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  • 15 Aug 2023 8:32 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    We had a great time speaking to so many good folks at East Poultney Day on Saturday! Thanks for stopping by our booth to talk about the lake.

    We'd also like to thank the Poultney Historical Society for inviting us to give a presentation about the lake and the work of the LSCA. There was a great crowd - we hope you enjoyed our talk.

    If you were unable to attend, PEGTV was there to record it:

    East Poultney Day 2023

    East Poultney Day 2023

  • 10 Aug 2023 7:58 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    We'd like to share an update from our Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) crew.

    So far this season, Beck & Owen have been working in North Bay, Horseshoe Bay, and Oxbow Bay, hand-pulling 643 buckets (17.5 gallon) of milfoil so far.

    This Monday, they have started working in the Channel, near the boat launch, and will be in the Channel for most of the remainder of their season.

    Beck reached out with this note thanking lake users: "All lake users have been very respectful and encouraging with our activity taking up a lot of space."

    Thank you for giving them the space they need to work!

    LSCA DASH Crew

    Be sure to give them a wave, or say hi if you are passing by.

    We'd like to thank all the Channel folks who signed the letter of support that Dawn Smith put together which the LSCA submitted with our grant application to help fund this project and the Greeter Program at the boat launch!

    You can read more about DASH, and our milfoil control efforts here: https://lakestcatherine.org/milfoil-control-program

    Our DASH team and the Greeter Program on Lake St. Catherine are made possible in part through a grant earned from the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC).

  • 2 Aug 2023 9:42 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Good evening LSC - we'd like to let you know about a new loon conservation and protection project on Lake St. Catherine.

    In partnership with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) and Vermont Fish & Wildlife, this evening, we have installed a collection tube provided by VCE at the boat launch in Wells to collect old lead tackle and monofilament fishing line.

    Lake St. Catherine Boat Launch Lead and Monofilament Collection Tube

    Lake St. Catherine Boat Launch Lead and Monofilament Collection Tube

    Even a small lead split shot is 100 percent fatal if swallowed.

    • Every year lead tackle and discarded monofilament line kills aquatic wildlife, including loons, eagles, swans, geese, mammals, and other waterbirds.

    • Nearly 50% of loon deaths from 1989-2022 in Vermont were caused by lead fishing gear, monofilament, and ingestion of hooks.

    Our Greeters will inform boaters of the new collection tube, and we will monitor it throughout the year. VCE will make pickups and properly dispose of the collect lead and line.

    Check your tackle box for old lead sinkers, tackle, and old fishing line, and drop it off in the tube.

    Please help to spread the word!

    You can read more about this project and loons via these links:

    https://fishleadfree.org/vt/

    https://vtecostudies.org/.../common-loon-conservation/

    Thank you!

  • 31 Jul 2023 12:17 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Good afternoon LSC.

    Our Game Warden Justin Turner sent us this update about Game Warden patrols at the lake over the past 2 weeks to pass along to the lake community. He will be providing updates throughout the season, and this is his fourth update.

    We thank Justin for his work, and providing these updates to the lake community!

    Justin's Report:

    “Patrol update from July 15th through July 30th. Game Wardens have been patrolling the lake, making a lot contacts, and issuing safety inspection stickers to many boats. During patrols Wardens continue to address wake violations.

    Please remember the distance requirements and be aware of your surroundings while on the water. Here is the exact verbiage as it relates to distance requirement from Title 23 V.S.A. 3311(c). Operation of vessels:

    (c) Distance requirements.

    (1) An individual shall not operate any vessel, seaplane, racing shell, or rowing scull, except a sailboard or a police or emergency vessel, within 200 feet of the shoreline; an individual in the water; a canoe, rowboat, or other vessel; an anchored or moored vessel containing any individual; or anchorages or docks, except at a speed of less than five miles per hour that does not create a wake.

    (2) An individual shall not operate any vessel, seaplane, racing shell, or rowing scull, except a nonmotorized canoe, a nonmotorized rowboat, or a police or emergency vessel, within 200 feet of a divers-down flag.

