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Lake St. Catherine Conservation Fund 

Little Lake Milfoil Control - 3 Year Plan

INTRODUCTION

Hello to everyone in the Lake St. Catherine Community. We have some exciting news to share with you and a request for your help!

Over the past year, the Lake St. Catherine Conservation Fund (LSCCF) and Lake St. Catherine Association (LSCA) have been working together to discuss the best ways to mitigate the persistent and intensifying problem caused by an invasive weed - Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM, milfoil) - found throughout the lake, but especially in Little Lake. EWM significantly degrades the natural habitat of our lake and impacts accustomed uses of boating, swimming, fishing and other activities.

BACKGROUND

Last fall, we announced that our two organizations will work together in 2021 and beyond to treat the Little Lake with a new herbicide that has shown excellent results in reducing EWM here and in many other lakes around the country. For the past two years, the LSCA has been using this new, highly targeted herbicide called ProcellaCOR in the Lily Pond and the Big Lake with excellent results. Currently, there is less milfoil in our control areas than at any time since at least 2006. In 2021, the LSCA will primarily rely on the diver assisted suction harvesting (DASH) program to address small areas of milfoil in our current control areas. At the same time, the LSCCF will continue its harvesting program to maintain navigational channels throughout Little Lake.

THE PLAN

Although this plan is focused on Little Lake, it will be a benefit to the whole of Lake St. Catherine, and we hope to receive contributions from everyone who cares about LSC. Our mutual goal is to get Lake St. Catherine as close to EWM-free as is possible in the next few seasons. EWM spreads quickly, re-roots easily and is carried across our lake by boat props, water currents and other means. No area in the lake is immune from EWM when another area suffers from it. Working in concert with the DEC, we have developed a 3-year treatment plan to gain control over the milfoil throughout the Little Lake. At this juncture, the DEC allows a maximum of 40% of Little Lake to be treated in any one calendar year. Working with lake management contractor SOLitude Lake Management and the DEC, in year one, we have selected the northern third of the Little Lake and the complete east and west shorelines to the southern end of Little Lake as the best parts of the lake to treat in 2021 for the greatest reduction of milfoil. This creates an 'M' shape, as depicted in the image to the right. After evaluation of effectiveness, we'll formulate a plan for 2022, and if necessary, 2023.

We are tentatively scheduled to treat the lake on Tuesday, June 22nd. More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the date.

LAKE WISE

Another program the LSCA and the LSCCF will be working on together this year is Lake Wise. The Lake Wise Program was developed by Vermont’s Lakes and Ponds Program to help and encourage lakeshore owners to make their property lake-friendly by keeping pollution, sediments, phosphorus, and nitrogen carried by stormwater runoff out of the lake. Our goal is to both educate and help property owners make their shorelines beautiful and lake-friendly.

Over the past 3 years, the Lake Wise Program has worked with camp owners to improve many Lake St. Catherine properties. So far, 12 of these Lake St. Catherine properties have earned the Lake Wise Award. We're working to increase this number every year.

We'd like to have 10 Little Lake property owners participate in Lake Wise this year. There is no cost to participate. Through a grant earned through the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), we have funds to help property owners with plantings and other stormwater mitigation projects. Let us know you'd like to participate by emailing us at: info@lakestcatherine.org.  

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  1. Donate to the cause: First, we need your financial assistance. The three-year program to treat Little Lake could potentially cost up to $90,000, and $36,000 specifically in 2021.

    The LSCA and LSCCF have pledged to each fund a third of the cost for a total of $24,000 in year 1, and the fundraising goal for 2021 has been reached and exceeded, meaning year 1 is fully funded. We currently have over $5,000 collected which will contribute to year 2, and we will continue to fundraise throughout the season.

    Any donation is welcome. You can make a donation below, and also come back to this page at any time to see the progress towards our goal. If you'd prefer to make a donation by check, please make it out to the Lake St. Catherine Association and send it to LSCA Treasurer, Elaine Bagley at 48 West Mountain Road, Bernardston MA, 01337. Please also include a note that the donation is for the Little Lake Milfoil Control Plan. Donations made are tax deductible. We also encourage you to check with your employer - many employers have a matching program for charitable contributions would could double your donation!

  2. Become a Member of LSCCF and the LSCA: Both of our groups rely on membership dues to fund lake management programs each season. LCSA: Become A Member, LSCCF: Join Us!

  3. Get Involved: There is much that every homeowner and area resident can do to help the Lake – from stormwater management on your property (consider having the Lake Wise team come to your property), to milfoil collection from your dock, on your shorefront, or off your boat prop. If we are all working together to remove milfoil from the lake, we can collectively make a significant difference by limiting the milfoil's ability to spread.

  4. Learn More: The LSCA and LSCCF held a Zoom Webinar Meeting on March 24th at 7 PM. Representatives from both groups gave a short presentation about our plans, and we answered attendee's questions. This session was recorded and you can view it below:

Thank you again for all your support in the past and consideration for the future!

Please reach out and share your thoughts, questions, or comments to the LSCCF: contact@lakematters.com or the LSCA: info@lakestcatherine.org.

