Resolution Urging Public Officials and Elected Leaders To Acknowledge the Value of Clean Water to Vermont’s Public and Economic Health and To Sustainably Invest in the Same

WHEREAS, clean water is essential to Vermonters’ personal health and the health of our economy and Vermont’s environment; and

WHEREAS, clean water is critical to ensure healthy habitats vital to the protection and restoration of indigenous species and the protection of all flora and fauna throughout the food web; and

WHEREAS, significant progress to restore and protect our water resources has been made since the passage of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act; and

WHEREAS, compromised and impaired waters still exist, and unimpaired waters remain largely unprotected, threatening our quality of life and our economy while public sector investment in protecting water quality continues to shrink, leaving forty years of environmental gains since the passage of the Clean Water Act hanging in the balance; and

WHEREAS, protecting the Vermont brand built on a reputation for protecting its unsurpassed environmental health from degradation is essential for the continued success of all business sectors relying on this crucial market distinction; and

WHEREAS, outdoor recreation, in particular water-based recreation, is a vital aspect of our state identity and a major pursuit among Vermonters and visitors, alike; and

WHEREAS, polluted waters are not accessible waters, do not support aquatic life, and, worse, imperil public health; and

WHEREAS, outdated treatment technologies, aging pipes and pumps, and inadequate capacity undermine our ability to treat sewage, stormwater, and drinking water; and

WHEREAS, in the opinion of leading professionals within numerous disciplines, infrastructure is inadequately funded in Vermont to meet current and future requirements; and

WHEREAS, new and sustained public investment for clean water at the federal, state, and municipal levels is critical to protect this basic element of public health and a vibrant, sustainable economy; and

WHEREAS, it is our legal and moral obligation, as well as an ethical imperative, to ensure that the same quality of life enjoyed by the current generation is possible for the next.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the undersigned concerned citizens and organizations urge that our state and local elected officials and policymakers:

1. Expeditiously adopt new, equitable, targeted fees and dedicated, broad-based revenue mechanisms; and

2. Sustainably invest these revenues statewide into water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure, and all other manner of water resources protection and water pollution remediation.

Approved and adopted the eighth day of January 2013.


Signed by,

Matthew Witten, Coordinator - Addison County Riverwatch Collaborative

Jim Shallow, Conservation & Policy Director - Audubon Vermont

Andrew Fisk, Executive Director - Connecticut River Watershed Council

Christopher Kilian, Vermont Director - Conservation Law Foundation

Fred & Judi Danforth, Founders/Owners/Designers - Danforth Pewter

Jackie Sprague, Board President - Federation of Vermont Lakes & Ponds

Caitrin Noel, Executive Director - Friends of the Mad River

Ann Smith, Executive Director - Friends of the Winooski River

Lori Fisher, Executive Director - Lake Champlain Committee

James Ehlers, Executive Director - Lake Champlain International

Martha Illick, Executive Director - Lewis Creek Association

Wes Hamilton - The Mad Taco

Melinda Moulton, CEO/Redeveloper - Main Street Landing

Claude Bernier, Vice President - Memphrémagog Conservation, Inc.

Donald B. Hendrich, President - Memphremagog Watershed Association

Curtis Fisher, Regional Director - National Wildlife Federation

Jesse Haller, President - New Haven River Anglers

Aleksandra Drizo, PhD, CEO - PhosphoReduc LLC

David Speidel, Partner/Brand Director - Place Creative Company

Red Clover Inn & Restaurant

Coralee Holm, Executive Director - St. Albans Area Watershed Association

William Stritzler, Managing Director - Smugglers’ Notch Resort

Wes Hamilton - Three Penny Taproom

Seth Dunn, President - Trout Unlimited, Greater Upper Valley Chapter

David Blittersdorf, President/CEO - Georgia Mountain Community Wind, LLC

Elise Annes, VP for Community Relations - Vermont Land Trust

Brian Shupe, Executive Director - Vermont Natural Resources Council

Paul Burns, Executive Director - VPIRG

Steven Libby, Executive Director - Vermont River Conservancy

Steve Crowley, Chair - Vermont Sierra Club

Annette Smith, Executive Director - Vermonters for a Clean Environment

David Brynn, Executive Director - Vermont Family Forests

Dawn Lancaster, Owner/Vice President - Carved Solutions

Lucy and Jim McCullough - Lucy and Jim McCullough, LLC

Eric Bowker, Executive Director - The Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Inc.

Jennifer Kimmich, The Alchemist - Alchemy Canning LTD

Paul Hansen, President - Northern Lake Champlain Advisory Committee

Paul Hansen, Chair - Prudential Committee of South Alburgh Fire District #2

The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Bishop - The Episcopal Church in Vermont

Clark Amadon, Chair - Vermont Council Trout Unlimited

Clark Amadon, President - Trout Unlimited, MadDog Chapter

Gary L. West, President - Trout Unlimited, Central Vermont Chapter

Ken Millman, President - SP!KE Advertising

Peter Benevento, President - Lake Carmi Campers Association, Inc.

Scott E. Richardson, President - After Midnight Jewelers

Joe Norton, Mgr., Upper Connecticut Home Rivers Initiative - Trout Unlimited

Alessandra Rellini, President - Agricola Farm, LLC

Robert J. Lesnikoski, Owner - Vermont Cranberry Company

David Blittersdorf, President/CEO - AllEarth Renewables, Inc.

Hazel E. Dunkling, President/Owner - Ray’s Seafood Market

The Tyler Place Family Resort

Captain Brian Dunkling, Owner - Sure Strike Charters Sport Fishing Lake Champlain

Robert Fireovid, Co-owner - Health Hero Farm, LLC

Mary Catherine Jones, Owner - Voice Over Vermont

Eric Noël, Owner - Eric Noël Consulting

Thomas W. Torti, President - Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce

Christopher Scott Bradley, President - Vermont Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs

Lindsay Harris, Owner - Mountain Home Farm

Stuart Comstock-Gay - Vermont Community Foundation


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