Policy Statements

As part of FOVLAP’s advocacy efforts, the Board of Directors has developed policy statements reflecting their position on aspects of lake management. These statements are used by the Board when contacting legislators or testifying on water-related issues. Policy statements reflect the views of the Board and may differ from those of member lake associations.

  • Concerning the Regulation of Wake Sports (November 2021): The FOVLAP Board of Directors recognizes and is concerned about artificially enhanced large wakes and the powerful propeller wash produced during wakeboarding and wake surfing activities.  The artificially enhanced large waves and powerful propeller wash produced to facilitate wakeboarding and wake surfing recreation may have many negative impacts if these activities occur in waterbody locations that are too shallow or too close to shore.  Read the full statement here.
  • Concerning Enhanced Wakes (October 2021): Consistent with the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds (FOVLAP) mission to preserve and protect Vermont’s lakes, ponds and their watersheds for the benefit of this and future generations, the FOVLAP Board recognizes and is concerned about artificially enhanced large wakes and the powerful propeller wash produced during wakeboarding and wake surfing activities and their effects on public safety, shoreline erosion, property damage, ecosystem disruption, aquatic invasive species (AIS) spread, and water quality.  Read the full statement here.