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  • 21 May 2022 9:16 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Each season, the LSCA offers FREE safe boating courses to help boaters satisfy the requirements by the state of Vermont. All boaters born after January 1st, 1974, must be certified to operate a power boat in Vermont waters. The certificate received by passing this class is good in all 50 states. This year, we are offering 3 classes, all are from 4:30 - 8:30:

    • June 22 & 23, Poultney Fire Department

    • June 27 & 28, Wells Village School

    • July 5 & 6, Mettawee Community School

    To register, please call LSC Boating Safety Chair Frank Callahan at 802-645-9136.

    Classes are limited to 25 participants per class, and lesson materials are for 6th grade and above reading levels.

  • 20 May 2022 9:30 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC.

    We’d like to take some time to talk about Eurasian watermilfoil (milfoil, EWM, Myriophyllum spicatum) - what it is, what it does when introduced into a lake, and why we work to control it in Lake St. Catherine. We’ll also detail our Milfoil Control Program for the 2022 season.

    > What is milfoil?

    Eurasian watermilfoil is not native to North America but originates from Europe, Asia and northern Africa. As an aquatic invasive species (AIS) to this continent, Eurasian watermilfoil has no natural controls (insects, bacteria, fungi) to keep its growth in check. Milfoil stems can reach the surface in up to 20 feet of water, growing up from the lake bottom each year from a fibrous root system. Milfoil grows and spreads extremely quickly, forming dense surface mats.

    Eurasian Watermilfoil

    Milfoil reproduces by the breaking off of fragments which can drift away, sink, develop roots, and grow into plants. A fragment just a few inches long is capable of starting a new plant. This fragmentation occurs both naturally and as a result of human activity. Within a lake, wind and waves may break plants loose, allowing them to drift into new locations and root. Boating activity through milfoil beds also contributes to the fragmenting and spread of milfoil plants.

    Milfoil was introduced into Lake St. Catherine in the early 1970s, and it quickly spread around the lake. With milfoil increasingly becoming an issue, in 1979, the LSCA purchased a mechanical harvesting machine (many lake old-timers will remember “Hungry Harvey”). This was the only form of milfoil “control” at the time. After many years of using harvesting machines, it was determined that the cutting of the milfoil was actually contributing to its spread around the lake because of the fragmentation created, and other control options were explored.

    > What impact does milfoil have on a lake, and why does it need to be controlled?

    From USGS.gov:

    “Eurasian water-milfoil competes aggressively to displace and reduce the diversity of native aquatic plants. It elongates from shoots initiated in the fall, beginning spring growth earlier than other aquatic plants. Tolerant of low water temperatures, it quickly grows to the surface, forming dense canopies that overtop and shade the surrounding vegetation (Madsen et al. 1991). Canopy formation and light reduction, are significant factors in the decline of native plant abundance and diversity observed when Eurasian water-milfoil invades healthy plant communities (Smith and Barko 1990; Madsen 1994).”

    From the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), milfoil can:
    • Decrease native plant diversity by out-competing native aquatic plants
    • Decrease light penetration, habitat complexity and oxygenation
    • Increase sedimentation, nutrient loading, and accelerate eutrophication
    • Affect PH and temperature levels

    When milfoil was introduced into Lake St. Catherine, it quickly spread throughout the littoral zone of the lake (the area of the lake that supports rooted aquatic vegetation), out-competing our native plants, and impacting the health of the lake.

    Here are some images from Little Lake taken in early June of last year. Because of its shallow depth, the whole of Little Lake is a littoral zone. You can see how dense the milfoil can grow, and how it had taken over Little Lake:

    Milfoil in Little Lake - June 2021

    Milfoil in Little Lake - June 2021

    > What does the Lake St. Catherine Association do to control milfoil?

