It’s not perfect, but after a long and wrangling journey, Vermont now has a shorelands protection law (H.526.)
A truly contemporary sign of political personhood, “Defeat H.526” even had its own Facebook page, which only got 134 “Likes.” That kind of indicates to me that they probably got it more or less in balance. Even naysayers must admit something had to be done to.
It was quite a bone of contention up in the St. Albans area, where some property owners chaffed at having to yield perceived property “rights” to the public good. They’ll get over it though; and they did get some protections for those rights “grandfathered” in.
“This law is a good step forward. It won’t undo the damage we’ve done where we’ve built too close to our lakes, it will help safeguard water quality and wildlife habitat for future generations of Vermonters. In the coming years, we’ll be very glad we took this step as a state.” – Kim Greenwood, VNRC water program director/staff scientist.