A permit is required for certain activities within a protected area of the shoreline, such as expanding existing buildings, driveways, lawns, and the overall impervious footprint of shoreline properties.
The House on Monday passed a bill to put in place new statewide shoreland development standards for Vermont’s lakes and large ponds. The House voted 93-42 in favor of H.526 as amended by a conference committee. The bill requires the Agency of Natural Resources to approve new building projects that come within 250 feet of […]
The Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a bill requiring a permit to build along Vermont’s shorelines. Vermont has no statewide standards for development along the shorelines of its lakes and ponds. According to a 2013 report on Vermont’s lakes, there is less natural shoreline vegetation in Vermont than the national average. More on shorelands […]
The quality of Vermont’s lakes is becoming degraded, and poor shoreland development is one significant cause. But now we have an opportunity to slow, and even reverse, this trend with a bill pending in the Legislature.
Tons of sediment is pouring into the lake from the Winooski, Mississquoi and other rivers from snowmelt and rain runoff, carrying with it the majority of phosphorous that causes blue green and other algae blooms.