The next Stratton Area Citizens Committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7 at the Palden Sakya Dharma Center at 227 Water Street in Jamaica. Members of the public are invited to attend and learn more about SACC's work and how to get involved.
On September 18, in Jamaica, a public meeting of the SACC was attended by a group of concerned citizens interested in learning how to protect the pristine waters of Southern Vermont.
The panelists at this lively water quality forum included David Deen, Vermont State legislator and River Steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Council; Marie Levesque Caduto, West River Watershed Coordinator; and Jenna Pugliese, Permit and Planning Manager of Stratton Mountain Resort.
Among the topics raised were the permitting requirements and potential advantages for large developments such as Stratton Mountain Resort; the management and protection of stream and river waters, which belong to the public; requiring that biological and chemical standards be met, which is a State responsibility; and the complementary and sometimes competing roles that are played by State and Federal government, developers, citizens and citizens action committees in protecting the waters in Vermont.
The history of the Stratton Area Citizens Committee was presented by long-time SACC member, William Uptegrove. The speaker touched on landmark decisions resulting from historic actions taken by the Stratton Area Citizens Committee, including the first ever designation of Pikes Falls as an Outstanding Resource Water; the first ever reclassification of Kidder Brook as Class A; the establishment of a plan to restore impaired waters at the Stratton Mountain Resort, subject to annual review.
Panelists emphasized the need for citizens to be keenly aware of water quality issues in their communities, to work with the State whenever possible, and to let their Legislators know of any local concerns that need to be addressed.
For information about SACC and the upcoming meeting, please contact Darlene Palola, Chair of the Stratton Area Citizens Committee, at 297-2810.