Title 10: Conservation and Development
Chapter 63: VERMONT CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN'S FUTURE
10 V.S.A. § 1961. Powers and duties
§ 1961. Powers and duties
(2) Using existing government and nonprofit resources whenever possible, gather information about activities which affect or have the potential to affect the water and wildlife in the Lake Champlain basin region. The advisory committee shall also consider the effect of these activities on regional needs for agricultural and industrial development, for employment opportunities and for a high quality environment. Such information may include data concerning:
(3) Act as the citizens advisory committee to the joint committee created in the memorandum of understanding on environmental cooperation on the management of Lake Champlain, and signed by the governor of Vermont, governor of New York, and the premier of Quebec on August 23, 1988. The advisory committee shall also work with the New York and Quebec representatives of the Lake Champlain citizens advisory committee created as a result of the memorandum of understanding.
(4) By June 15, 1991 and every January thereafter, recommend to the secretary, a Vermont policy for Lake Champlain or changes to existing policy. By June 15, 1991 and every January thereafter, the secretary shall recommend to the legislature a policy or policy changes regarding Lake Champlain. The policy shall:
(B) Recommend a governance process for making decisions regarding cooperative management of the lake's cultural and natural resources, which may include development of a tripartite governmental framework ratified by Congress.
(7) Act as a citizen's advisory committee to the federal Lake Champlain management conference created in the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act of 1990 (PL 101-596). The advisory committee shall review the activities of the conference and make appropriate recommendations to the conference members. After June 15, 1991, all recommendations shall be based upon the Citizen's Advisory Committee Action Plan duly adopted after public comment and one or more public hearings.
(1) Contract for studies and prepare reports on existing or potential problems within the basin. In contracting for studies the advisory committee shall follow public bidding procedures as prescribed for executive branch agencies by the secretary of administration.
(2) Apply for grants or other funding sources to finance or assist in effectuating the purposes of this chapter. The advisory committee may accept grants or funds only pursuant to the provisions of 32 V.S.A. § 5.
(3) With the secretary's approval, present information and make recommendations to federal, state and local legislatures regarding the coordinated management of the lake and for the purpose of helping the legislatures to make sound decisions regarding management of the lake.
(5) Work cooperatively with governmental and other groups having jurisdiction over or interested in the management and quality of Lake Champlain. (Added 1989, No. 265 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1991, No. 27.)