Stormwater management is a permit requirement of the Village of Essex Junction. We are designated by the EPA and Vermont as a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) due to our population density and our location in Chittenden County.
The Village protects water quality by reducing and eliminating stormwater runoff into our streams and Lake Champlain. We do this by frequent street sweeping, maintaining and managing over 1500 catch basin and miles of storm drain lines, supporting Pick Up after your Pet initiatives, maintenance of stormwater detention ponds, rain gardens and infiltration areas as well as a host of other stormwater control practices. This stormwater effort is jointly operated and managed with the Public Works and Water Quality Staff. Land Development regulations encourage minimizing impervious surface that forces water to run off of home sites. Ordinances have been developed to encourage responsible management of rain and its runoff from homes and businesses in the Village. This is especially important in densely populated areas with a lot of hard surfaces like we have here in the Village.
We also participate in the Regional Stormwater Education Program and The Chittenden County Stream Team where we provide one consistent message on how to prevent pollution to the people of the Village and Chittenden County. Chittenden County towns working together are much more effective in reaching the common goal of clean water and improved water quality in the Lake Champlain basin. Think about it, we all have less work to do improving water quality if we prevent pollution from occurring in the first place. Like our friends at the Chittenden Solid Waste District say: “If you do a little we can all do a lot”.
How You Can Help Keep Streams and Lake Champlain Clean
The Village of Essex Junction is part of the Regional Stormwater Education Program, a Chittenden County initiative to ensure that stormwater is reabsorbed into the landscape as much as possible, keeping extra sediment and pollutants out of our waterways, including Lake Champlain. As you plan your spring to-do list, please check out this short video that explains how homeowners can positively affect water quality: http://smartwaterways.org/videos-and-media/.
Annual reports from previous years are available upon request by emailing wwadmin@. essexjunction.org