State holds off on controversial rule for Vermont pond
Posted August 31
CRAFTSBURY, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is holding off on submitting a final draft for a proposed rule that would ban sculling and rowing during the summer at a northern Vermont pond.
Department Commissioner Emily Boedecker announced Wednesday the department will take at least an extra month before submitting final draft language on the rule. Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/2ekIDHZ ) the draft rules currently would create scull-free times during summer months on Great Hosmer Pond.
Great Hosmer Pond is home to a summer sculling program. It's also home to a public boat launch, a children's summer camp and private homes. There has long been tension between motorboat drivers and rowers on the pond.
Formal rulemaking starts when Boedecker submits a draft proposed rule to a state committee.