The Vermont Statutes Online
Conservation and Development
AQUATIC NUISANCE CONTROL
assembly finds that:
(1) It is the
policy of the state of Vermont that the water resources of the state shall be
protected, regulated, and where necessary controlled under the authority of the
state in the public interest to promote the general welfare and to protect
public health and the environment.
(2) It is the
policy of the state of Vermont to prevent the infestation and proliferation of
invasive species in the state that result in negative environmental impacts,
including habitat loss and a reduction in native biodiversity along with
adverse social and economic impacts and impacts to the public health and
(3) The agency
of agriculture, food and markets and the department of forests, parks and
recreation have established an informal working group to address invasive and
noxious weeds, but additional authority is necessary for the agency of natural
resources to adequately respond to invasive aquatic nuisance species.
(4) The ability
to initiate quickly a response to contain and control a new aquatic species
introduction before it can spread is critical to reduce future management costs
and protect the integrity of Vermont's ecosystems.
of new aquatic species must be detected early and acted upon swiftly to
minimize economic, social, and ecological impacts as well as to increase the
probability of a successful eradication effort. (Added 2009, No. 46, § 1, eff.
July 1, 2010.)