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This writer of this article is Michael Bielawski.His work may be found at: VermontWatchdog.org
Environmentalists introduce bill to block public from using pond
A bill introduced in the Vermont House aims to ban public access to Berlin Pond, reigniting the debate over water safety versus hunting, fishing and canoeing.
The pond, which serves as the primary source of Montpelier’s drinking water, has been the focus of public debate since a 2012 Vermont Supreme Court ruling ended more than a century of prohibited public access.
H.6 aims to delegate regulatory power over the pond to city representatives. Current draft language proposes amending the city charter “to allow to allow the city to regulate its public water supply and public water sources, which includes Berlin Pond.”
Lead sponsor of the bill, state Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, D-Montpelier, says he’s just trying to protect the quality of drinking water. [snip]
“When the city of Montpelier tries to regulate a body of water that is not even in Montpelier, which is also in violation of the Vermont Constitution, there’s something wrong,” Eddie Cutler, vice president of Gun Owners of Vermont, told Watchdog.
Cutler also said a ban on public use would violate the state’s Sportsmen’s Bill of Rights. [snip]