For the preservation, protection and maintenance of Lake St. Catherine
We'd like to announce a milfoil cleanup 'Community Day' in the Channel and Little Lake on Sunday, July 25th, and give you an update on our Milfoil Control efforts so far this season.
Milfoil Cleanup 'Community Day': Members of the LSCA and LSCCF have been planning for a 'Community Day' in the Channel and Little Lake areas to organize volunteers to collect all the floating milfoil they can find as an educational and hands-on 'Stop The Spread' event to benefit the lake on Sunday, July 25th, beginning at 9 AM. We have been informed that neighbors in the Channel would like this to expand past a single day event, to become a season-long effort - which is FANTASTIC - and we have made arrangements to make this happen.
A very generous member of the lake community from West Lake Road (thanks Heather!) has loaned a floating platform so it can be used as an easily accessible drop-off point in the Channel. This platform was installed in the Channel this weekend:
If you are heading towards the Little Lake from the bridge, this platform is set up in front of the last camp on the left (thanks Dawn & Joel!) in the Channel before getting to Little Lake. That's Dawn on her kayak testing it out.
Also, very generous Little Lake residents on Clayton Tract (thanks Karla & Mike!) will make one of their docks available as a drop-off point in the Little Lake.
The orange dots on the map on the left indicate where the designated drop-off points are.
We'll be asking volunteers to get out on the Channel and on the Little Lake to collect all the floating milfoil they can find and deposit it on one of our 2 drop-off points. Then, the Lake St. Catherine Association's DASH team will come down and pickup the collected milfoil for disposal.
After this initial milfoil cleanup Community Day, the two drop-off points will stay in place, and weekly pickups will be made. The milfoil will be collected and delivered to the DASH team for disposal.
Thank you to all the volunteers who have gotten us this far - the project has been planned and a workflow is in place.
Now we need you!
So, we hope to see you out there on the lake in your kayak, on your boat or SUP, or in or on any other kind of floating craft you can bring to be ready to do some milfoil scooping!
We'll provide additional details as we get closer to the event. Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 25th! Thanks.
ProcellaCOR treatment: As you know, 3 areas were treated for milfoil this year: Halls Bay, a small area north of the Channel, and an area of Little Lake.
Based on the reports we've received from many of you, and our own observations, the treatment has been very effective. In Little Lake, you can actually see the line where the treatment area ends (see the map on the left).
This does not mean that the work is done for the season.
We still need your help to make sure these excellent results are not squandered.
It's up to all of us to stop the spread of milfoil.
We recently posted the document "What You Can Do To Help Stop The Spread Of Milfoil" which outlines the best practices that you can follow to help to stop the spread. The LSCA Boat Launch Greeters have also been handing this flyer out around the lake, so you may have already received a printed copy.
We hope you can follow these best practices which apply lake-wide. There are also Little Lake specific best practices for 2021:
Please help to do your part.
The treatment in Little Lake this season is part of a 3-year plan to help get milfoil under control there. In March, the LSCA and LSCCF reached out to the lake community and launched a fundraiser to help pay for this plan. Within just a few weeks, we reached our goal of $12,000, which covered a third of the $36,000 estimate. The LSCA and LSCCF each contributed $12,000 to cover the full amount of the year 1 treatment.
Donations have continued to come in, and we have currently raised over $5,000 to be used for year 2. You can contribute to the 3-year Little Lake plan, and read more about it by clicking here: https://lakestcatherine.org/little-lake-milfoil-control.
Soon, there will be a 1 month post treatment survey, and in late September, there will be a detailed lake-wide aquatic plant survey (you can see our 17 years of aquatic plant surveys on LSC by clicking here). Using the data and information collected from these surveys, a plan of action will be created for year 2.
Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH): As you can see in the flyer image above which includes the map of LSC, the areas highlighted in green are designated to be worked on by our DASH team. They hand pull the milfoil from the bottom of the lakebed by the roots and then suction the full plant to the surface for safe removal from the lake.
The divers started hand pulling milfoil in the designated areas in late June, and were able to begin full operations using the suction equipment on July 1st. They will continue working throughout the summer.
