Water Quality

  • Lake Champlain

    VHCB conservation programs provide funding to protect wetlands and floodplains that increase Vermont's flood resiliency. Conserving agricultural land, forestland, natural areas and recreational lands helps protect water quality through conservation easement restrictions and management plans that establish special environmental protection areas.

    • The VHCB Farm & Forest Viability Program makes Water Quality Grants for infrastructure improvements on farms to improve water quality. 
    • VHCB is the Clean Water Service Provider for the Memphremagog Basin
    • VHCB is proud to be a partner in the Vermont Agricultural Water Quality Partnership (VAWQP), an association of agencies and organizations that seeks to accelerate improvements to water quality by collaborating to provide outreach, education, technical and financial assistance directly to agricultural producers with respect for each partner’s vision, role and capacity. VAWQP is comprised of the following agencies: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Farm Service Agency, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Vermont Extension, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and Lake Champlain Basin Program. 

    Faces of VT Agriculture, 22-minute video produced by the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Vermont that highlights farmers in Vermont who are going above and beyond to protect soil and water along rivers and streams,  wetlands and floodplains, and employees from the VT Agricultural Water Quality Partnership who are working hard to support these exemplary stewards of the land.