Shoreland Protection Commission seeking public input in Middlebury on Thursday

MIDDLEBURY — The Lake Shoreland Protection Commission will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Middlebury. The Vermont General Assembly established the Lake Shoreland Protection Commission earlier this year in order to:
•  Provide information to the public regarding the current health of waters of the State, including the results of the 2012 Agency of Natural Resources’ State Water Quality Remediation, Implementation, and Funding Report.
•  Inform the public regarding the regulation of State waters, including requirements the State may need to meet in implementing the cleanup plan for Lake Champlain.
•  Summarize for the public the status of efforts to address and improve the quality of all State waters, and how regulation of shoreland activity impacts water quality.
•  Take public input regarding the regulation of disturbance, clearing, and creation of impervious surfaces in the shorelands of lakes.
At the meeting, the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) will provide an overview of the health, value and regulation of lake shorelands in Vermont. After the ANR presentation, the public will be invited to provide input during a moderated question and answer period. Public participants may be asked to limit their statements or questions in order to allow participation by all interested persons.
An agenda for the meeting and the location and map of the American Legion Hall are attached. Additional information and documents can be accessed on the Lake Shoreland Protection Commission website at leg2.vermont.gov/sites/legislature/LSP/default.aspx. Please contact Gabrielle Malina or Michael O’Grady by phone at 802-828-2231 or email at gmalina@leg.state.vt.us or mogrady@leg.state.vt.us) with any questions regarding scheduling or document. For any other questions, please contact Sen. Robert Hartwell, Chair, Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy at rhartwell@leg.state.vt.us, 802-345-1552.

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