Residential Retrofit Program

What is the BLUE® CVT program?

Are you interested in making changes to how stormwater flows on your property? Perhaps you are interested in learning more about how stormwater affects the health of our community as a whole, and the part your property plays in our watershed. The Town of Colchester has collaborated with the BLUE Stormwater Program program to create BLUE® CVT, a program to help residents identify projects that are appropriate for reducing the impact of stormwater runoff on your property. 

How it Works

  1. A site visit is performed on a designated date and time, coordinated with the homeowner. 
  2. Your property will be evaluated by BLUE® CVT staff
  3. Within a week, a report will be provided with site-specific recommendations for pollution mitigation, and how to become BLUE® certified. 
  4. You decide which recommended stormwater mitigation actions you would like to take.
  5. Submit your plan to BLUE® CVT staff for approval prior to installation.
  6. Upon approval, the installation of your Green Stormwater Infrastructure will begin.
  7. The installation will be checked by BLUE® CVT staff.
  8. After a final site visit, your rebate can be processed, and you can apply for your BLUE® certificate!  Please see the table below for more information about what types of projects are assigned to each of the two rebate tiers available through the BLUE® CVT program.    
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Who should apply for this program?

Any residential property under 4 units is eligible to apply for this program.  A BLUE® CVT employee trained in stormwater mitigation strategies will arrange an appointment to survey your property and discuss any water quality concerns you may have.  Below, you will find the application form, contact information for BLUE® and Colchester Stormwater Utility staff, as well as a quick reference for common potential stormwater projects and their respective rebates.

Rebates Currently Available to Property Owners

Installation Maximum Rebate
Downspout Disconnect
Rain Barrel
Tree Planting
Gutter Application               $300
Berm or Swale
Dry Well
French Drain
Gutter Redirection w/ Excavation
Permeable Pavers
Other Impervious Surface Replacements

Connect With Us

Juliana Dixon
Program Coordinator
BLUE® Stormwater Certification

Karen Adams
Technical Services Manager
Town of Colchester Public Works
Phone:  802-264-5621

Why did Colchester establish BLUE® CVT?

The Stormwater Utility was adopted by the Town on July 1, 2017 to more equitably fund our community’s water quality needs.  The utility is primarily funded through fees paid annually by property owners, based on the amount of impervious surface on their properties.  Commercial properties are able to apply for credits to reduce their bill by proving they have taken steps to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff from their property.  While these credits are not available for residential properties, the BLUE® CVT program will provide one-time rebates in exchange for similar work.  Staff plan to evaluate the pilot project  at the end of the year to determine whether to continue offering the incentive program.

What should I expect from my evaluation?

Once you have submitted the interest form and your evaluation has been scheduled, a BLUE® CVT employee will come to your property and discuss what water quality and/or stormwater management concerns you are most interested in before evaluating the site.  The initial site visit will take several hours, and will consider things like soil composition, existing infrastructure, topography, and where stormwater is currently flowing.  A final report with recommendations will be provided to participants.


What happens next?

If you are interested in making any of the changes recommended by BLUE® CVT staff, you may or may not need a permit from the Town.  Projects in the lower rebate tier ($100) will not commonly require a permit, while projects in the higher tier commonly will.  As a general rule, if soil is added or removed from the site, it probably requires a permit.  The Town and BLUE® CVT staff will help to guide homeowners though the permit process and expedite it as much as possible.  In addition, permit fees relating to this pilot program will be paid for by the Town.  To learn more about the permitting process, or to apply for a permit, please visit the Town's Planning & Zoning permit application webpage, here.

​Once the project is agreed upon and any needed permits secured, installation may begin.  To qualify for a rebate, construction must be finished by the end of October.  Your evaluator will check in to make sure it is being installed according to the approved plans, and a BLUE® CVT employee will inspect the project when the contractor has finished their work.  Once the work and inspection are completed, your rebate will be processed by BLUE® CVT.