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State holds off on controversial rule for Vermont pond

Posted August 31

— 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 ( ) 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.


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