Are you considering lakefront property in Vermont? Maybe you live out of state and are drawn to Vermont’s clear waters and the poignant call of loons from across a pond. Or perhaps you’re a lifelong Vermonter who is just now contemplating a quiet retreat on the lake. The newly released Sharing the Edge: A Guide to Lakeshore Property Owners in Vermont offers guidance on everything from permitting to how to volunteer with the DEC Lakes and Ponds Program.
This property owner’s guide introduces a new or potential landowner to what a healthy lakeshore looks like and describes how Vermont manages its public waters as a natural resource. Sharing the Edge provides a brief overview of development regulations, including the Shoreland Protection Act and Lake Encroachment. Readers will learn where to locate the Inland Lakes Score Card, which opens to provide easy-to-read water quality data on Google Earth. Sharing the Edge introduces the Lake Wise program, which supports and awards properties that embody lake-friendly development. The guide also answers several frequently asked questions including “Can I have a dock?” and “How long does it take to get a permit?”.
Sharing the Edge can be freely accessed online; please contact the DEC Lakes and Ponds Program if you’d like a hardcopy mailed to you. Welcome to the lake!