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  • 12 Jul 2020 12:47 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC.

    Our 2020 Milfoil Control Program is well underway - and we'd like to provide you an update.

    ProcellaCOR Treatment

    On Wednesday, June 24th, three areas on LSC totaling 18.3 acres were treated with ProcellaCOR (highlighted in red in the attached map). This represents a 52% reduction in the amount of acres that were treated in 2019. Two areas were in the northern end of the lake in North Bay and Lily Pond, the other area was in the Channel south of the bridge. The results have been excellent - as there is no milfoil to be found in these treated areas, 17 days post treatment. We were also very happy to speak with some property owners in the Channel to hear their positive comments and observations about the results.

    Suction Harvesting

    Our diver assisted suction harvesting (DASH) team began their work on June 27th.

    This season, the DASH team will be working in 10 areas, totaling 38.7 acres (highlighted in red in the attached map). This represents a 42% reduction in the amount of acres that were DASH'd in 2019.

    Our DASH team sent in this report on their work so far:

    "We have already finished Locations C, D, G, and I. Today we started work at location B and have also put in two days of work at location K. All locations were found to have very low density milfoil, I will attach a few photos [see one of these underwater photos below] of what we are generally observing at most sites. We also have surveyed the lake and couldn't find any large milfoil patches, the first time I have ever seen this while working on Lake St. Catherine. Overall the status of milfoil growth in the lake is very low from our observations!"

    >> Please note, our DASH team is referring to the areas of LSC that have been part of our Milfoil Control Program over the past several years.

    See the attached treatment map to see the locations they are referring to.

    Weed Identification

    Each season, we receive questions about weeds, so we want to show you some photos so you can clearly identify them.

    Here is an image referenced by our DASH team in their report above. It was taken in LSC and shows milfoil and other native plants. As the DASH team mentioned, the milfoil they are seeing is low density. In the image, we have highlighted the milfoil with orange arrows, and an orange rectangle:

    Photo credit: LSCA DASH Team

    Milfoil is an invasive species of plant that, by permit, we are allowed to address in LSC.

    There is another weed in LSC that we receive a lot of questions about called Illinois Pondweed (potamogeton illinoensis). Based on the questions we've received, we know that it's sometimes confused with milfoil - even though they look very different.

    This is Illinois Pondweed:

    Photo credit: Peter M. Dziuk from the www.minnesotawildflowers.info website

    This plant will grow to the surface and the stem at the top, called the flower, will extend past the waterline.

    Illinois Pondweed is a native plant in LSC, so we are not allowed to treat or DASH it. Native aquatic plants are beneficial for the lake as they create a habitat in the lake ecosystem, cycle nutrients and can help with erosion control and repelling invasives.

    Sometimes the pondweed can grow in your dock and swimming areas. You are permitted to hand-pull these weeds if they are a nuisance in these areas. If you do hand-pull any aquatic plants, PLEASE do not leave them in the water! Bring them on shore to dewater and dry out, then dispose of them as you would lawn waste.

    We'd also ask that if you see floating weeds in the water, near your dock, or on your shoreline, please remove them from the water. This is ESPECIALLY important with milfoil! Even small fragments of milfoil can seed new beds of milfoil plants.

    Looking Ahead

    Our DASH team will continue their work into August, and we'll continue to provide you with updates as their work progresses.

    We have already started discussing our milfoil control plans for 2021. As we've done since 2004, in October, we will perform a lake-wide plant survey which will evaluate our milfoil control efforts for 2020. This report will guide our plans for 2021. We'll share this report when it becomes available in November.

    If you'd like to review the previous LSC Aquatic Plant Surveys, please click here to view them in the Downloads section of our website.

    If you have any questions on our Milfoil Control Program, please email us: info@lakestcatherine.org.

    2020 Treatment Map:

    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.

  • 11 Jul 2020 7:41 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC.

    We are disappointed that we will not have an in-person Annual Meeting this year due to concerns over COVID-19.