The DASH team is reporting that the milfoil they are seeing in their work areas on the Big Lake have low / sparse milfoil density, and plants are single strands with small root masses.
Each Monday, we'll post an update as to where the DASH team will be working during that week.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to these milfoil control efforts this season. Many in our lake community have made donations, and many are putting in the work to get as much milfoil out of the lake as they can.
If we are all pitching in, we can collectively make a huge impact - please speak to your neighbors and help to get the word out.
Let's do this!
We got in the 9th Annual Boat Parade, right before the rain started.
Thank you to all who participated, to those who cheered from their boat and from the shore, and to everyone who voted.
We hope you enjoyed it!
The votes are in, and we have our winners...
Boat #19 - Laura Frost - Liberty
Boat #20 - Chris Conte - Patriotic
Boat #12 - Sarah Conine - Horsing Around With The Cows
Boat #4 - Laurie Miller - America Runs On Dunkin'
Boat #2 - The Roth Family - Scooby Doo Mystery Machine
Boat #21 - The Bilotta Family - Summer Camp
Boat #10 - Tonia and Paul Ramirez - Sponge Bob
Are you a member yet? Maintaining the lake costs approximately $125,000 annually. Grants, membership dues and contributions make up the majority of our funding. If you'd like to help, please consider becoming a member or making a donation. The LSCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and any contribution that you make is tax deductible.
Hello LSC! We got in the 9th Annual Boat Parade, right before the rain started. Thank you to all who participated, and to those who cheered from their boat and the shore. We hope you enjoyed it!
Now it's time to hear from you. You can vote for your favorite boats in our four categories: Best Overall, Funniest, Most Patriotic, Most Original.
Vote here: https://forms.gle/wgoAnYLenXJ2LNvN7
Voting will be open until 8 PM, with the winners announced soon after.
Thank you to all! Have a safe and fun 4th.
We are aware of the recent reports of unsafe boating incidents around the lake.
We have invited our Game Warden Justin Turner for a Meet & Greet to talk about lake safety and to answer your questions.
Please join us at the Wells Lakeside Park at 9 AM on Saturday, July 10th.
We'd like to invite you to the 2021 Lake St. Catherine Association Annual Meeting & Dinner at the Lake St. Catherine Country Club on Saturday, July 24th, beginning at 6 PM.
The LSCA Trustees will update you on lake issues, give you reports from their committees, and discuss current and future initiatives for the lake. The meeting will conclude with an open question and answer session.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
At approximately 7:30, dinner will be served. If you'd like to stay for dinner, the LSC CC has provided the menu below.
- Includes cake and coffee.
Please RSVP for the meeting so the chef can be prepared for the number of meals to prepare by clicking here to register. You will be able to indicate the selection of dinner(s) you'd like to reserve. You can pay online with a credit card or with cash at the door. Paying online adds $1 to each dinner to cover transaction fees. Thank you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Click here to RSVP!
Good afternoon LSC.
We'd like to share some drone photos and video of the Little Lake that were taken on 6/23/21, the morning after the milfoil treatment. A sincere THANK YOU to VT Lake House for taking these photos for us.
These photos show us both the beauty of Little Lake and the dense milfoil cover under the surface.
In late August, we'll revisit these areas with the drone to see the effect of the milfoil treatment from this arial perspective. We'll also have a 1 month survey performed in mid-July, and there will be a comprehensive, lake-wide aquatic plant survey that will take place in September (you can view the past 17 aquatic plant survey reports by visiting our website's Links & Downloads section. We'll share these reports with you as soon as they are available.
We also hope that you are helping to do your part as well.
We recently posted "What You Can Do To Help Stop The Spread Of Milfoil" which outlines the best practices that you can follow to help to stop the spread. You can view that here: https://lakestcatherine.org/blog/10670190
If we are all pitching in, we can make our lake-wide milfoil control efforts a success.
To view the full set of photos and the video, please click here to go to the Google Drive folder, Drone Photos - 6-23-2021.
