Secretary Moore, Chittenden Senators to hold forum on water issues Tuesday

Chittenden County’s six-member delegation to the Vermont Senate visits Shelburne Tuesday at a special public forum to discuss water quality and water issues facing the region and Vermont.

Sen. Chris Pearson, P/D, said the group plans several meetings this fall around the county to meet with constituents on a variety of issues.

Joining the conversation Tuesday will be Julie Moore, Vermont’s secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, and all six Chittenden County state senators: Tim Ashe, D/P; Philip Baruth, D/P; and Pearson; Democrats Debbie Ingram, Ginny Lyons, and Michael Sirotkin.

Pearson said the community meeting has been in the planning stages for some time, but recent developments make the topic particularly timely, such as Moore’s recent public statements regarding curbing funding for Lake Champlain cleanup. Other local issues focusing on water quality have taken center stage in recent weeks, including moves to tighten restrictions on the wetland classification of the LaPlatte River marsh, concerns about the Vermont Railway salt storage facility near the LaPlatte and Lake Champlain, summer algae growth in Vermont lakes, and discharges of untreated sewage into Lake Champlain from municipal systems.

The meeting will be held at Shelburne’s historic Town Hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The following evening, the senators visit Richmond for a community meeting to discuss the issue of opiate addiction and issues for the 2018 legislative session. That meeting is also 7-8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Camels Hump Middle School.

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