    But, we still want to have some face-to-face communication with the lake community in 2020...

    So, we have an idea we are calling “Dockside Chats”. A LSCA trustee would schedule a time to meet you (and possibly your neighbors) at your dock to have a quick chat about the lake.

    This will allow us to have safe and socially distant interactions with lake property owners so you can have an opportunity to discuss lake issues with the LSCA. We'll hop on our boat or Sea•Doo, or our kayak or paddle board and head over to your dock so you can ask us questions, and we can tell you about the important lake programs this season.

    We had our first Dockside Chat yesterday, and it went very well! We think this will be a great way to speak with you about the lake during this unusual time.

    If you'd like to schedule a Dockside Chat, please email us at info@lakestcatherine.org and include some dates and times that would work for you. We'll get right back to you to set up your Dockside Chat.

    We look forward to seeing you!

  • 10 Jul 2020 8:44 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Each July, the Lake St. Catherine Association holds their Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner to update the lake community on lake issues, to give you reports from our committees, and to discuss current and future initiatives for Lake St. Catherine.

    However, due to the COVID-19 situation, we have decided that for the safety of everyone, we will conduct a ‘Virtual’ Annual Meeting this year to avoid a large gathering.

    This is a disappointing decision, but it is the right one. We thoroughly enjoy getting the membership together to talk about the lake and then share a nice dinner together. But, our first priority has to be the safety of all involved.

    So, we are preparing to have a virtual Annual Meeting.

    The board is currently preparing our slide presentation which will be chock-full of information about our work this season. The board will then get together in an online meeting room, and we’ll narrate the presentation. This session will be recorded and then posted on YouTube on July 25th for you to be able to watch at your convenience.

    We still want you to be part of the meeting!

    At the end of our presentation during the Annual Meeting, we always open up the floor to take your questions. So, we have set up this online form so that you can submit a question that we can answer during the virtual meeting:

    Submit your question by clicking here.

    Or, you can email your question to info@lakestcatherine.org.

    You can choose to include your name, or submit your question anonymously. Questions can be submitted until Friday, July 24th. At the end of the presentation, the board will answer your questions, and they will be included in the recording.

    Another important part of the Annual Meeting is the election of trustees. This has traditionally been done by our Nominating Committee Chair Bob Williams announcing the slate of candidates and the assembled membership gives a collective “aye”. Since we cannot do that this year, we will post an online ballot so you can cast your vote. To vote, you need to be a member in good standing, so the ballot will ask for your name and email address. The candidates being put forth by the Nominating Committee are: Jim Canders, Jeff Crandall, Jerremy Jones, Martha Pofit, Bob Williams. Any additional nominations must be received by July 14th, and any candidate must be a member in good standing and give 10-days notification of his/her intent to run to the Nominating Committee. Information on voting will appear with the link to view the Annual Meeting recording.

    Once the recording of the presentation is complete and available on YouTube, we will post the link on our website, on our Facebook page, and we’ll email it to all the email addresses we have on file.

    Finally, we are looking at safe ways to have face-to-face interactions with our membership this season. We have an idea we are calling “Dockside Chats”. A LSCA trustee would schedule a time to meet you (and possibly your neighbors) at your dock to have a quick chat about the lake. More on this soon.

    If you have any questions about the 2020 Annual Meeting, please let us know - you can email us at info@lakestcatherine.org. Thank you for your support of the Lake St. Catherine Association!

  • 8 Jul 2020 9:46 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    We hope you all enjoyed the boat parade this year...

    Did you happen to notice Boat #2, "Zebra Mussels - NOT In Our Lake!"?

    We'd like to introduce you to the young adults participating on this boat - who are also the same hard working young adults that staff the boat launch as part of the LSCA Greeter Program.

    From left to right: Brock Baker, Kate Hayes, Naomi Haviland, Levi Haviland, Lucas Milazzo.

