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S.208

Introduced by   Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District and Senator Lyons of Chittenden District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation; water resources; aquatic nuisance control

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the agency of natural resources to conduct a study of the aquatic nuisance infestation of the lakes and waters of Vermont.

AN ACT RELATING TO AQUATIC NUISANCE ERADICATION AND EDUCATION

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

Sec. 1.  AQUATIC NUISANCES ERADICATION STUDY

(a)  The secretary of natural resources or the secretary’s duly authorized representative shall conduct a study of the rate of aquatic nuisance infestation in the lakes and waters of Vermont.  The study shall include:

(1)  A general summary of the cause and history of the aquatic nuisance infestation of the lakes and waters of Vermont;

(2)  The status of aquatic nuisance infestation in each lake within the state, including a qualitative analysis of the degree of infestation and identification of the types of infestation present, with specific reference and attention provided to lakes and waters infested with Eurasian milfoil;

(3)  A summary of the efforts by the agency of natural resources, other state agencies, municipalities, and local lake associations to control or eradicate aquatic nuisances in the lakes and waters of Vermont;

(4)  The agency of natural resources’ recommendations of the best science or management techniques available for the control or eradication of aquatic nuisances in the lakes and waters of Vermont; and

(5)  The agency of natural resources’ recommendations of legislative or regulatory options to aid in the eradication of aquatic nuisances in the lakes and waters of Vermont.  Such recommendations shall address the need to authorize additional chemicals for aquatic nuisance control and the feasibility and benefits of limiting boat access to aquatic nuisance‑infested lakes and waters.

(b)  On or before January 15, 2007, the secretary shall report the findings of the study to the general assembly.

Sec. 2.  AGENCY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AQUATIC NUISANCE

             CONTROL OUTREACH AND EDUCATION

Prior to July 2007, the agency of natural resources shall develop educational and training programs and conduct public hearings to inform municipalities, lake associations, and educational institutions of the threat that aquatic nuisances pose to the lakes and waters of Vermont and the methods currently available for the control and eradication of aquatic nuisances.  In developing the education programs required by this section, the agency may utilize various types of media, group meetings, and demonstrations.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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