    The LSCA’s Milfoil Control Program consists of four components:

    • ‘Stop The Spread’ education and outreach. Our ‘Stop The Spread’ campaign educates boaters and property owners on best practices to limit the spread of milfoil.
    • Volunteer milfoil cleanup. Throughout the season, we organize volunteers to collect floating milfoil from the lake and deposit it at designated drop off points. The milfoil is then picked up from the points and disposed of. We also encourage boaters and property owners to remove any milfoil they see in the lake.
    • DASH - Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting. Our DASH crew hand-pulls milfoil by the roots from the lakebed which is then suctioned up through a tube to a catch table on a boat. Milfoil is then placed in 17.5 gallon buckets for transport.
    • Herbicide spot treatments with ProcellaCOR EC. In order to maximize our DASH crew’s time, effectiveness, and amount of acres covered, one of our control methods includes spot treatments of the herbicide ProcellaCOR EC.

    These efforts have resulted in the lowest percent of milfoil cover and frequency of occurrence at our 199 GPS data points in the lake since the mid-2000s. Also, and just as importantly, we have seen many species of our native aquatic plants like Water stargrass, Tape grass, Thin-leaf pondweed, Illinois pondweed, Common waterweed, and Robbins’ pondweed have all increased in frequency of occurrence at the data points.

    This is exactly what we want to see!

    Lake St. Catherine has over 30 native aquatic plants which are important and necessary to sustain a healthy lake ecology. Our efforts are focused on reducing the amount of milfoil in the lake so that these native aquatic plants can grow as they normally would. Keeping milfoil under control is helping to return the aquatic plant environment to conditions before milfoil was introduced in the 1970s. Because of our milfoil control efforts, we again have a complex and diverse native plant community.

    It’s also important to note that our Boat Launch Greeter Program is a crucial part of invasive species prevention. Although we already have milfoil in Lake St. Catherine, other Vermont lakes do not. Our Greeters who are on duty at the Boat Launch in Wells, and the State Park in Poultney, check the boats and trailers to make sure they do not have milfoil on them when they leave. They also check boats and trailers entering the lake for other invasive species like zebra mussels, spiny waterflea, asian clams, and water chestnut which are only a lake away from LSC.

    > What specifically will the Lake St. Catherine Association do this year to control milfoil?

    We’ll start off the season with our educational “Stop The Spread” campaign, including some best practices specifically for Little Lake.

    This is a list of our best practices to top the spread of milfoil:

    • As a general rule, get as much milfoil out of the lake as possible. Let it dry out on land and dispose of it as you would yard waste.
    • Don’t drive through milfoil patches with your boat which will create fragments.
    • If you have milfoil on your prop, don’t just reverse and drive away, please remove it from the lake.
    • If you have milfoil growing in your dock or swimming area, pull it out by the roots and remove it from the lake.
    • If you see milfoil floating anywhere in the lake, near your dock, or along your shoreline, remove it from the lake.
    • Obey boating regulations by traveling at no-wake, 5 MPH speeds within 200’ of the shoreline.

    Stop The Spread of Milfoil on Lake St. Catherine - 2022

    Stop The Spread of Milfoil on Lake St. Catherine - 2022

    On Sunday, June 5th at the Wells Lakeside Park, the LSCA and LSCCF will have our Milfoil Cleanup Community Day kickoff. We’ll get together to talk about the Milfoil Control Program, and then head out on the lake and get to work. We’ll all head out onto the lake in kayaks, boats, canoes, and SUPs to scoop up floating milfoil and other detached plants and place them on the drop off float that will be set up in the Channel south of the bridge. At the end of the day, we’ll collect the milfoil from the float and dispose of it. The drop off float will stay in place after the Clean Up Day kickoff so volunteers can continue to remove milfoil from the lake for the rest of the season.