    Our Greeters have been trained to identify invasive species (like spiny waterflea, asian clams, water chestnut, starry stonewort and zebra mussels) to stop them from entering LSC. They also educate boaters about the importance of looking for these invasives on their boat or trailer so they are not spread to LSC or another lake.

    Each year, they do a fantastic job checking vessels and educating the lake community on the dangers of invasive species for Lake St. Catherine. They appreciate your patience as you launch your boat so they can follow all the new safety guidelines.

    Keeping invasive species out of LSC is extremely important - so for the past 2 years, we have worked to increase the days and hours that Greeters are are on duty at the boat launch.

    The Greeters boat theme was designed to raise awareness of zebra mussels. Zebra mussels are an invasive, fingernail-sized mollusk that is native to fresh waters in Eurasia. Their name comes from the dark, zig-zagged stripes on each shell. Zebra mussels negatively impact ecosystems in many ways. They filter out algae that native species need for food and they attach to and incapacitate native mussels. Unfortunately, zebra mussels were recently discovered in Lake Dunmore, only 40 miles north of Lake St. Catherine.

    We'd like to thank the Greeters for participating in the boat parade - but most importantly, we'd like to thank them for their work at the boat launch!

    Finally, we'd like to thank their grandfather, Rod Willard for working the boat launch while the parade was going on. At 80 years old, he has proclaimed himself the oldest Greeter on duty in Vermont!

    Rod Willard and his daughter, Marcia Baker.

    So, a big thank you to all involved! Great job!

  • 4 Jul 2020 7:50 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    We hope you all enjoyed participating in, and watching the 8th Annual LSC Boat Parade!

    The votes are in, and we have our winners...

    Most Patriotic:

    Boat #8 - The Dunbar Family - "Party Like A Patriot"


    Boat #9 - The Lutz & Harris Families - "Fowl Play"

    Most Original:

    Boat #14 - The Mroz Family - "Ice Cream Boat"

    Best Overall:

    Boat #1 - The Conine Family - "Ski School"

    Thanks for voting!

    With our local businesses working as hard as they can to stay open, we did not ask for prize donations and sponsors this year. Instead, we ask that you do your best to support our sponsors from last year. They are:

    Our 2019 sponsors:

    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.

  • 4 Jul 2020 5:00 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Nicely done LSC!

    The 8th Annual LSCA Boat Parade was a great success - thank you to all the participants and all of you cheering from your boats and from the shore.

    Now it's time for you to place your vote!

    Click the attached link to see all the photos of the boats and vote for your favorite in these categories:

    • Most Original
    • Most Patriotic
    • Funniest
    • Best Overall

    Voting will be open until 7 PM tonight. We will announce the winners soon after.

    Click here to vote: https://forms.gle/ona8cFbCBN4NJhkG8

    We also hope you will consider supporting the LSCA's mission to preserve, protect and maintain Lake St. Catherine. Please click here to make a donation or click here to become a member.

    Please spread the word - and get your votes in!

    Thank you!

    The Boats:

    8th Annual LSCA Boat Parade Photo Gallery
  • 3 Jul 2020 5:26 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    On Saturday, June 27th, the Lake St. Catherine Association held their second meeting of the 2020 season.

    The Trustees gave their reports on many topics - Click here to see the full meeting agenda. Meeting minutes compiled by Kemi McShane Bostock.

    June 27th 2020 Meeting of the Lake St. Catherine Board of Trustees

    Google Meet - Online Meeting, 8:30 AM

    Meeting Called to Order by President, Jim Canders at 8:40 AM.

    Attendance: Jim Canders, Elaine Bagley, Frank Callahan, Jeff Crandall, Bob Williams, Jerremy Jones, Ken Abt, Ed Laird, Nancy Liberatore, Kemi McShane Bostock, Mary Jo Teetor

    Absent: Martha Hicks Pofit, John Belnavis, Rob Nesbit

    Prior to the meeting:

    MJ will comment on a virtual meeting with Oliver Pierson concerning his position on this year’s lake programs.

