The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public meeting Tuesday evening, May 27 at the Berlin Elementary School to take public comment on a petition to prohibit recreational use of the surface water of Berlin Pond. The petition seeks to prohibit recreational use of the surface water of Berlin Pond, including fishing, boating and swimming.
The petition was presented to the department by the Citizens to Protect Berlin Pond as a request to amend the Vermont Use of Public Waters Rules specific to Berlin Pond.
The meeting will be held on the 27th at Berlin Elementary School, 372 Paine Turnpike North, Berlin, VT from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The petition and supplemental materials are available for review at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation in Montpelier and on the departmentís website at http://www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/rulemaking/htm/petitions.htm. The Vermont Use of Public Waters Rules can also be found on the website at http://www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/rulemaking/htm/rules.htm.
This is a separate petition from the one submitted last July by the City of Montpelier which requested that some activities be prohibited, primarily the use of internal combustion engines, including ice augers, on Berlin Pond (motorboats are already prohibited). A public meeting was held for the Montpelier petition on August 20, 2013.
Written comments on the Citizens to Protect Berlin Pond petition may be sent to the address below until the close of the public comment period on June 3, 2014. Comments may also be faxed to (802) 828-1544 or e-mailed to Laura.Woods@state.vt.us.
Laura Woods, Department of Environmental Conservation, One National Life Drive, Main 2, Montpelier, VT 05620-3522
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