    Milfoil Cleanup Community Day 2022

    Next, on Monday, June 20th, 3 areas on the lake will be treated with ProcellaCOR EC. Please see the advisory:

    2022 Lake St. Catherine ProcellaCOR treatment notice

    On May 16th, biologists from SOLitude Lake Management and a member of our DASH team performed a milfoil survey. A comprehensive two day aquatic plant survey had been previously performed in late September 2021. Areas to be treated with ProcellaCOR and areas to be addressed with DASH have been identified, and a map showing these locations is attached below. There will be 3 spot treatments of ProcellaCOR totaling approximately 44 acres.

    During and after the treatment, please be aware of the following lake water use restriction recommendations:

    • No use of Lake St. Catherine waters and water from the outlet stream FOR ANY PURPOSE including boating, fishing, swimming, domestic (household) use or irrigation, the day of treatment on:

    Monday, June 20, 2022, beginning at 12 PM

    • Swimming/wading, boating, fishing and domestic (household) use may resume on:

    Tuesday, June 21, 2022, beginning at 12 PM

    • USE of water from Lake St. Catherine FOR IRRIGATION PURPOSES including for watering lawns, trees, or other plants may resume on:

    Monday, June 27, 2022, beginning at 12 PM or earlier based on sampling results


    LSCA Permit Application
    Draft Permit
    SePRO ProcellaCOR® EC Specimen Label
    SePRO ProcellaCOR® EC Safety Data Sheet

    The treatment will be funded by the remaining funds from last year’s fundraiser, and an equal contribution from the LSCA and LSCCF.

    Then, beginning on July 1st, our DASH team will begin hand pulling milfoil by the roots from the lakebed and using a suction tube to deposit the milfoil into a catch basin on their boat for removal from the lake. Our DASH team will work throughout the summer at 11 locations totaling approximately 75 acres.

    Lake St. Catherine Association's DASH Team

    Here is the full management map for 2022 showing our DASH areas (green) and the spot treatment areas (red):

    2022 Lake St. Catherine Milfoil Management Map

    We are happy to report that we have received a $21,910 grant from the Vermont Department Of Environmental Conservation as part of their Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-In-Aid Program (ANC). Funding for the ANC Grant-in-Aid grants comes from a portion of annual revenues from motorboat registration fees and federal funds.

    These funds will help to partially fund both our Greeter Program and our DASH team this season.

    > In Summary

    The four components of our Milfoil Control Program have been very successful in both keeping the milfoil in check, and in allowing our native aquatic plants to thrive - creating a healthy ecosystem for LSC’s fish and wildlife, and a beautiful lake for all of us to enjoy.

    You can read more about the LSCA working on numerous other water quality projects this year, and over the next several years, in our posting: “A Big Year For Lake St. Catherine”. This posting outlines our work on the LSC Stormwater Master Plan, the Lake Wise Program, the LSC Watershed Action Plan, and current and future water testing and measurement programs. These projects are being funded by grants totaling over $100,000, earned from the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), and will lead to water quality improvements for Lake St. Catherine, and additional clean water funding for future projects.

    The LSCA has always employed evidenced-based decision making when evaluating lake related issues, and we continue to do so with our Milfoil Control Program. Working with the State and lake scientists & experts, following the science and the data, and evaluating the results of our efforts show that we are doing the right things for the long-term health of Lake St. Catherine.

    To our members, and all who love Lake St. Catherine, if you ever have any questions or concerns, reach out to us. We would be happy to discuss our Milfoil Control Program or any other lake related topic with you so we can address your questions or concerns, and provide you with factual information. Or contact us, and we’ll set up a Dockside Chat, and a LSCA Trustee will swing by your dock for a chat about the lake.

    You can always reach us at info@lakestcatherine.org.

    We hope you all have a wonderful summer at the lake!

    Thank you for your support of the LSCA.

  • 5 May 2022 12:09 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Good afternoon LSC. 

    We are happy to report that we have received a $21,910 grant from the Vermont Department Of Environmental Conservation as part of their Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-In-Aid Program (ANC). Funding for the ANC Grant-in-Aid grants comes from a portion of annual revenues from motorboat registration fees and federal funds. 