    Jerremy will discuss the disposal of the conveyor at Wescott’s Garage and payment.

    Jim Canders, President called the Meeting to order at 8:40 AM.

    Jerremy comments on his work with the LSCCF (Lake St. Catherine Conservation Fund) representative, Rick Newell about the potential LSCA/ LSCCF meeting. An outline / framework was established to manage the meeting. MJ recommended Gary Kupferer to be the moderator. He agreed to work for free for a non-profit organization. It was discussed with Rick about limiting the Q and A time. The Moderator would be in control and be able to mute the speaker if exceeded speaking timeframe.

    Each group would invite scientific panelists to make a 20 minute presentation, then engage in a 60 minute alternating Q&A. The first 20 minutes would be reserved for the scientific panelists, then 40 minutes of open Q&A with panelists and board members. We will also solicit questions from the lake community to be asked and answered during this session.

    MJ wanted to reach out to VT DEC - Misha to check and see if the format was OK. Misha is willing to attend the meeting, along with some colleagues to offer a critical view of aeration as a lake management tool to help Little Lake. Jennifer Jones is anticipated to be the invited panelist for the LSCCF offering her pro view on aeration.

    The rules / outline will be run by Gary so he is comfortable with the format.

    Board ok with the format to move forward to set a date for the meeting between the two groups. Have time to get comfortable with the technology and how to use it. Send a copy to Misha and establish who can attend. Hopefully get a meeting slated for late July / early August.

    MJ meeting with Oliver Pierson, who is the new Lakes and Ponds manager. Discuss the funding and the AIS grant. See if the money is approved for distribution. Hilary has not heard and is too late to receive the money for the DASH and Greeters programs. Oliver wants mtg for storm water action plan and that is an important piece for future funding. Talk about dates for meeting, will be an hour long and will take Q&A.

    Storm Water Action Plan: funding for AIS money could go elsewhere. Oliver oversees Misha and Hilary’s funding.

    Oliver to be invited to the LSCA July meeting. Meet with him beforehand. Hope to set it up for Saturday, July 25th before our Board meeting.

    Discussion for the Annual Virtual Meeting: voting issues, two-week advance notice for additions to the Slate of Trustees.

    Bob discussed the incumbents’ as the Slate of candidates. Ed posted candidates for trustees to vote for and to contact Board if interested in running for the open slot. Jim, there is one position to be filled.

    Hillary joined the meeting at 9:00. She discussed the storm water projects and wants Oliver to know the Action Plan is already in place and has received approval for 6 projects. Applying for funding to implement these projects. She itemized each project, the perspective plans and map, and the project design and the rationale behind each project.

    Ferncliff Road- water crosses Rt. 30. There is instability and erosion into the Lily Pond. Goal to stabilize the area.

    Ferncliff Road - Visible from the road, drainage from the yard, step pools (Dan Collins) before get to the Lake. Collects water from driveways, drainages from culverts on properties at Pope’s property.

    State boat launch- wetlands coordinating with Fish & Wildlife. Design infiltration system in the parking area.,

    Wells’ Town Park - erosion on properties to re-route the water at the entrance road to the Park. Collaborate with the Town as building a pavilion in the Park. Needs permits due to wetlands.

    Lake Luccidian - sediment floods the road.

    Quinn Cove - recreating drainage

    Discussion of timeline for these 6 projects. Hope to accomplish all this summer; might have to wait on some for next year. Bob W. discussed the stormwater runoffs from the Butternut Hill Road from the condos and Gem Way.

