Municipal Roads Grants in Aid Program Resumes in 2018

Last year (spring of 2017), Vermont DEC developed a pilot project to provide fundingfor municipalities to begin implementation of best management practices (BMPs) to get Municipal Roads General Permit (MRGP) standards compliance underway on towen roads. VT DEC had asked the Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) to help with the implementation of this Municipal Roads Grants-In-Aid Program. This work was very successful, and DEC is working with RPCs once more to administer this program.

So, the Municipal Roads Grants in Aid Program is continuing into this 2018 field season. On May 14th, the Windham Regional Commission sent hard and soft copies of the Letter of Intent to Participate to regional municipalities, along with estimated VT DEC award amounts (based on a town’s number of hydrologically-connected road segments). Municipalities may submit their Letter of Intent to Participate by June 22, 2018, signed letters can be sent by email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

There will be some changes to the Grants in Aid Program in 2018. Notably for municipalities, the $240 MRGP administrative processing fee will need to be paid to DEC by July 31, 2018, to be eligible for Grants-in-Aid funds. This comes in light of the development of the final MRGP. This administrative processing fee will be accompanied by an MRGP Notice of Intent application form, which will be finalized by DEC and sent to municipalities in May 2018. When finished, it can also be found at: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/stormwater/permit-information-applications-fees/municipal-roads-program

Grants in Aid Program Deadlines:

For municipalities previously enrolled in YEAR 1 Grants in Aid Program (2017):

  • June 30, 2018: All Year 1 BMP construction completed.
  • July 13, 2018: All municipal expenses and invoices for Year 1 projects due. Please send any invoices, receipts, and the municipal invoicing cover sheet to Windham Regional Commission Planner Emily Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For municipalities intending to enroll in YEAR 2 Grants in Aid Program (2018):

  • June 22, 2018: Municipal Letters of Intent to Participate due. Signed letters can be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • ~July, 2018: Site visits and project identification begin.
  • October 31, 2018: First project completion deadline.
  • June 30, 2019: Final completion date for Year 2 projects.

About the Municipal Roads General Permit:

In 2015, the Vermont state legislature passed H.35/Act 64, or VT’s Clean Water Act (VCWA). The comprehensive statute mandated an “all-in” approach to improving water quality, and creates new standards and requirements that will reduce polluted runoff, nutrient loading, and sedimentation from developed lands, including highways, roads and other impervious surfaces.

As a requirement of the VCWA, the VT Agency of Natural Resources has developed the Municipal Roads General Permit (MRGP), which is “intended to achieve significant reductions in stormwater-related erosion from municipal roads, both paved and unpaved.” Through this program, municipalities will implement a customized, multi-year plan to stabilize their road drainage system. The plan will include bringing road drainage systems up to basic maintenance standards, and additional corrective measure to reduce erosion as necessary to meet a TMDL or other water quality restoration effort (for more information on the DEC Municipal Roads program and the development of the Municipal Roads General Permit, visit http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/stormwater/permit-information-applications-fees/municipal-roads-program, or contact Jim Ryan at (802) 490-6140 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

As a first step of the MRGP process, municipalities will inventory the sections of their roads that bisect or drain into water bodies (referred to as “hydrologically-connected”) through ditches, culverts or other drainage structures. A map layer of hydrologically-connected municipal road segments is available at: http://anr.vermont.gov/maps/nr-atlas

The second step will be developing Implementation Plans that prioritize road segment remediation work to bring non-complying road segments up to MRGP standards. Implementation Plans will include current MRGP compliance status (whether individual road segments meet standards), and itemized list of practices needed to bring non-meeting segments up to standards, and remediation schedules. Towns will submit Semi-Annual Compliance Reports summarizing progress in implementing measures on hydrologically-connected road segments (such as grass and stone-lined drainage ditches, stone check-dams, proper road crowning, upgrading road drainage culverts and installing outlet stabilization and/or headwalls where erosion is present, etc).

Municipal Roads General Permit Timeline:

 

  • Municipalities shall submit their first completed REI by December 31, 2020.
  • Municipalities shall record the REI scoring information in the Implementation Table. The completed Implementation Table shall be submitted as the municipality’s RSWMP and shall identify planned road stormwater improvements and implementation. The Implementation Table is available on the Stormwater Program’s website: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/stormwater/permit-information-applications-fees/municipalroads-program
  • The municipality shall include in its Implementation Table the number of non-compliant road segments the municipality will bring up to standards, in order to achieve compliance by December 31, 2036.
  • The municipality shall, within the first five-year permit term (by January 2023), upgrade at least 15% of the non-compliant road segments identified in the REI submitted with the RSWMP.
  • The municipality shall report annually on the status of implementation.

 

We recognize the MRGP is still a new program for many towns, and Selectboards may just be starting to have conversations about standards compliance. If you have any other further questions about the MRGP program or this funding initiative, please contact WRC Staff at (802)-257-4547

  • Emily Davis re: Water Quality, ext. 116
  • Erica Roper re: Transportation, ext. 108
  • Jeff Nugent re: Road Erosion Inventories, ext. 111
Last Updated on 16 May 2018
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