The Vermont Agricultural Water Quality Partnership (VAWQP) is dedicated to collaborating with and supporting farmers in their efforts to improve water quality. VAWQP is comprised of the agencies and organizations that signed the Lake Champlain Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in January 2012.
The Partnership seeks to accelerate improved water quality by collaborating to provide outreach, education, technical and financial assistance directly to farmers with respect for each partner’s vision, role and capacity.
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 and Conservation Board and Lake Champlain Basin Program.
NOTICE: The entities of the VAWQP remain committed to supporting Vemont’s farmers and food system during the Covid-19 crisis. During this historic and challenging time, each of our respective agencies aims to share relevant information and resources. Please visit the websites linked below to our partner entities for the latest information.
NRCS provides incentives to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners wanting to put wetlands, agricultural land, grasslands and forests under long-term easements. Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can receive financial assistance from NRCS to make improvements to their land.
The Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1983 formed to conduct educational, scientific, charitable work concerning conservation, maintenance, improvement and development and use of land, soil, water, trees, vegetation, fish and wildlife and other natural resources in Vermont.
The USFWS enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitats, and assists foreign governments with conservation.
Clean water is essential for the health of our economy and communities. Vermonters - including farmers and landowners - are embracing their responsibility to do their part in protecting Vermont's waterways, and UVM Extension staff and faculty are available to help.
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s mission is to preserve, enhance, restore and conserve Vermont’s natural resources and protect human health for the benefit of this and future generations.
FSA administers a wide variety of programs for agricultural producers that have the potential to improve water quality.
With nine county offices in Vermont, FSA serves agriculture by providing federal program benefits such as annual operating loans and land purchases, commodity price supports, disaster relief, and conservation.
More than 1.2 million acres of Vermont land is devoted to farming, and agriculture is one of our most important industries. As a whole, agriculture preserves open land, provides us healthy local foods, and is an essential part of Vermont's identity. At the same time, Vermont's waters are critical to our economy and to our quality of life. We do not have to trade one for the other.
The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) works in partnership with government agencies from New York, Vermont, and Quebec, private organizations, local communities, and individuals to coordinate and fund efforts which benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources.
The dual goals of creating affordable housing for Vermonters, and conserving and protecting Vermont's agricultural land, forestland, historic properties, important natural areas, and recreational lands are of primary importance to the economic vitality and quality of life of the State.
Besides the beautiful green mountains, Vermont is well-known for our water resources. From the highest mountain streams to majestic Lake Champlain, Vermont's water systems provide unique animal habitat, human recreational opportunities, and help to sustain the people who live here.
To achieve its vision, purpose, mission, and overarching goals, the Vermont Agriculture Water Quality Partnership created a strategic plan for 2019-2024. The objectives and tasks identified in the plan will build a stronger coalition and share research and learning across the partnership.
In 2022, the Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District compiled our first annual:
We plan to update it each year. Please send any and all feedback to info@FranklinCountyNRCD.org or via the comment box below for us to incorporate into future versions.
We hope this guide is a great resource for our community!
In September of 2020, there was the establishment of the VAWQP Science Advisory Committee, comprised of technical, research, leadership, and programmatic partners with the intention of evaluating applicable data and research pertaining to Vermont agricultural water quality, identifying gaps and opportunities for necessary research, evaluation of existing conservation practices/funding programs and recommendations for refining these areas for the most effective and efficient efforts for water quality.
Agenda and materials from the May 2, 2022 virtual meeting are available below.
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