RAP Subsurface Tile Drainage Draft Rule

Download The Proposed Rule




For more information about the RAPs and the Agency’s efforts to implement Act 64 of 2015, please e-mail: AGR.WaterQuality@vermont.gov or contact the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets at (802) 272-0323.


Public Hearings

Three public hearings will be held:

  • March 30, 2018:  1 PM – 3 PM at the St. Albans Historical Museum, 9 Church Street, St. Albans VT 05478
  • April 2, 2018: 5 PM – 7 PM at the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
  • April 5, 2016: 1 PM – 3 PM at the Middlebury American Legion, 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury, VT 05753


Public Comments

Public comment can be submitted to the Agency’s RAP e-mail inbox at AGR.RAP@vermont.gov or by mailing written comment to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture at 116 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620.

The public comment period is open until 4/19/2018


Enabling Legislation

6 V.S.A. § 4810a (b)
Required Agricultural Practices Revision

On or before January 15, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets shall amend by rule the required agricultural practices in order to include requirements for reducing nutrient contribution to waters of the State from subsurface tile drainage. Upon adoption of requirements for subsurface tile drainage, the Secretary may require an existing subsurface tile drain to comply with the requirements of the RAPs for subsurface tile drainage upon a determination that compliance is necessary to reduce adverse impacts to water quality from the subsurface tile drain. (Added 2015, No. 64, § 4; amended 2015, No. 105 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. May 12, 2016.)




Annotated Summary of Proposed RAP Rule Changes (2/21/2018)


Complete Proposed RAP Rule (2/21/2018)
(Section 12 = New Tile Section)


Full RAP Proposed Rule Secretary of State Filing Set (2/21/2018)