Human sewage and gutter waste spills in the Champlain Basin 2016

Let's stop this combination!   No one wants human waste, chemicals, pesticides, pathogens, and pharmaceuticals in the water we drink, fish, sail, kayak, boat on, swim in and live next to.

If we cannot handle the sewage and stormwater we are generating now, how can we reasonably and responsibly expect to grow jobs and our downtowns?

It's time to accept the reality that our water infrastructure is inadequate, and it is costing us in myriad ways. Just ask the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and read the 2020 Report. Once we accept the reality, we can then go about implementing a host of solutions to build stronger communities in Vermont.

Rain does not cause pollution. Obsolete and inadequate infrastructure coupled with poor public policy does. For a detailed account of the current problem, read this editorial.  Flood EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the VT DEC Commissioner Emily Boedecker with our concerns instead of allowing city councils and select boards to swamp our public waters. Their contact information is:

 Scott Pruitt:           202 564 4700
 Emily Boedecker    802 828 1556   

Location Total Reported Spills Type of spill
  # of spills    max gallons  
Basin total   150            18,498,714  
Rutland     84             14,498,200 82 spills combined sewage overflow  
2 spills discharged untreated sewage
Montpelier  16                   446,002 15 spills combined sewage overflow
1  spill sewage
Burlington     8                   152,000 1 spill combined sewage overflow  
6 spills discharged, untreated sewage
Vergennes     7                   447,200 7 spills combined sewage overflow
St. Albans    5                1,601,000 4 spills combined sewage overflow
1 spill discharged undisinfected sewage
Barre    5                   590,004 4 spills sewage
1 spill due to System Failure
Fairhaven    5                   111,002 2 spills combined sewage overflow
3 spills discharged, untreated sewage
Shelburne    4                  202,000 2 spills discharged, undisinfected sewage
1 spill untreated sewage
Northfield     3                      3,000 3 spills combined sewage overflow
Winooski     2                     11,000 2 spills discharged, untreated sewage  
Middlebury     2                     11,000 2 spills combined sewage overflow​
Hardwick    2                   417,300

1 spill discharged, untreated sewage
1 spill discharged undisinfected sewage

Brandon    2               no details  ​2 spills sewage
Poultney    1                no details 1 spill sewage
Pawlet    1                no details 1 spill sewage
Proctor    1                no details 1 spill sewage
East Montpelier    1                no details 1 spill sewage
Private    1                      9,000 1 spill discharged, untreated sewage

                                                                               updated: 12.19.16

For the full list of Sewage Overflows and Incidents, see the Department of Environmental Conservation website: 

Further information on wastewater:

Burlington Free Press  
Pharmaceuticals Present in Burlington Wastewater

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Health Risks Associated with Wastewater Use