On Saturday, June 26th, the Lake St. Catherine Association held their second meeting of the 2021 season. Meeting minutes compiled by Jerremy Jones.
Attendance: Jim Canders, Nancy Liberatore, John Belvavis, Ed Laird, Mary Jo Teetor, Jerremy Jones, Frank Callahan, Bob Williams, Elaine Bagley, Martha Pofit, Ken Abt (online), Jeff Crandall (online). Absent: Rob Nesbit, Kemi McShane.
Call to Order: President Jim Canders called the meeting to order at 8:05 AM.
Previous meeting minutes approved.
Annual Meeting, John: LSC CC can offer the same dinners as 2019 meeting, a buffet selection of chicken or fish with sides or a prime rib dinner. Jerremy will start working on the presentation, setting up RSVPs through the website.
Greeters, John: Program running well, Greeters doing a great job at boat launch and State Park. Greeters went around Little Lake for the Stop The Spread handout. Will also cover the rest of the lake.
Milfoil Control, Jeff: Got the F&W Greeter permit for the boat launch, one is not needed at the State Park. DASH - 92 acres, will start July 1st for full operations, currently hand-pulling. ProcellaCOR treatment occurred on June 22nd in Halls Bay, and in Little Lake.
Little Lake Meeting, Jerremy: Meeting on June 19 at Wells Lakeside Park. Members of LSCCF, LSCA, Wells Select Board, and members of the lake community attended. We detailed the 3 year plan and discussed the Stop The Spread handout. The meeting was mostly positive, then veered off of that positivity when the Q&A started. We did receive some nice feedback from some attendees. Jim offered a motion for $425 to cover the cost of the handouts, approved. Also discussed was a meeting called by the Wells Select Board on June 23rd, attended by Jim, Frank, and Jerremy. Members of the LSCCF were also in attendance. Topics discussed: the 3-year Little Lake milfoil control program, and the working relationship between the WSB, LSCA, and LSCCF.
Treasurer’s Report, Elaine: Financial report presented and approved. To date, 341 members. Donations coming in from happy users of the lake. 990 filed, motion to pay preparer, approved. Elaine summarized closure and setup of new accounts as was discussed last meeting.
Water Quality, Mary Jo: Lay monitoring taking place as usual. Will contact town to order E. coli testing kits.
Publicity, Jerremy: discussed recent coverage of the award of the watershed action grant in local papers, recent community volunteer events, website and Facebook always updated with latest lake and LSCA news.
Lake Safety, Frank: 2 upcoming boating license classes, many reservations for both, might add a third, TBD. Buoys and markers out, the one in Halls Bay went missing soon after it was placed. More have been ordered. Discussed reports of unsafe boating, extend an invite to our Game Warden to speak at annual meeting.
Grants, Martha: discussed kickoff of Lake Wise, LCBP’s State of the Lake report, and clean water funding, the Watershed Action Plan.
Nominating, Bob: 4 open spots, 1 to be appointed, 3 for election at annual meeting. Idea to create ‘Wanted’ posters to be used as ice-breakers to speak with residents about joining the LSCA. Current Trustees will canvas their areas to speak with potential candidates. Jerremy will create the poster and email to Trustees.
New Business: Sign up for East Poultney Day? Yes, Jerremy will get us signed up. Wells Variety Day, per Nora at Wells Town Hall, will not be happening.
Motion for adjournment, approved.
We'd like to take a moment to thank our 2021 Business Sponsors:
Merritt Environmental Consulting
and oil tank services.
Lake St. Catherine Cottages
70 West Lake Road
Phone: (802) 773-0100
Phone: (802) 645-0093
Lake St. Catherine Country Club
Golfing, Pro Shop, Bar & Grill
Dinner Specials Fri & Sat
Phone: (802) 287-9341
Lake Hill Compost
LSC's local food scrap collection
and composting service.
Hardware, Housewares, Paint, Lumber,
Rentals & More Since 1946
Phone: (802) 287-5791
Experience amazing lakefront views
Daily and weekly rentals available
New England Lakeside Realty
Helping Families Find Their New
Homes In Vermont's Lakes Region
Phone: (802) 645-9001
Boating, Service, Rentals
Located on Lake Bomoseen.
