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Public Meeting for Use of Public Waters Rules

Pursuant to 10 V.S.A. §1424, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation received a petition to adopt a Use of Public Waters Rule regarding the management of wake boats and their activities on Vermont lakes and ponds.

The Use of Public Waters Rules (Rules) govern the aquatic resources management of the public waters of Vermont. The Rules establish a number of general management rules to protect normal uses on all lakes, ponds and reservoirs. If an entity proposes to adopt a Use of Public Waters rule for a public waterbody, they may petition the State to create a recreation-related rule to address a specific recreation-related conflict. The Rules attempt to avoid, where possible, and resolve, when necessary, conflicts in the use of public waters in a comprehensive and integrated manner so that the various uses may be enjoyed in a reasonable manner, considering the best interests of both current and future generations of the citizens of the state and insuring that natural resource values of the public waters are fully protected.

The petition and supporting documents is posted online: https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/rulemaking

A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Any person can submit oral or written statements and data concerning the petition. The meeting facilitator may fix reasonable limits on the time allowed for oral statements. The meeting will be held at the Richmond Free Library, at 201 Bridge Street, Richmond, VT  and online via Microsoft Teams. To join the meeting remotely, click “Join Microsoft Teams Meeting at the scheduled time or call 802-828-7667 and enter the Conference ID number: 646 403 677#. Note: the call-in option provides audio only.

A second public meeting on this petition in another region of the State will be scheduled for: TBD

The following guidelines will help facilitate participation in the meeting:

  • If you would like to comment during the meeting, please send an email to Laura Dlugolecki or call 802-490-6133 by 4:00 pm on Tuesday June 28, 2022. A list of names will be created chronologically from the time the request was received. There will also be a sign-up sheet at the meeting, or you can indicate you’d like to comment in the Microsoft Teams chat box after joining.
  • If you are joining the meeting via Microsoft Teams, you will be “in the lobby” until a meeting facilitator admits you into the meeting. You will be muted once you are admitted.
  • Please remain muted unless instructed otherwise. Unmuting yourself may negatively impact the audio for all meeting participants.
  • When a meeting facilitator indicates it is your turn to ask a question or state your comment, unmute yourself by clicking the microphone symbol or press *6 if you called in to the meeting.

If you would like to submit a comment after the meeting has ended, comments will be accepted via email to Laura Dlugolecki  (please use "Use of Public Waters Public Comment" in the subject line) or mail to the following address by 4:00 pm on Friday July 29, 2022:

Attn: Laura Dlugolecki
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Watershed Management Division
1 National Life Drive, Davis 3
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522

 

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

BUILDING VERMONT'S CLEAN WATER SERVICE PROVIDER NETWORK TO REDUCE PHOSPHORUS POLLUTION

Thursday, June 30th, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Starting this summer in Vermont, a piece of landmark legislation will completely revamp how clean water funding is delivered on the ground. Vermont's Clean Water Service Provider Act (Act 76 of 2019) establishes a long-term clean water funding source to support pollution reduction. Simultaneously, the Act establishes a decentralized network of Clean Water Service Providers who will administer Water Quality Restoration Formula Grant funds to support project implementers at the basin level. Join members of the DEC to learn about this new program and the many stakeholders/partners involved.

The Clean Water Lecture Series is open to all. Anyone who is interested can register for the event here. Visit the Clean Water Lecture Series Webpage for upcoming lectures and additional information.

Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Public Meeting for Use of Public Waters Rules, July 7

Pursuant to 10 V.S.A. §1424, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation received a petition to adopt a Use of Public Waters Rule regarding the management of wake boats and their activities on Vermont lakes and ponds.

The Use of Public Waters Rules (Rules) govern the aquatic resources management of the public waters of Vermont. The Rules establish a number of general management rules to protect normal uses on all lakes, ponds and reservoirs. If an entity proposes to adopt a Use of Public Waters rule for a public waterbody, they may petition the State to create a recreation-related rule to address a specific recreation-related conflict. The Rules attempt to avoid, where possible, and resolve, when necessary, conflicts in the use of public waters in a comprehensive and integrated manner so that the various uses may be enjoyed in a reasonable manner, considering the best interests of both current and future generations of the citizens of the state and insuring that natural resource values of the public waters are fully protected.

The petition and supporting documents is posted online: https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/rulemaking

A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday July 7, 2022  5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Any person can submit oral or written statements and data concerning the petition. The meeting facilitator may fix reasonable limits on the time allowed for oral statements. The meeting will be held at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center, VT in the Hunter Community Room and online via Microsoft Teams. Click here to join the meeting at the scheduled time or call 802-828-7667, and enter the Conference ID number: ID: 929 449 736#

Note: the call-in option provides audio only.

A public meeting on this petition will also be held in Richmond, Vermont on June 29, 2022

 

The following guidelines will help facilitate participation in the meeting:

  • If you would like to comment during the meeting, please send an email to Laura Dlugolecki or call 802-490-6133 by 4:00 pm on Wednesday July 6, 2022. A list of names will be created chronologically from the time the request was received. There will also be a sign-up sheet at the meeting, or you can indicate you’d like to comment in the Microsoft Teams chat box after joining.
  • If you are joining the meeting via Microsoft Teams, you will be “in the lobby” until a meeting facilitator admits you into the meeting. You will be muted once you are admitted.
  • Please remain muted unless instructed otherwise. Unmuting yourself may negatively impact the audio for all meeting participants.
  • When a meeting facilitator indicates it is your turn to ask a question or state your comment, unmute yourself by clicking the microphone symbol or press *6 if you called in to the meeting.

If you would like to submit a comment after the meeting has ended, comments will be accepted via email to Laura Dlugolecki  (please use "Use of Public Waters Public Comment" in the subject line) or mail to the following address by 4:00 pm on Friday July 29, 2022:

Attn: Laura Dlugolecki
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Watershed Management Division
1 National Life Drive, Davis 3
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522

 
Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Natural Shoreland Erosion Control Certification Training

A Course for Landscapers, Contractors, and Site Workers

Course Date and Location: Friday, November 4, 2022 - Live and Entirely Online

Course Content:
This Certification Course covers shoreland Best Management Practices, including techniques for erosion control, stormwater management, bioengineering and wildlife habitat protection.  Lakeshore owners often rely on professional contractors, landscapers, engineers or other site workers to advice and help them manage their property.  The NSECC course teaches contractors both the science for using BMPs and the science of how they work to protect the lake while remaining attractive and appealing to homeowners.  All workers certified through this six hour training course will be listed on the Agency of Natural Resources web site and the list will be shared with lakeshore property owners(People may choose to opt out of appearing on the list if they want).  Those certified through this course will also be given preference for grants and contracts awarded through the new Vermont Clean Water Initiative.

Documents:

Friday, November 4, 2022 - 8:30am to 3:30pm