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NO. R-80. JOINT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE ECONOMIC, ECOLOGICAL AND HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN, AND COMMENDING THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE FOR ITS RESTORATION AND PROTECTION PLAN.

( J.R.H. 63)

Offered by:Representatives Yarnell of Colchester, Parizo of Essex, Aswad of Burlington, Blanchard of Essex, Brunelle of Winooski, Carmolli of Rutland City, Casavant of Winooski, Deen of Westminster, Flaherty of South Burlington, Fox of Essex, Gretkowski of Burlington, Hallowell of Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hill of Milton, Kehler of Pomfret, Krasnow of Charlotte, Kreitzer of Rutland City, Kurt of Colchester, Lafayette of Burlington, McNamara of Burlington, Paquin of Fairfax, Robb of Swanton, Rose of Williston, Schiavone of Shelburne, Simpers of Colchester, Sullivan of Burlington, Sweetser of Essex, Tracy of Burlington, Vinton of Colchester, Voyer of Morristown, Westman of Cambridge, Wisell of Bristol, Wood of Brandon and Young of Orwell.

Whereas, 390,000 Vermonters live in the Lake Champlain Basin, which constitutes 60 percent of the citizens and over half of the land area of Vermont, and

Whereas, 180,000 Vermonters receive their drinking water directly from Lake Champlain, and

Whereas, over four billion dollars are generated annually by agriculture, industry, fishing, sailing, recreation and heritage tourism in the Basin, and

Whereas, the historic and archeological resources of the Lake Champlain region are of inestimable value including major heritage sites from pre-history to the present and the best preserved collection of underwater shipwrecks in North America, and

Whereas, the Lake Champlain Management Conference, authorized by Congress in the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act of 1990, has identified significant threats to the ecological, public health and heritage resources of the Lake Champlain Basin, and

Whereas, the restoration and protection plan prepared by the Lake Champlain Management Conference, Opportunities for Action, identifies specific actions to protect and restore the lake, including reduction of phosphorus and toxic inputs, control of nuisance organisms, and enhancement of heritage, recreational and economic resources in the Basin, and

Whereas, the future of Lake Champlain depends upon the cooperative efforts of the States of Vermont and New York and the Province of Quebec to implement sound management strategies, with the active support of the citizens, communities, private andpublic organizations in the Basin, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commends the Lake Champlain Management Conference (LCMC) for their dedication and diligence in preparing the plan for Lake Champlain --"Opportunities for Action" -- and hereby entreats Vermont citizens, communities and organizations to take an active role in implementing actions necessary to restore and protect this precious natural heritage, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly directs its Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain to advise the Senate and House of Representatives in a timely manner of the legislation necessary to achieve the objectives of the plan, and calls upon the various agencies of the State of Vermont to support and implement with diligence the cooperative agreement with New York and Quebec endorsed by the Governor of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the former members of the Lake Champlain Management Conference, to the members of the Vermont Citizens Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain, to the Governor of New York and the Premier of Quebec.