RAP Subsurface Tile Drainage Draft Rule

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Annotated Summary of Draft RAP Rule Changes

This document summarizes the changes which were made to the complete RAP Rule which includes the addition of a new section to provide requirements for agricultural subsurface tile drainage


Complete Draft RAP Rule
(Section 12 = New Section)


Full RAP Draft Rule ICAR Pre-Filing Set



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 22, 2018:  5 PM – 7 PM at the St. Albans Historical Museum, 9 Church Street, St. Albans VT 05478
  • March 26, 2018: 1 PM – 3 PM at the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
  • March 28, 2016: 5 PM – 7 PM at the Middlebury American Legion, 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury, VT 05753


Public Comments

The formal public comment period has not yet opened.  However comments can be submitted at any time.  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.


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.)