Vermont releases $5.6 million for manufactured housing communities to improve stormwater

June 6, 2024
The state of Vermont has made $5.6 million in funding available for manufactured housing communities to improve stormwater practices.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the availability of $5.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to help manufactured housing communities improve stormwater practices.

DEC is seeking proposals, due July 5, 2024, from organizations interested in helping targeted communities access this funding.

Vermont’s regulations require sites with impervious surfaces of three or more acres to get a 3-acre permit. These sights must treat stormwater runoff from hard surfaces, like roof tops, roads and parking areas, to reduce pollution entering the waterways. DEC aims to help as many manufactured housing communities as possible build the stormwater controls that are required for this permit.

“We know that clean water projects can be costly for many Vermonters,” said DEC Commissioner Jason Batchelder in a press release. “That’s why it’s key to connect communities with construction funding for stormwater projects. It’s a win-win and protects both human health and our natural resources for generations.”

The request for proposals seeks services to bring funding and technical assistance to the state’s highest need communities while advancing the goals of the Clean Water Act. The selected vendor will oversee and administer the initiative. A portion of the full award can be used to support the administration of the initiative in partnership with DEC.

Applicants with a background related to funding program design and administration, stormwater construction project contracting and management, operating in service or partnership with manufactured housing communities, and the state stormwater GP 3-9050 permit are encouraged to apply.