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Jan 13, 8:33 AM EST

Vermont axes proposed sculling rules for popular pond


CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is dropping plans to restrict sculling at a northern Vermont pond.

The Caledonian-Record reports commissioner Emily Boedecker announced Thursday the agency wouldn't move forward with the new formal rules. Boedecker says she would only consider a rule change if it improved the situation at Great Hosmer Pond.

Great Hosmer Pond is home to a summer sculling program. It's also home to a public boat launch, a children's summer camp and private homes. There has long been tension between motorboat drivers and rowers on the pond.

According to Boedecker, the pond has been used beyond its "carrying capacity." Boedecker says she will talk to legislators and community members to discuss possible solutions.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com

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