Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

VTDEC Cost Effectiveness & O&M Standards for Clean Water Projects in Vermont

Various Communities, VT

Project Summary

This project established a consistent basis for determining standard costs per unit of pollutant reduction and other associated metrics to support formula funding, and to develop a foundation by which CWSPs can plan and optimize their future investments. Our two-pronged approach looked at each of these important metrics on its own and brought the assessments together to support effective implementation and long-term performance. 

As part of a consultant team, we developed a methodology for the VTDEC to prepare cost estimates for the implementation and operation & maintenance of stormwater projects for all land use sectors (agricultural, wetlands, river/streams, lakeshore, forest roads/trails, roads, urban, etc.), as well as developed an O&M standards manual for continued operation of these practices. The final product was recently submitted to the State of Vermont and will inform how stormwater projects are planned, implemented, and maintained throughout the State. 


  • Standards Development  
  • Accelerated Project Delivery  
  • Planning  
  • Program Development  

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