Check out this great new collection of Lake Wise Info Sheets from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.
Beaches and Recreation Areas
Conserve and Protect Lakeshores
Lake-Friendly Yard Maintenance
Live Stakes and Fascines
Low Impact Lakeshore Development
Managing Invasive Plants
Restore Natural Plant Communities
Low Impact Lake Access
Driveways and Lake Roads
Turn-outs & Rock Aprons
Water Bars & Open-Top Culverts
Upland Stormwater Management
Downspout Disconnection & Rain Barrels
These are great resources to show you how to implement best practices on your lakeshore property to make it lake-friendly by limiting stormwater from carrying phosphorus, sediments, and other pollutants into the lake.
They also illustrate the great work that our partner the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District (PMNRCD) performs around the lake as part of the Lake St. Catherine Lake Wise Program. Over the past 4 years, these projects have worked to limit stormwater runoff, and have also helped to beautify the shoreline.
If you are interested in participating in Lake Wise on LSC in 2023 (which will be our 5th year!), please email us at email@example.com to get on the list!
You can learn more about the Lake Wise Program here: https://lakestcatherine.org/lake-wise-program
Here's an example of page 1 of the Lakeshore Buffers Lake Wise Info Sheet:
The new sheets and lots of additional information on the Lake Wise Program from the Vermont DEC can be viewed here: https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/lakeshores-lake-wise/bmp