    These funds will be used to help support our Greeter Program, and our Milfoil Control Program.

    Greeter Program:

    Our Greeters are hard working young adults who have been trained to identify aquatic invasive species (AIS) 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.

    Their duties include:

    • Approaching and interacting with boaters
    • Inspecting watercraft
    • Identifying and handling suspicious specimens
    • Collecting and reporting data
    • Distributing educational material on aquatic invasive species

    Our Greeters are checking for many invasive species that are just a lake or two away from us. These invasives include zebra mussels, spiny waterflea, asian clams, water chestnuts and starry stonewort:

    For reference, check out the Vermont DEC's "Gallery Of Invaders" for photos and descriptions of the aquatic invasive species that are currently found in Vermont and those threatening it.

    Our Greeters are on duty at the Boat Launch in Wells and the State Park in Poultney from Memorial Day through Labor Day - working on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They also cover holidays and fishing tournaments. 

    Milfoil Control Program:

    This grant will also support our Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) team.

    Our DASH team will begin working on July 1st, and you’ll see them working throughout the summer. 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.

    This past season, 146 buckets (17.5 gallon) were harvested. The DASH crew picked up an additional 21 buckets (not included in the 146 total) as part of the Community Day cleanup in the Channel & Little Lake back in July.

    Here is a quick video of the guys hand-pulling milfoil:

    Thank you to the Vermont DEC for their support of Lake St. Catherine!

  • 4 May 2022 8:00 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC - we have a great event to tell you about.

    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!

    Vermont Invasive Patroller Paddle Survey Training: Tuesday, August 9th from 10 AM - 1 PM.

    Vermont Invasive Patrollers

    Please join us and Vermont Lakes & Ponds Program staff at this free paddle session offered to train Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIPS) to monitor lakes and ponds for invasive species, survey healthy native plant populations, and reduce the threat for invasive plant species introductions. 

    You can read more about the VIP program here.

    Early detection is vital to protecting Lake St. Catherine from harmful invasive plants and animals. Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIPs) monitor water bodies for new introductions of invasive species and report their findings to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

    If attending this paddle session, you must provide your own watercraft and other on-the-water equipment.

    Registration is now open!

    Click here to register.

    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 aquatic invasive species (AIS) like spiny water flea, asian clams, zebra mussels, and other invasive plants and animals that are only a lake away from LSC. They will be on duty beginning on Memorial Day weekend.

    We hope you'll join us on the paddle!

    If you have any questions, please email us at info@lakestcatherine.org.

  • 1 May 2022 11:05 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Good morning LSC.

    Last summer, Gina from the Wells Village Library reached out to the LSCA and LSCCF to discuss organizing a 'Libraries Love Lakes' event for Lake St. Catherine.

    Libraries Love Lakes is an outreach project which pairs school and public libraries with lake scientists to provide collaborative programming emphasizing the importance of lakes in our everyday lives.

    To help fund this exciting event, the LSCA applied for an Education & Outreach grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), which we learned that we had earned earlier this year. Thank you LCBP!

    Work has begun on on this event, which will take place on Sunday, July 3rd at 10 AM at the Wells Lakeside Park.

    This family friendly event will include fun activities, presentations, and boat tours related to all aspects of the lake. Children will receive lake themed kits containing books, and science & creative activities for the day.

    After the event, the educational opportunities will continue at the Wells Village Library. Gina has dedicated a section of the library to Lake St. Catherine with pertinent information and activities to further advance lake-related learning. Gina has identified a wide variety of lake-related materials to launch this section of the library which we will be able to purchase via the grant.

    Books & activities for the event kits and the library section have started to arrive, and Gina has started to prepare for the new section of the library, the "Lake St. Catherine Collection".

    We are all very excited for this event!

    Once all the final details are set, we'll let you know all about this fun day at the lake and how to participate.

    So, mark your calendar for Sunday, July 3rd for Libraries Love Lakes @ Lake St. Catherine.

