With Shared Shoreline, Upper Valley Towns Discuss Joint Governance

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(Host) The three Upper Valley towns of Fairlee, West Fairlee, and Thetford all border Lake Fairlee, but there is no joint structure in place for monitoring and governing the shoreline. 

At a public meeting Thursday night residents from the three towns will face common issues including environmental concerns about storm water run-off pollution and invasive milfoil.

Fairlee Select Board Chair Jay Barrett says the most worrisome problem is an aging dam that’s owned by an out-of-state couple. If it fails, he says, pricey shoreline property could end up on mud flats.

(Barrett) "That dam alone could be a frightfully expensive thing and so tonight we will be finding out what our options are and then hopefully forming a group out of that to bring some body, some governing body together, so that all three towns can share in the governing of this lake."

(Host) A representative from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns will offer advice at the meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairlee Town Hall.



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