Prohibits littering in or on Waters of the State and establishes a Marine Debris Cleanup Fund for cleanup activities in shorelands and river corridors in Vermont. Fees and fines collected for violations of the littering prohibition would be deposited into the Marine Debris Cleanup Fund.

February 22, 2013: Read First Time and Referred to the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources.

HFWWR took testimony on H.356 the week of January 6, 2014.

Update: 1/28/2014

H. 356 was amended and passed out of House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources on a 9-0-0 vote.  The Committee’s amendment was agreed to in the House on 2/28/14 and a third reading was ordered.

The bill as amended would make it illegal to throw, dump, deposit, cause, or permit to be  thrown, dumped, or deposited any solid waste, refuse of whatever nature, or any noxious thing in or on waters of the State, including frozen waters, or on the shores or banks of waters of the State in a manner as to be subject to being washed in the main stream or body of water under normal high water conditions, unless the person has a permit under 10 V.S.A. chapter 47 to discharge waste.  If the throwing, placing, or depositing was done from a vessel, it will be prima facie evidence that it was done by the operator of the vessel.

A person found in violation of this law may be assigned to spend up to 80 hours collecting trash or litter from a specified segment of roadside or from a specified area of public property or from shorelands or river corridors. If a person that fails to pay the penalty violated this law while operating a vessel, that person’s certificate of boating education will be suspended for ten days.

Click here to read a recent version of this bill.

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