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Public Hearing Notice for the Missisquoi Bay Basin

posted Sep 21, 2015, 2:04 PM by Lyn Munno
On September 4, 2015, Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross, issued a Notice of Public Hearing to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed Revised Secretary’s Decision for the Missisquoi Basin. The proposed decision, which is subject to public input, is an effort between the State and the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) to provide a framework to settle the impending court litigation related to the Missiquoi Basin. The public hearing will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015, in St. Albans City, from 1 PM until 3 PM, at the American Legion, 100 Parah Drive. It is an opportunity for farmers and other affected citizens to be heard and to give consideration to all interests before a final order is issued.

The full Notice, the proposed Revised Secretary’s Decision, and the draft Stipulation of the Parties for Remand, which contain background and additional explanatory information, can be found below.

Although the hearing is related to the CLF’s pending appeal for the Misissquoi Bay Watershed, it is also an opportunity for farmers to evaluate a proposed blueprint for requiring BMPs on farms in other watersheds, including South Lake, St. Albans, and Otter Creek, which also address Federal EPA and TMDL requirements. The draft settlement has other terms that would become commitments of both the Agency and the CLF if the Secretary decides to implement the Revised Secretary’s Decision and the remand is approved by the Court.

For more information about the Agency’s water quality initiatives, please visithttp://agriculture.vermont.gov/water-quality
Petition Documentation:
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) Proposed Revised Secretary’s Decision (pdf)
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) Stipulation of the Parties for Remand (pdf)
CLF Notice of Public Hearing for October 9, 2015 (pdf)

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