§1451. Findings

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/10/050/01451
Published: 2015

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1451. Findings

The general

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.

(5) Infestations

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.)