Shoreland Protection Course

ShorelandTraining 1ST. JOHNSBURY- Natural Shoreland Erosion Control was the topic of a certification course at The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury on Monday morning. The Shoreland Protection Act (Chapter 49A of Title 10) establishes a state regulation for preventing degredation of water quality in lakes, preserve habitat and natural stability of shorelines, and maintain the economic benefits of lakes and their shorelands. The communication of the rules and regulations for shoreland protection was one of the items being discussed during this class.


The Watershed Management Division: Lakes and Ponds Program of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation put together were the brains behind the course. The course is designed for local contractors, engineers, and farmers. In the few times that this course is offered per year, Amy Picotte, of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, enjoys the engagement and interest from the people.

“It’s great to be able to work with all these people who are kind of moving the earth and moving the dirt around our lakeshores so we are using these lake friendly techniques,” Picotte said.

The certification-training course will be held in Montpelier and in Essex Junction later this week and there will be more dates and locations throughout the month. After the end of the month, the course will not be offered until next year. For more information on the courses and the initiative of shoreland protection, contact Amy Picotte by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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