- Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont lawmakers are drafting a water quality bill that includes new regulations for runoff and funding sources for remediation projects.

The House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources will be discussing the bill Thursday morning.

Provisions include fencing livestock from state waters, annual water quality training for farmers and new requirements for regulating storm water runoff.

The bill also establishes a fund called the Water Resources Preservation Program for water quality projects, flood damage repairs and flood prevention.

That fund would also provide “reasonable assurance for implementation of the Total Maximum Daily Load plans,” meaning how much runoff laden with sediment and other materials should be allowed to flow into Lake Champlain.

That program would be funded by a per parcel fee for all developed property, among other sources.

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