DONATION GOAL

With the LSCA contributing $12,000 and the LSCCF contributing $12,000, we will be working to collect donations from the lake community of at least $12,000 to fully fund the costs for year 1.

Donations collected over and above $12,000 this year will be saved and used to help fund the plan in year 2.

3/24/21 UPDATE:

We have hit our $12,000 goal for Year 1 in just over a week!

We have applied the funds collected over the Year 1 goal to start funding Year 2.

We will continue to fundraise throughout the 2021 season. 

YEAR 1

100%
Goal:
$12,000.00
Collected:
$12,000.00

YEAR 2

14%
Goal:
$36,000.00
Collected:
$5,200.00

The LSCA and LSCCF have not yet committed to specific contribution levels from each association toward the projected $36K annual program cost for 2022 pending each group's budget review.


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PROJECT UPDATES

6/19/21

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.

Little Lake Meeting 2021

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.

  1. 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.
  2. PLEASE don’t drive through milfoil patches with your boat which will create fragments. Fragments can easily seed new plants.
  3. If you do have milfoil on your prop, don’t just reverse and drive away, please remove it from the lake.
  4. If you have milfoil growing in your dock or swimming area, pull it out by the roots and remove it from the lake.
  5. If you see milfoil floating anywhere in the lake, near your dock, or along your shoreline, remove it from the lake.
  6. Obey boating regulations by travelling at no-wake, 5 MPH speeds within 200’ of the shoreline and marked areas.

Little Lake Specific Best Practices For 2021

Little Lake Navigation Map 2021Little Lake Treatment Map 2021

  1. We ask that you voluntarily avoid boating through the untreated and unharvested area of section H.
  2. Please use the navigation channels that will be created by the combination of the treatment and harvesting - indicated by the green arrows in the image on the left.
  3. Throughout the summer, in addition to maintaining the navigational channels, the LSCCF’s harvesting crew will also be working diligently from the bridge south to collect floating milfoil




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!

LIST OF DONORS

 Donor Date Amount  Donor Date Amount
Ellen and Edward Laird
West Lake Road
4/6/21$250 Elliott Rosen
Lochlea Lane
4/2/21 $200
Wyldwood Lodge
West Lake Road
3/27/21$100 Henry Sperry
North Street
4/3/21

$100

Jeffrey and Lena Crandall
West Lake Road
3/27/21$250 William and Sarah Hadden
Cold Spring Lane
3/27/21$150
David & Eunice Conine
Cones Point Road
3/22/21$1,000 Anonymous3/24/21$5,000

Winfield & Susan Hubley
West Lake Road

3/15/21 $100 

Anthony & Rita Ingrisano
Cones Point Road

3/17/21$100
Carol Higgins
Grace Wood Way
3/16/21$200 Mary Jo & Mark Teetor3/17/21$100
Gary and Karen Melen
Little Lake North
3/15/21$200 Kenneth & Erin Zuidervliet
Ranny Road
3/16/21$150
Dean and Lauren D'Onofrio
Cones Point
3/15/21$100 Jenny and Rali Weaver
West Lake Road
3/15/21$100
Frank Pepe
Cones Point
3/15/21$100 Michael and Karla Dendor
Clayton Tract
3/15/21$500
Richard Sammartano
Ferncliff Road
3/15/21$125 Art and Sandi Michels
Grace Wood Way
3/15/21$500
Anonymous3/15/21$500 Lütz-Nelson
Lake House at Catherine Capers
3/15/21$500
Richard Young
Channel Drive
3/14/21 $250 Steven and Marcia Turcina
Cones Point
3/14/21$100
Bill Harrison
Parker Lane
3/14/21$100 Kelly Copeland & Scott Dorf
West Lake Road
3/14/21$500
Leigh & Kathy Bantly
Bert's Nest Road
3/14/21 $100 Jeff & China Somple
Clayton Tract
3/14/21$1,000
Anonymous3/14/21$100 Paul and Shannon Rangecroft
Cones Point
3/14/21$250
John Conte & Margaret Donovan
West Lake Road
3/14/21$125 Elida Jensen
North Street
3/14/21$300
Gerard and Jacqueline Riso
Clayton Tract
3/14/21$300 In Memory of Donald F. Adams3/14/21$100
Anonymous3/14/21$100 Shannon and Megan Schneeman
Little Lake North
3/14/21$100
John and Julie Belnavis
West Lake Road
3/12/21$100 

Alan and Marsha Wayler
West Lake Road

3/14/21$150
Sue Ritchie
Channel Drive
3/8/21$400 Tina and Bob Peterson
Little Lake East
3/8/21$500
Michael and Carmella Marine
Channel Drive
3/5/21$500 Frank Callahan
Clayton Tract
3/6/21$100
Robin Barley
Little Lake East
3/4/21$250 James & Karen Canders
West Lake Road
3/4/21$350
Jerremy Jones & Carrie Armenio
Cones Point Road
3/2/21$250 Elaine & Peter Bagley
Bert's Nest Road
3/2/21$100
Martha Pofit
West Lake Road
2/28/21$250 Joanne & Rick Newell
Little Lake East
3/1/21$500

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