The shoreline is an important and sensitive area that connects the aquatic world with the adjacent upland. These “edge” areas provide essential habitat for fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, insects, and other wildlife. They also set the stage for good water quality, as the vegetation and natural forest duff layer along the shore infiltrate pollutant- and silt-laden stormwater runoff, keeping lake water clean.
If an activity will change, alter, or modify the course, current, or cross section of any watercourse within or along the boundaries of VT, that activity may be require a permit. The Rivers Program issues permits covering three general areas of activities. These three areas are: