Stormwater Services

Lake Champlain Photo by Boston Neary

Photo by Boston Neary

Shelburne is Working Towards a Stormwater Utility

As per state statute, Shelburne must reduce, then maintain certain levels of pollution caused by stormwater into Lake Champlain.  In order to improve and maintain the stormwater infrastructure to do this, Shelburne is working to establish an equitable funding source.

Shelburne's Selectboard has authorized the development of a Stormwater Utility, similar to other towns in Chittenden County, to fund this infrastructure.  Town staff are currently working with the City of South Burlington, a leader in stormwater management, to develop this utility.

Why Manage Stormwater?


Impervious surfaces, such as asphalt, rooftops, etc. generates more stormwater runoff into Lake Champlain.  This runoff can erode stream banks and increase water pollution, which is a public health concern.

Stormwater Utility and Fees


A stormwater utility manages the flow of stormwater via storm drains, culverts, swales, stone lined ditches, retention and detention ponds, and other various best management practices.

A stormwater utility fee is comparable to a water or sewer fee and is based on a common rate for a property's contribution to stormwater runoff.  See South Burlington's stormwater utility website under Related Links for some information on how this might work.

Benefits of a Stormwater Utility

A Stormwater Utility provides many benefits to the town and its residents.
  • Maintains the town's ongoing compliance with the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit and other Federal and State water quality regulations.
  • Conducts the long term and strategic planning required by environmental regulations like the Lake Champlain Phosphorus TMDL and the Stormwater Impaired Stream TMDL promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and State of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • Maintains, assesses, and improves the town's stormwater drainage infrastructure including storm drains, stormwater pipes, and culverts.
  • Maintains the town's stormwater treatment practices including stormwater detention ponds, bio-retention areas (also known as rain gardens), stormwater treatment wetlands, and similar infrastructure designed to treat stormwater runoff before it reaches our streams and Lake Champlain.
  • Completes and funds stormwater capital improvement projects with the goal of improving water quality and complying with Federal and State permit requirements.
  • Provides technical assistance to Shelburne property owners who want to bring their stormwater system up to current standards. A valid stormwater permit is part of the value of your home and property. Contact the stormwater superintendent for more information.