VT DEC: Swimming and Boating Now Allowed on Berlin Pond

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/14 2014 11:59AM

Updated 08/14 2014 12:02PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation announced its decision on the use of Berlin Pond Thursday.

A press release says the agency grants the City of Montpelier to restrict the use of the pond and deny the Citizens to Protect Berlin Pond petition.

“Berlin Pond is a gem in Central Vermont, easily accessible and yet remote," said Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears. "I am pleased to announce that Vermonters will be able to continue to access and enjoy the pond for an appropriate, protected set of uses without threatening Montpelier’s drinking water.”

The Department found all internal combustion motors should be prohibited from use on the pond. A press release says the Department of Fish and Wildlife will now resume its discussions with the Town of Berlin regarding the possibility of building a carry-on access for kayaks and canoes to Berlin Pond.

Copies of each decision can be found on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s website.

For additional information, contact Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears at (802)-828-1556.

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