The Vermont Statutes Online
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§ 1421. Policy
To aid in the fulfillment of the State’s role as trustee of its navigable waters and to promote public health, safety, convenience, and general welfare, it is declared to be in the public interest to make studies, establish policies, make plans, make rules, encourage and promote buffers adjacent to lakes, ponds, reservoirs, rivers, and streams of the State, encourage and promote protected river corridors adjacent to rivers and streams of the State, and authorize municipal shoreland and river corridor protection zoning bylaws for the efficient use, conservation, development, and protection of the State’s water resources. The purposes of the rules shall be to further the maintenance of safe and healthful conditions; prevent and control water pollution; protect spawning grounds, fish, and aquatic life; control building sites, placement of structures, and land uses; reduce fluvial erosion hazards; reduce property loss and damage; preserve shore cover, natural beauty, and natural stability; and provide for multiple use of the waters in a manner to provide for the best interests of the citizens of the State. (Added 1969, No. 281 (Adj. Sess.), § 13; amended 2009, No. 110 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 2011, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 7, eff. May 14, 2012.)