    Business Meeting began at 9:21

    1. Secretary's Report: Minutes as presented, motion to approve the Minutes from May 23, 2020. Frank made motion, Second by Jeff. Any discussion? Vote all in favor? Opposed? Minutes from May 23, 2020 accepted.
    2. Treasures’ Report: Current as of this date, June 27, 2020. Jim asked if the funds were available to pay the herbicide treatment invoice for $17,000.00. Questions. Motion to accept the Treasures’ Report as presented. Motion made by Frank, Second by MJ, Vote all in favor? Opposed? Accepted the June 27, 2020 treasures’ report.
    3. DASH - Jeff recap of the ten sites that will be treated by DASH team. ProcellaCOR treatment took place on June 24, 2020. Discussion about the possibility to treat the LL next year, $32,000 for largest allowable treatment area of 40%. Would work to garner support for the treatment from LL folks including contributions. Frank: discussion about the weeds getting worse, Little Lake residents question why the LSCA doesn’t do anything to help. Jeff: addressing milfoil problem helps the entire Lake system.DASH - educate the whole community to help with milfoil. Discussion DASH team out on Lake today, first day out and Jerremy posted to remind boaters to give the team a wide berth for safety.
    4. Greeter Program - written report submitted by Martha Hicks Pofit - Pollution Grant. Can’t meet face to face as a result of the COVID virus. Lake Wise projects to do. Stormwater Projects. Oliver meeting. AIS - and loss of funding. State Park - Greeters Program - establish a pilot program. Jeff discussion as to the deliverables- evaluate change. DASH to do work in the Channel. Greeters - John will know when the team is in the area. List of Fishing tournaments. Motion to accept the written report, MH made a motion, Second by Frank. Motion passed to allocate $2,000 for pilot program at State Park for Greeter Program. 1,800 boats launched there each season. All to accept the motion - all in favor - any opposed - Motion approved.
    5. Publicity - Jerremy - Membership to date have 305 paid members. Posting reminders, at the end of last year had 350 paid members. Always trying to increase the membership. Working on the Fall newsletter. Lots of information regarding the work being done and how we are trying to reconnect with the LL.
    6. Safety - Frank- Markers for the Lake; need 3 more buoys; Forest House Bay, Channel, and entrance to the North Bay. Boat safety course may be held this year, only allowing a small number of attendees.
    7. Nominating Committee - Bob - discussion about lake resident serving on both the LSCA and LSCCF boards as a joint member. Ed raised the concern of a conflict of interest if a board member served on both boards. - would be competing for the same funding, and from the same municipalities. It was agreed that there is a conflict of interest to serving both on boards, funding issues and policies/philosophies. Jerremy to inform interested property owner.
    8. Boat Parade - Kemi - unfortunately she was muted from the meeting so Jerremy reported for the Boat Parade. To date 9 boats registered. New guidelines to follow. No judges stand, no prizes to be awarded. Same format for the route, 4 theme categories, and this year pictures will be posted and a virtual vote will be held.
    9. Annual Meeting is set up for July 25, 2020 and will be a virtual meeting. Will update our slideshow from last year with up to date information. There will be a slide show, it will be recorded and posted for viewers to watch on their own time, the meeting will be posted on YouTube, FB and our website. Questions will be solicited from membership and they will be answered in Q&A time during the presentation. The Slate of candidates will be posted and a voting procedure will be established. List of all events taking place on LSC will be posted. Jerremy working on the procedure to manage the virtual meeting. Ed reminded the Board of the by-laws with a to do list to check and follow the correct protocol. Bob discussed the concern for members only able to vote.

    Old Business - Fireworks discussed. Will look into this and confirm date and time. Slated for July 3, 2020 late in the evening.

    New Business - Frank has a 3D carving of the LSC map. Charlie Holcomb makes them. Possible item for a fundraising/raffle prize. Bob discussed concern for the confusion of the 911 numbers for the Lake. MJ stated that the municipalities are responsible to update the addresses and numbers. MJ reported that the heat wave and weather conditions caused a cyanobacteria bloom. People and animals should stay out of water when occurring. Jerremy reported on a SOLitude webinar.

    A motion to adjourn the meeting was requested. Frank made a motion to adjourn the meeting Second by Jim, All in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 10:33 Saturday, June 27, 2020.

