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  • Wakes, Science, and Uncertainty

    For this newsletter, we interview David Kaminsky, Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UVM, and resident on Lake Iroquois. Lake Iroquois (formerly known as Hinesburg Pond) is geologically a kettle pond located in a valley between Dow and Magee Hills on the east, and Mount Prichard on the west. It lies in […]

  • Wake Boats on the Radio

    March 14, 2023: Wake boats will be the topic of today’s noontime live radio news program, Vermont Edition. Speakers will include: Here’s how to listen at noon: To email your questions or comments: vermontedition@vermontpublic.orgTo telephone your questions or comments:  1-800-639-2211

  • Lake Wake Story: Woodbury

    Bob Martin has served as a lister in Woodbury for over 20 years and as the Town’s zoning administrator for many years. Responsible Wakes interviewed Bob to learn about the effects that wake boats would have on his town. Bob, I understand that Woodbury holds the record among Vermont towns for having the most lakes […]

  • Lake Wake Story: Great Averill

    Great Averill Pond is located up by the Canadian border, in Essex county. At 828 acres, it is the ninth largest inland lake in Vermont. Among other things, the lake supports populations of brook trout, lake trout, and rainbow trout, along with about 100 seasonal camps occupied at times by homo sapiens. Responsible Wakes interviewed […]

  • The Road Ahead

    This newsletter looks at the road ahead as we enter the formal rulemaking process. Responsible Wakes is pleased with the significant progress following the filing of our petition in March of last year seeking to regulate wake sports Vermont lakes and ponds. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has drafted a rule that would allow […]

  • Vermont Lakes Speak Up

    Vermonters showed their depth of support for wake boat regulation on February 15 in Greensboro when a wave of citizens flowed into the hearing where the Department of Environmental Conservation heard comments on their draft rule to regulate wake boats on Vermont lakes. A deluge of 100 participated on-site, while 170 streamed online. Of the […]

  • Lakes in the Spotlight

    The week ahead will be important for those interested in the future of Vermont’s lakes and ponds. On Wednesday, February 15, DEC conducts a meeting to gather commentary on its draft wakeboat rule. Last week, we saw a flurry of press reports and opinion in favor of RWVL. This newsletter provides information and advice to […]

  • 500 feet is not enough

    The wakeboat rule being drafted by the Department of Environmental Conservation moves Vermont in the right direction, but not far enough. DEC’s draft proposes that wakeboats operate at least 500 feet from shore. RWVL’s petition, supported by current science and by the reality of life on Vermont lakes, calls for an offset of 1000 feet. […]

  • Talking Points for February 15

    The Department of Environmental Conservation will be taking public commentary on its draft rule for the management of wakeboats on Vermont lakes on February 15, 2023. The meeting will take place from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick Street, Greensboro, Vermont, and also online. We hope, that as a supporter […]

  • Economic Analysis Released

    Citing $93 Million Annual Benefit To Regulating Wake Sports Montpelier, Vermont, February 2, 2023 – Responsible Wakes for Vermont Lakes (RWVL) petitioned Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) in March 2022 to manage wake sports on Vermont inland lakes to limit the growing adverse impacts caused by wake sports’ artificially large wakes. RWVL has provided the ANR with an economic impact […]