Our Purpose

WHAT IS THE LAKE ST. CATHERINE ASSOCIATION (LSCA)?

It is everyone who cares about the lake and the surrounding areas. It is you, me, the family next door, the retired couple in the house down the road, it is the Towns of Wells and Poultney, and it is the Lake Champlain water basin.

WHAT DOES THE LSCA DO?

Here are some of the services that we provide: 

  • Maintain and purchase navigation and shore line protection bouys throughout the lake.
  • Test the water for E coli, and water clarity.
  • Managing the free boat-safety courses that are state mandated for all persons born after January 1, 1974.
  • Inspecting boats wishing to enter the lake for Eurasian milfoil, zebra mussels and water chestnuts.
  • Controlling milfoil (and other invasive species) and maintaining native weeds at tolerable levels.
  • Working with the state to solve the problems of silting and impacts of phosphorus and other sources of pollution.
  • Maintaining "welcome" signs and gardens.
  • Liaising with other lakes in order to exchange information concerning problems.
  • Sponsor the annual fun-filled July 4th Boat Parade.
  • Disseminate information to our membership and the community through newsletters, website, and other local publications.
  • Organizing funding through membership fees, donations and grants from the State of Vermont and Poultney and Wells.
  • We represent you to state and local governments to protect your rights and the lake in general.
  • We protect the value of your property by maintain the beauty, access, and safety of the lake.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

Everyone associated with the Lake St. Catherine Association is a volunteer. But, there are only 15 trustees and it's a very large lake. Your membership and the dues and contributions we receive allows us to accomplish our work. Maintaining the lake costs approximately $100,000 annually. While we do receive annual grants from Poultney, Wells, and the State, membership dues and contributions make up the majority of our funding.

Contributions to Lake St. Catherine Association may qualify as charitable contributions! LSCA is an approved public charity and is exempt from Federal Income Tax under §501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to LSCA (beyond dues) may now be deductible under §170 of the code. LSCA is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under §§2055, 2106 or 2522 of the code.

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