Vermont Rural Water Association (VRWA): www.vtrural.org. Serving primarily municipalities and private water systems, VRWD offers a range of trainings, tracks policy issues and rules, and provides technical advice and assistance to cities and towns. GMWEA and VRWA often collaborate on programs and activities.
VRWA is a member of the National Rural Water Association and maintains a comprehensive contact list of scores of links to information useful to individuals, municipalities, corporations, nonprofits, and policy-makers at all levels. Go to http://vtruralwater.org/industry/links.php
New England Water Works Association (NEWWA): www.newwa.org . Based in Massachusetts, NEWWA in a regional organization focused on drinking water. It offers conferences, trainings for professionals, and a quarterly journal/newsletter.
New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA): www.newea.org. Often collaborating with GMWEA, NEWEA is based in Woburn, Mass., and focuses on wastewater issues. It offers conferences, technical trainings, a quarterly journal, and regional links.
Vermont Legislature: These are the people responsible for state laws, the state budget, and the fine print of agency policies and rules. We're fortunate to live in a state where you can directly contact your local Statehouse representative or senator. Click on the following link to find contact information for the legislators from your district: http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/all/2016
Regional Stormwater Education Program: www.smartwaterways.org
Chittenden County Stream Team:www.ccstreamteam.org.
Lake Champlain Basin Program: www.lcbp.org/stormwater.htm
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Stormwater Section:
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stormwater Program:
We encourage GMWEA members, the public, and policy makers to stay informed and engaged in water quality issues. The following links will connect you to state, regional, and federal organizations/agencies for more information on water quality science, technology, infrastructure, emerging issues, funding, and policies.
Links and Resources
Water Quality Infrastructure
Information and Education
For anyone seeking to understand the challenges facing natural waters and drinking water/wastewater management, the following video trailer -- created by Penn State University -- offers a good, concise introduction. The full 43-minute video is also available onliine, and you can find hundreds of comparable news videos and documentaries on the web.