K. Osborne, Director of Public Works Town of Colchester

Lani Ravin, Campus Planning Services University of Vermont

Non-Voting Members

Dan Albrecht, Senior Planner Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

Jim Pease and Christy Witters, Dept. of Environmental Conservation VT Agency of Natural Resources

Mike Barsotti, Director of Water Quality & Production Champlain Water District

EPA Background

The federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permitting program was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in two phases.

Phase I, promulgated in 1990, addresses the following sources:

“Large” and “medium” municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) located in incorporated places and counties with populations of 100,000 or more, and Eleven categories of industrial activity, one of which is large construction activity that disturbs 5 or more acres of land.

Phase II, promulgated in 1999, addresses additional sources, including MS4s not regulated under Phase I, and small construction activity disturbing between 1 and 5 acres. In Vermont nine municipalities with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) are required to come into compliance with this Phase II rule.

In October 2000, EPA authorized the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to implement the NPDES stormwater permitting program in the State of Vermont. The NPDES stormwater program regulates point source discharges of stormwater into surface waters of the State of Vermont from certain municipal, industrial and construction activities. As the NPDES stormwater permitting authority, DEC is responsible for promulgating rules and issuing permits, managing and reviewing permit applications, and performing compliance and enforcement activities.

In Vermont nine municipalities with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) are required to come into compliance with this Phase II rule. These communities are Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston, and Winooski. Three publicly owned ‘non-traditional’ separate storm sewer systems were also designated. These systems are owned or operated by the University of Vermont, Burlington International Airport and the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The regulations apply to areas served by each MS4 that are located either within the Census Bureau urban census designated area or watersheds that are principally impaired by stormwater.