  • 26 Apr 2022 8:15 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC,

    Lake St. Catherine Country Club LogoThe Lake St. Catherine Country Club has been a Business Sponsor of the LSCA for many years. We thank them (and all of our Business Sponsors which you can see here) for their continued support!

    The LSC CC recently reached out to us to let us know about a discount they will be offering current members of the LSCA this season.

    LSCA members who present their LSCA Membership Card will be eligible for:

    • 10% discount off daily rates
    • Cart rental at membership rates: $12 for 9 holes, $20 for 18 holes

    Thank you to the Lake St. Catherine Country Club for offering this discount to LSCA members!

    There are 2 ways you can show your current LSCA membership to the LSC CC. You can either show them your digital membership card on your phone, or print out your membership card from our website, here's how:

    Digital Membership Card On Your Phone

    The LSCA website has a companion app that you can download for your iOS or Android based phone or tablet. The app is named for the company that hosts our website, Wild Apricot. The app is called 'Wild Apricot For Members' and you can find it in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

    After installing it on your device, you can log in with the username and password you use for the LSCA website. In the app, you'll be able to view and search the Membership Directory, make edits to your member profile, view upcoming events, renew your membership, and view your digital membership card.

    Right on the main screen of the app is blue button labeled "MY CARD". Clicking on this button will show your digital membership card, and it will list your renewal date. Current members will show that the renewal date is "1 Jan 2023".

    Printing Your Membership Card

    To print a copy of your membership card, log into your account on the LSCA website, and you will be taken to your membership profile page. Here you will see a copy of your membership card and a link to download a PDF copy that you can print. If you are already logged into your account, just click on the "MEMBERSHIP PROFILE" page listed under the "MEMBERSHIP" heading at the top of the screen.

    If you have issues with either method, please let us know so we can help you out.

    Thank you to all our members, and to the Lake St. Catherine Country Club for offering them this discount.

    Thank you for your support of the LSCA!

  • 9 Apr 2022 9:33 AM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC and residents of Wells & Poultney,

    Saturday, May 7th is Green Up Vermont Day, 4 weeks from today.

    Green Up Vermont is a state-wide volunteer cleanup day of Vermont's roads and waterways. 

    As Green Up Vermont's website says: 

    "We know it isn’t your litter but Vermont needs our help to be beautiful!"

    We had a GREAT turnout last year, covering almost every road around the lake. This year, we are looking to have all the roads covered, and also expand to cover more roads in Wells & Poultney.

    We'd like to thank the town of Wells for reaching out to partner on Green Up Vermont Day this year!

    We'd like to see if we can get folks around the lake to volunteer to clean up an area, and we'll do our best to coordinate the efforts so we all know what areas are covered, and which areas need volunteers.

    Bags are now available for pickup at the Wells & Poultney Town Halls.

    Also, we will be hosting a brief kickoff to the day at the Wells Lakeside Park at 8 AM that morning. Please stop in to pick up Green Up bags and fuel up on coffee and muffins from the Wells Country Store to get energized for the day! Please let us know if you'll be joining us so we can get a count.

    So, let us know if you'd like to participate and where you'll do your clean up, and we'll add your area to the map. We'll keep the map up-to-date on our Calendar, on the May 7th Green Up Vermont Day event. You can view that here: LSC Green Up Vermont Day Event.

    Email us at info@lakestcatherine.org, or contact us on Facebook to volunteer for an area - and we'll add you to the map.

    Let's all pitch in to get Lake St. Catherine ready for a great Summer! 

    Thank you.

    2022 Green Up Vermont On LSC and Wells & Poultney map:

    Green Up Vermont Day 2022

  • 8 Apr 2022 7:51 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC.

    Please join local partners for a kick-off meeting that describes how you can participate in local water quality planning.

    This virtual meeting is taking place on Wednesday, April 20th from 5:30 - 6:30.

