MIDDLEBURY (AP) - A special panel studying the health of Vermont's lakes and shore lands is hosting a public forum in Middlebury.

The Lake Shoreland Protection Commission will hold the meeting Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.

The session is expected to include a presentation from the state Agency of Natural Resources about the current health of Vermont's lakes and how that is affected by the way people use lands immediately surrounding them.

Vermont lawmakers have been considering new regulations governing the clearing of land and creation of impervious surfaces next to lakes.