The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a $5,250 fine to a couple and their contractor who removed vegetation along 200 feet of shoreline of Lake Sadawga in Whitingham.
"Lake Sadawga, measuring 194 acres, is protected by Vermont’s Shoreland Protection Act, which became law in 2014. The act applies to any public water body greater than 10 acres. As part of the penalty, the landowners must also restore the vegetation that was removed, which totaled a 4,800-square-foot area. The lake hosts critical vegetation, including a floating bog that’s considered a significant wetland. Shoreline vegetation creates a buffer that protects water quality and habitat from phosphorus pollution and sediment runoff, often caused by “lawn-to-lake” development, according to the department."
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