    Angie Allen, a watershed planner with the state of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is presenting information about ongoing efforts and opportunities to participate in the basin planning process. Angie works in several watersheds in southern Vermont, but is focusing her talk on Basin 2 (Poultney Mettowee) and Basin 4 (tributaries that drain directly to South Lake Champlain). Basin 2 also contains Lake St Catherine, Lake Bomoseen, Lake Hortonia, Lake Beebe, Echo Lake, Sunrise and Sunset Lakes, Glenn Lake, and Burr Pond.

    From the DEC's Tactical Basin Planning StoryMap website, a tactical basin plan is:

    "Tactical Basin Plans (TBP) are strategic guidebooks for achieving watershed health. They identify surface waters that are in need of restoration and protection and outline a list of actions to achieve water quality goals. The plans also identify the partners and funding critical to implementing the actions."

    The basin planning process includes 5 major steps:

    1. Monitoring water quality
    2. Assessing and analyzing water quality data
    3. Identifying strategies and projects to protect and restore waters
    4. Seeking public comment and developing the plan
    5. Implementing and tracking plan priorities (which is ongoing throughout the planning cycle)

    Tactical Basin Planning Process

    The last South Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Plan was published in 2017 (you can view that here). Angie will be reviewing the action items in the 2017 plan to see if they were completed and if they were successful. As part of this process, she will update the 2022 plan with new water quality goals and tasks for landowners, residents, associations, and local partners to implement.

    The purpose of this kick-off meeting is to report on the status of surface waters in the watershed, share the overall planning timeline, and describe ways you can contribute and participate. In addition, there will be State program staff as well as Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District (PMNRCD) and Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC) staff online during the meeting to allow for a well-rounded discussion and to help answer questions.

    The Lake St. Catherine Association administers and partners on many effective water quality programs for the Lake St. Catherine watershed including: outreach and education on lake issues, water testingLake Wise, the LSC Stormwater Master Plan, Milfoil Control, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention, and the upcoming Lake St. Catherine Watershed Action Plan.

    As a shoreline homeowner, or someone who cares about Lake St. Catherine, your participation in this meeting is very much appreciated!

    So, please join us on Wednesday, April 20th from 5:30 - 6:30 PM for this virtual meeting hosted via Microsoft Teams. Please feel free to share this link with others!

    Meeting link: Southern Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Planning Meeting

  • 6 Apr 2022 12:51 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello good folks in the LSC community. Unfortunately, we have some sad news to report to you today.

    Long-time former Lake St. Catherine Association Trustee Harry Bingham has passed away.

    Sylvia and Harry Bingham win the first Lake Wise Award on Lake St. Catherine
    Harry & Sylvia receiving the first Lake Wise Award on LSC for their property

    You can read about Harry in his obituary appearing on the website of the funeral home here.

    We were informed of Harry's passing by his wife Sylvia, who wrote:

    "Of course I am greatly saddened with Harry's passing but I am also deeply grateful for the wondrous time Harry and I shared together. For forty-three years, he was my constant companion, support and adventuring buddy. Vacationing at Lake St. Catherine, on service projects or visiting friends and family, Harry's smile and warmth was a gift to us all. Though the light of his eyes has faded, his spirit lives on in the riches of family and friends that have been our life together.

    If you want to make a gift in Harry's honor, please send it to your favorite charity- Harry would trust your judgment and be happy to be remembered."

    LSCA President Jim Canders wanted to share these comments about Harry:

    "It is very sad news to hear of Harry's passing.

    He loved the lake and dedicated a great deal of time to work with the Board. Since Harry was an engineer his work was always very well organized.

    Harry chaired the Lake Safety committee and established the 'Buoy Buddies'. These were volunteers from around the lake who would assist Harry in building, maintaining, and placing the buoys and markers to insure that boaters were aware of underwater obstacles. Harry told me one time that when he looked out on the lake from his place in Horseshoe Bay, the three cones to the south toward Atwater Bay, reminded him of the term the 'Bermuda Triangle'. He mapped out the location of the buoys and markers and registered this information with the State.

