Clean Water State Revolving Loan Program
The Vermont Land Trust is a statewide, member-supported, nonprofit land conservation organization. Since 1977, the Vermont Land Trust has protected 2,000 parcels of land covering nearly 600,000 acres, so current and future generations can enjoy local food, farming, clean air and water, hiking, hunting, forestry, and sugaring. This includes more than 900 working farms and farmland parcels, hundreds of thousands of acres of productive forestland, and numerous parcels of community lands.
Through the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Program, VEDA provided over $5 million in financial assistance to support VLT’s Worcester Woods project in Worcester and Elmore. The project protects thousands of acres of land, including multiple wetlands and streams, on both sides of Route 12 – a critical environmental corridor for hundreds of animal species, including birds, fish, bats, and bear.
Because the area feeds both the Winooski and Lamoille river basins, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has determined and certified that the project has significant water quality benefits, thus qualifying it for the program.