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Lake Champlain shoreline. Photo:  <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/andyarthur/8423391801/">Andy Arthur</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lake Champlain shoreline. Photo: Andy Arthur, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Senate advances bill protecting lake shores

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Senate is expected to pass 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.

The bill advanced Thursday afternoon on a 21-5 vote, with final action slated for Friday.

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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. If the House doesn't agree with the Senate version, differences likely would have to be worked out in a conference committee.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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