    (3) Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit rendering assistance to another individual, picking up an individual in the water, necessary mooring or landing, or leaving shore, or operating in any other place where obstruction, other than the shoreline, would prevent abiding by this statute.

    (4) An individual shall not operate a vessel, except at speeds of less than five miles per hour, within 200 feet of a designated swimming area.

    If you see us out on the water and would like an inspection, have a question, or just want to say hi, please feel free to flag us down. We have pulled up to several docks recently for all the above.

    Stay safe and enjoy the lake!”

    Thank you to Justin for working to keep us all safe on the lake, and for providing these updates.

    You can read more about boating rules, and how to contact Justin on our Lake Safety page here: https://lakestcatherine.org/lake-safety


  • 29 Jul 2023 8:00 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    The Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIP) Program was established by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in 2007 to focus on early detection of all known and potential aquatic invasive species (AIS) before they can become established in a waterbody. Early detection is vital to protecting Lake St. Catherine from harmful invasive plants and animals. Volunteers participating in the VIP Program will monitor Lake St. Catherine for new introductions of invasive species and report their findings to the DEC. If a new invasive is discovered, the DEC will dispatch a team and work with the LSCA to organize an effort to remove it from the lake.

    This is a GREAT addition to our invasive species control and prevention initiatives which includes our Greeter Program. Our Greeters work at the Wells boat launch and at the State Park to inspect vessels before (and after) they enter Lake St. Catherine to check for AIS like spiny water flea, asian clams, zebra mussels, and other invasive plants and animals that are only a lake away from LSC.

    If you enjoy paddling on Lake St. Catherine and would also like to be part of an early warning system looking for invasive species, we hope you will join us and participate in this program. Using underwater viewers, we'll patrol LSC for invasive species, survey our healthy native plant populations, and reduce the threat for invasive plant species introductions.

    VIP volunteers will:

    • Be trained and learn how to identify and survey for aquatic invasive species
    • Participate in paddles in high-risk areas (like the boat launch) to survey for the presence of invasive plants and animals
    • Notify DEC staff of their survey(s) and submit suspicious samples for positive identification.

    Our first paddle will be on Saturday, August 19th at 9 AM. We'll meet in our kayaks, canoes, SUPs, etc. around the Wells Boat Launch, do a training, and our first patrol! Email us at info@lakestcatherine.org to let us know you’d like to volunteer for this program!

    You can read more about the VIP Program on our website: https://lakestcatherine.org/vermont-invasive-patrollers

    Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIP) Paddle - Saturday, July 15th

  • 28 Jul 2023 7:56 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    On Saturday, July 22nd, the Lake St. Catherine Association held their third meeting of the 2023 season.

    Attendance: Jim Canders, Jerremy Jones, Mary Jo Teetor, Kemi McShane, Frank Callahan, Ed Laird, Lisa Micich, John Belnavis, Rob Nesbit, Bob Williams, Jeff Crandall, Mark Shea, Nancy Liberatore. Absent: Mike Gay, Sue Williams

    Guests: None

    Call to Order: President Jim Canders called the meeting to order at 8:08. 

    Public Comment: None.

    Approval of Meeting Minutes: Minutes of June 24, 2023 posted. Motion to accept the minutes as presented, made by Frank, seconded by Mark. All in favor, so moved.

    Treasurer’s Report: Mary Jo Teetor, MJ presented the report and discussed expenditures, income from donations, sale of land, membership dues, and grants & funding (some have not been received) and some allocations from the previous year are reflected in the report. Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report as presented made by Lisa, and seconded by Mark. All in favor, so moved. Next, Ed presented the Purchasing Policy he had drafted, following state guidelines. All in favor, so moved. After further discussion, Ed will make some slight language changes and present the final draft at the August meeting for a vote. Once adopted, the policy will be sent to our CWSP to complete our qualifications. 

    Annual Meeting: John Belnavis, John discussed the plans for the evening including the room set-up and breakdown from the meeting to the dinner. The Board approved facility fee of $350.00 which will be paid to the LSCCC. Dinner was a sold-out event, expecting 100 attendees. Jerremy ran through the presentation slides and made suggested adjustments.

