- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Senate has passed a bill that seeks to protect Vermont’s lake shorelines by placing new restrictions on clearing land adjacent to lakes and the creation of driveways and other impervious surfaces.

Supporters say it will provide important protections to key wildlife habitat and to water quality.

Opponents call the bill an unnecessary intrusion on private property rights.

The House had earlier passed a less detailed bill leaving it largely to the Agency of Natural Resources to write rules for protecting shorelines. It appears unlikely the House will agree with the Senate version, so differences have to be worked out in a conference committee.

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