    Minutes respectfully submitted by the recording Secretary, Kemi McShane Bostock

  • 3 Jul 2020 8:19 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC!

    Well, we've all been through a tough Spring... Summer is here, and things are still uncertain as we have so many things to be worried and concerned about.

    While all these concerns will still be with us after this weekend, hopefully we can all take a break and spend some time having fun as we celebrate Independence Day.

    On Friday, July 3rd, lake residents Rick Roberts and Jack Williams will be putting on a fireworks display set to music. Rumor has it that they will be launching 1 hour's worth of fireworks in 30 minutes. The barge is set up on the east side of the lake, off of Cones Point by Route 30:

    Thank you to Rick and Jack for their efforts!

    Then on Saturday, July 4th, starting at 1 PM in Forest House Bay, the 8th Annual LSCA Boat Parade will make its way around the lake.

    There is still time to register your boat if you'd like to participate - email us at info@lakestcatherine.org to register and get a boat number.

    There will be some important changes this year due to the current COVID-19 situation:

    1. There will be no prizes this year. With our local businesses working as hard as they can to stay open, we will not be asking for prize donations and sponsors this year. Instead, we ask that you do your best to support our sponsors from last year. They are:

    Our 2019 sponsors:

    Our winners will of course receive bragging rights for the rest of the season :)

    2. We will not have judging stations for safety reasons. However, we will take photos of every boat, and we will post them online for the entire lake to vote on in an easy to use voting survey. We'll set a time range to cast your votes, and we'll announce the winners for each category that evening. Stay tuned for more details on how to vote on Saturday which we posted here on our website and on our Facebook page.

    Parade route:

    Please have a fun and safe 4th of July weekend at Lake St. Catherine. Be well, be kind, and be considerate of others on the lake.

    Thank you.

    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.

  • 27 Jun 2020 5:31 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    The Lake St. Catherine Association's 2020 diver assisted suction harvesting (DASH) program to control milfoil in 10 areas on the lake is underway!

    After our successful milfoil treatment of 3 areas with ProcellaCOR on Wednesday, June 24th, our DASH team was ready to get to work on their part of our milfoil control program:

    Owen reports that they have already finished location D, and are currently working at location K (DASH areas are highlighted in green):

    You will see them working for the remainder of the summer. Please be sure to give them room so they can work safely!

    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.

  • 19 Jun 2020 5:33 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    On Thursday, June 18th, Cyanobacteria was found in the channel leading from Halls Bay.

    The orange arrow below indicates the approximate location of the Cyanobacteria. Small spots were also seen south of that location in Halls Bay channel.

    Here is a photo of the Cyanobacteria bloom - it looks like light blue paint on top of the water:

    This bloom has since dissipated, but please be aware that small spots were still visible in Halls Bay channel.

    Please keep pets and children out of the water in the channel.

    As was the case in 2018, the conditions were perfect for it to bloom there: lack of rain, temperature, water depth and lack of water movement.

    Additional information from the Vermont Department Of Health on Cyanobacteria can be read here: "CYANOBACTERIA (BLUE-GREEN ALGAE)". Please let us know immediately if you spot some.

    From Vermont DEC:

    "So long as there is visible cyanobacteria in the water, both in the inlet stream and anywhere along the lake shore where it empties into St. Catherine proper, everyone should be avoiding contact with them. Pets are also vulnerable, so owners should be keeping their pets out as well.

    It is difficult to predict how long the bloom might persist in the stream. Lake surface blooms typically dissipate when wind and waves thoroughly stir the water. They can last for a matter of hours or for several days or weeks, depending on the conditions. Blooms in streams typically are moved out by increased flow. It doesn’t sound like you received much rain as a result of the storms earlier this week, so this bloom may persist until there is more water movement."

    We will keep you informed with any updates. If you have any questions, please contact us: info@lakestcatherine.org.

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