Establishing regions for lakes permit programs increases efficiency
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Establishing regions for lakes permit programs increases efficiency

Are you planning to develop your shoreland property?  A recent change in how the new Shoreland Permit Program and the long-established Lake Encroachment Permit Program are administered will make the permitting process more efficient. While the two permit programs regulate different activities, their jurisdictional boundaries meet at mean water level. The Shoreland Permit Program regulates … Continue reading

Where the Blue Bead Lily Grows
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Where the Blue Bead Lily Grows

If you’ve ever seen the blue-bead lily, Clintonia borealis, on your lakeshore property, then you have a cool, shady, coniferous or mixed deciduous woodlands that will also be the home for other spectacular native wildflowers.  This boreal forest wildflower is named for its brilliant deep blue fruit, which is uniquely showy and attractive against shiny … Continue reading

Vermont Shoreland Protection Act
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Vermont Shoreland Protection Act

This spring the Vermont General Assembly passed the Shoreland Protection Act (Act No. 172). The Shoreland Protection act goes into effect beginning July 1st and applies to activities within 250 feet of mean water level for lakes and ponds greater than 10 acres. The intent of the Shoreland Protection Act is to prevent degradation of water quality … Continue reading

Vermont Lakeshores – Vulnerable Places
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Vermont Lakeshores – Vulnerable Places

Vermont has more than 800 lakes with roughly 1,500 miles of shoreline offering home and habitat to people and wildlife. People love Vermont lakeshores for access to fishing and water sports, beautiful landscape, seasonal retreat, and year-round living. That makes our lakeshores valuable real estate, with an estimated 45 percent having some type of development … Continue reading

Exploring the Wonders of Shoreland Habitats
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Exploring the Wonders of Shoreland Habitats

Join the Watershed Management Division’s own Aquatic Ecologist, Kellie Merrell, along with Charlie Browne, Director Emeritus of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, and St. Michael’s College Instructor, Scott Lewins, for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening.  You’ll learn about the many creatures that live where the water meets the land, the threats facing this critical shoreland habitat, … Continue reading