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H.554

Introduced by   Representatives Adams of Hartland and Deen of Westminster

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation; water pollution control; classification of state waters

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to authorize the water resources board to adopt by rule subcategories of water management types within the existing classes of state waters.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE CLASSIFICATION OF STATE WATERS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 1252(i) is added to read:

(i)  The board may adopt by rule subcategories of water management types within the classes of waters set forth in subsection (a) of this section when necessary to achieve and maintain a level of quality that fully supports the attainable uses and water quality protection of all or any portion of a water body.  The board shall designate or redesignate by rule a water body or any portion of a water body as a water management type.  The board, on its own motion, may initiate a rulemaking proceeding to designate or redesignate a water body as a water management type.  The board shall initiate a rulemaking proceeding to designate or redesignate a water body as a water management type upon petition by a state agency, a municipality, or 30 or more persons alleging an injury or injustice as a result of the classification or designation of a water body.

Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 1253(d) is amended to read:

(d)  The board shall determine what degree of water quality and classification should be obtained and maintained for those waters not classified by it before 1981 following the procedures in sections 1254 and 1258 of this title.  Those waters shall be classified in the public interest.  The secretary shall revise all 17 basin plans by January 1, 2006 2009, and update them every five years thereafter.  On or before January 1 of each year, the secretary shall report to the house committees on agriculture and natural resources and energy fish, wildlife and water resources and to the senate committees on agriculture and natural resources and energy regarding the progress made and difficulties encountered in revising basin plans.  By January 1, 1993, the secretary shall prepare an overall management plan to ensure that the water quality standards are met in all state waters.

Sec. 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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