    At the beginning of each season Harry contacted the State Police to lobby to have more frequent presence of Marine State Police on the lake during weekends through out the summer months. Since there were very few members of this special State Police Group, it was important to Harry to get his annual request in early. Harry was on a first name basis with the desk sergeant at the Rutland Barracks!

    He and Sylvia were always willing to lend a hand to help with the lake. We all thank Harry for his years of hard work and service to Lake St. Catherine. Our sincere condolences to Sylvia and her family."

    To send your condolences to Sylvia, her address is:

    1001 S. Valley Forge Road WBC 212
    Lansdale, PA 19446

  • 5 Apr 2022 12:08 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

    Hello LSC property owners. 

    We are gearing up for the 2022 Lake Wise Program around Lake St. Catherine - and we are looking for property owners to sign up to participate this season.

    In late January, we were informed by the Lake Champlain Basin Program that we had earned a grant in the amount of $24,970 for the 2022 Lake St. Catherine Lake Wise Program.

    Lake Wise is a program developed by Vermont’s Lakes and Ponds Program to recognize outstanding efforts by homeowners who live along a lakeshore to protect the water quality and habitat along the shoreline and within the near-shore area of the lake. Four categories are assessed: The driveway and parking area, the structure (which includes roof, drainage, and septic), the recreation area (the lawn/footprint of non-natural, high-use yard areas), and the shoreline buffer area.

    This year's project is entitled: “Creating a Critical Mass of Lake Stewards on Lake St. Catherine”, and will be implemented in partnership with the LSCA, the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District (PMNRCD) and new partner Castleton University.

    Stormwater has a widespread environmental impact which makes it a growing concern in Vermont and Lake St. Catherine. In a statewide effort, towns and local organizations are working to implement large scale projects to help clean stormwater before it enters water bodies. Work is being done from the headwaters all the way down to the stream outlets. Excess nutrients in the water contribute to problems which affect both human and wildlife health including; lower oxygen levels in the water, toxic algae blooms, and excessive plant growth.

    Shoreline property owners have the access and the ability to control what is happening directly at the lake's edge.

    The Liberatores win the Lake Wise Award for their property on Lake St. Catherine

    While small-scale improvements on individual properties may not seem like they have much impact, collectively the implementation of many small projects will have a positive benefit on the water quality in the lake and the surrounding watershed.

    In fact, after this season, Lake St. Catherine will be close earning the Gold Lake Wise Award. Lakes that have 15% of their lakeshore properties as participants in the Lake Wise Program will earn the Gold Lake Wise Award.

    Last year, Lake Wise focused on properties on Little Lake, and we had great participation and results. This year, we are focusing on "high impact properties". While all property owners on Lake St. Catherine are eligible to sign up for Lake Wise, this year, we are particularly looking for properties where Lake Wise could have a significant impact with the help of the program.

    If you have a property with any of the following characteristics - WE WANT YOU:

    • A large amount of shoreline frontage
    • Your lawn goes right down to the lake
    • You have large areas of non-permeable surfaces 
    • You're on the west side of the lake in zones of highest slope
    • You're the Channel and experiencing shoreline erosion
    • You live in zones where your neighbors are Lake Wise properties and can help us create entire Lake Wise neighborhoods

    Enroll this month in the Lake Wise Program to receive complementary services, which could include: native buffer plantings, rain gardens, infiltration steps, erosion help, and other stormwater mitigation interventions this summer. These efforts help us all protect the lake from excessive nutrients that run across your property and into the lake which fuel milfoil growth and affect water quality.

    Please contact us at info@lakestcatherine.org to sign up!

    Together, we can maintain the pristine nature of Lake St. Catherine for years to come. Thank you for your stewardship and commitment.


    The Board of Trustees of the Lake St. Catherine Association

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