    Milfoil Management: Jeff Crandall, Jeff reported on the DASH team's work in North, Oxbow, and Horseshoe Bays. Mentioned working with Arrowwood for the fall plant survey, and a brief discussion was had about alewifes and water clarity.

    Water Quality: Mary Jo Teetor, Mary Jo discussed E. coli tests at the State Park, a concern due to the heavy rain - all clear. There was also a brief discussion of the LBA's permit denial, our new permit, and the upcoming wake boat meetings being held by the state in early August. 

    Publicity: Jerremy Jones, Jerremy discussed getting the word out with posts on our Blog, Facebook pages, emails to membership. We'll have a booth and give a presentation at East Poultney Day on Aug 12.

    Lake Safety: Frank Callahan & Mike Gay, Mike discussed the need to recruit some volunteers (Buoy Buddies) for some buoys around the lake.

    A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 9:55, seconded and all in favor, so moved. 

    Next meeting: August 26, 2023 at 8:30 AM LSC CC.

    Meeting minutes compiled by Kemi McShane.


  • 23 Jul 2023 7:16 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC.

    Thank you to all who attended the LSCA's Annual Meeting & Dinner - we had a packed house!

    We hope you you enjoyed our guest speakers, our presentation, and having a great dinner with your lake neighbors.

    The LSCA would like to thank the Lake St. Catherine Country Club and their staff for hosting us, our guest speakers Justin Turner and Pat Suozzi, and the local and state officials who joined us for the evening. 

    If you were unable to join us, you can view the full presentation on YouTube:

    If you have any questions about the presentation, please let us know, we'd be happy to answer them. You can reach us at info@lakestcatherine.org

    Thank you!

  • 17 Jul 2023 9:22 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Lakes and Ponds Program Manager Oliver Pierson has issued this statement about the recent flooding in Vermont,

    "A Statement from the Vermont DEC Lakes and Ponds Program After the July 2023 Floods"

    Read it here: https://vermontlakes.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Statement-from-the-Vermont-DEC-Lakes-and-Ponds-Program-after-the-July-2023-Floods.pdf

  • 17 Jul 2023 12:52 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    > UPDATE

    Lake resident Russ Rosinski has taken care of the debris, so we'll not need to meet on Sunday the 23rd for a cleanup. Thanks Russ!

    Original posting:

    Good afternoon LSC.

    We've been contacted about the debris that has piled up on the dam at Lake's End, and we've made plans to both organize volunteers and head down to the dam to do a cleanup this Sunday, July 23rd at 8 AM.

    We did this back in 2021, and the gathered volunteers helped us make quick work of the cleanup. You can read about that effort here: https://lakestcatherine.org/blog/10629912

    If you'd like to help out on Sunday, send us an email to info@laketscatherine.org to let us know you'll be there.

    Thanks!

    The dam at Lake's End, Lake St. Catherine

  • 12 Jul 2023 6:19 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Today, we and the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District were very happy to host Lake Shoreland Coordinator Alison Marchione from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation at Lake St. Catherine as Alison conducted a Lake Wise training.

    All these fine folks were learning how to perform Lake Wise assessments for Lake St. Catherine, and other local lakes.

    Thank you Alison, and all the trainees!

    Lake Wise is a DEC program that works with lake property owners to help make their shoreline lake friendly.

    If you would like to participate in Lake Wise this season, please email us at info@lakestcatherine.org - we have a few spots left!

    Finally, a cool stat that we learned today... Since the program's inception in 2014, 780 Lake Wise assessments have been performed, and 81 of those have taken place on Lake St. Catherine! That's over 10% of all the Lake Wise assessments in the State! This is a fantastic testament to the commitment of our lakeshore owners to work to preserve and protect beautiful Lake St. Catherine.

    Please consider signing up! Learn more here: https://lakestcatherine.org/lake-wise-program

    This Lake St. Catherine Association project is made possible by a grant earned from the Lake Champlain Basin Program & NEIWPCC, and is partially funded by the US EPA. The LSCA has again earned a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to perform Lake Wise assessments and implement projects for 2023.

    Vermont DEC Lake Wise training at Lake St. Catherine

    EPA, LCBP, NEIWPCC logos

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