More Information About the Meeting & Partnership
The Vermont Agricultural Water Quality Partnership (VAWQP) is dedicated to collaborating with and supporting agricultural producers 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 agricultural producers with respect for each partner’s vision, role and capacity. The MOU partners currently includes 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.
The VAWQP meeting will provide an opportunity for leadership and staff on the front line of Vermont’s clean water efforts to review progress towards and discuss strategies for improving the state’s waters as required by Act 64, Vermont’s Clean Water Law. Opportunities at the meeting to network with regional partners will support more effective and targeted focus of effort in order to accelerate improvements in water quality around the state. Presentations by a diverse group of water quality specialists, farmers, and other natural resource professionals will highlight new and innovative approaches to addressing water quality concerns.
For media inquiries or help registering for the event, please contact Amy Overstreet, NRCS Public Affairs Officer or Luke Rackers, Communications Coordinator at VACD.