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A bill that cleared the Vermont Senate last week would declare Vermont’s groundwater a “public trust” to be managed for the good of everyone in the state. The bill would also establish a permitting process for most groundwater withdrawals above a certain size. The measure is about to move on to the House. Maude Barlow is an author and water advocate. Diane Snelling is a Chittenden County Senator and key proponent of groundwater protection. William Driscoll is Vice President of Associated Industries of Vermont. They spoke with VPR’s Jane Lindholm about Vermont’s water and the bill.