Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Highlights Progress at Clean Water Policy Meeting

In what ways are Vermonters working for water quality?

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts sat down with local lawmakers, officials, business leaders and members of the media at the Vermont Clean Water Network progress meeting in Montpelier to answer questions about the Agency’s plan to help clean Vermont’s waterways.

“We have a plan, it’s an aggressive plan, to limit the phosphorous load into our waterways,” said Sec. Tebbetts.

Secretary Tebbetts went on to describe how the Agency is;

1.      helping farmers make improvements on their farms;

2.      providing education and technical assistance;

3.      inspecting large, medium and small farms;

4.      and putting more boots on the ground to do enforcements.

In 2017, the State invested $17 million in related water quality projects across all sectors. As part of this investment, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture devoted $5.2 million in technical and financial assistance, engagement and outreach, rules and regulation, and inspection and enforcement.

Secretary Tebbetts says it has all added up to progress made in just a short period of time.

“Some of the toughest jobs are now in agriculture in state government. They’re going to farmers, having difficult conversations with farmers about complying with water laws,” said Sec. Tebbetts. “And the farmers are stepping up and doing it…it’s progress”

You can watch the Vermont Clean Water Network progress meeting below: