Ship Sinking Permit Challenged | WAMC

Ship Sinking Permit Challenged

Apr 28, 2021

A plan to sink a decommissioned ferry in Lake Champlain is being challenged by two local advocacy groups.


The Vermont Division of Historic Preservation and the Lake Champlain Transportation Company have received a permit from the state Agency of Natural Resources to sink the 152 foot-long M.V. Adirondack. The intent is to create an artificial reef for scuba divers near the Burlington waterfront.

The Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Lake Champlain Committee are appealing the permit, challenging the Department of Environmental Conservation’s determination that future recreational use by scuba divers meets the public good.