Phone: (802) 265-3690
Lakes & Homes Real Estate
Offering years of expertise
in Rutland County
Phone: (802) 671-8042
Haun Welding Supply
Household Propane and
Cylinder Gas Delivery
Phone: (518) 743-8944
All have made a $200 contribution to the Lake St. Catherine Association for the 2021 season - thank you for your support!
You can find them listed on the Sponsors page our our website, and they are listed in our Spring and Fall newsletters.
If your business would like to be a Business Sponsor, you can fill out our online membership form here: Become A Member, or you can print and mail in this 2021 Membership Form.
Thanks again to our 2021 Business Sponsors - and all who have contributed this season to help us fulfill our mission to preserve, protect and maintain Lake St. Catherine.
Good morning LSC.
The milfoil treatment was successfully applied yesterday.
Recreational and household use can resume today. Using the lake water for irrigation can resume next Tuesday.
Our DASH crew has started hand-pulling, and will begin full DASH operations on July 1st.
To view the DASH and ProcellaCOR areas, please click here to view the map.
Now, we are asking you to help make these efforts a success by following these best practices to stop the spread of milfoil:
Little Lake specific tips:
Please check out our "Stop The Spread Of Milfoil" flyer for more detailed information.
Let's do this!
Hello good folks of LSC.
Each season, the LSCA outlines our plan to control the invasive weed Eurasian Watermilfoil (milfoil) in LSC. Milfoil is a non-native plant that grows very quickly, at at rate much faster than our native aquatic plants, crowding them out. It spreads very easily via fragmentation, and small pieces can seed new plants. Large patches of milfoil impair recreational activities, and can constrict water flow.
As many of you know, for over a year, the Lake St. Catherine Association (LSCA) and the Lake St. Catherine Conservation (LSCCF) have been working on a 3-Year Milfoil Control Plan for Little Lake.
In early March, we announced the plan, and kicked off a fundraiser. We launched this webpage (https://lakestcatherine.org/little-lake-milfoil-control) to tell you about the plan and collect donations. Just a few weeks after the fundraiser was launched, we had reached our $12,000 goal, and have collected an additional $5,200 which will be applied to year 2. The LSCA and LSCCF are both contributing $12,000 each in year 1 to fully cover the $36,000 estimate for the 2021 treatment of Little Lake. Please keep an eye on the website linked above as it will be updated with information as we evaluate the treatment's effectiveness throughout the season.
The treatment will take place this Tuesday, June 22nd. You can read more about the 2021 treatment by clicking here.
Thank you to all who contributed, and who continue to contribute. Fundraising will be very important to help fund year 2.
LSCA & LSCCF Meeting At The Wells Town Park
Today, both groups held a meeting at the Wells Town Park to discuss the plan, and to kick off our outreach and education plan to boaters and property owners to outline actions you can take to stop the spread of milfoil.
Thank you to all who attended, the Presidents and board members of both the LSCA and LSCCF, and the Wells Select Board. We also thank the Delaney Committee for the use of the Wells Town Park.
This document, "Stop The Spread Of Milfoil" was handed out and discussed at the meeting. Click the link to download a copy.
The handout includes a description of what milfoil is, specific things you can do to help stop the spread of milfoil, lake-wide milfoil control efforts, and Little Lake specific recommendations for 2021.
Help To Stop The Spread Of Milfoil
Here are the things YOU CAN DO to help stop the spread of milfoil, which are all applicable lake-wide. All require a bit of elbow grease on your part, but if we are all contributing, it can make a big difference around the lake.
Little Lake Specific Best Practices For 2021
The volunteers that make up the LSCA and LSCCF can only do so much. We have invested many hours in the planning, and we now are investing lots of money funded by the generous contributions of the towns and from our members to execute the plan.
So, we are now asking for your help to stop the spread of milfoil by following the best practices listed above.
This needs to be a lake-wide effort with everyone pitching in.
Let's do this!
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