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Quarry Operators Ordered To Remove Sediment From LSC

In April of 2014, a "wall of water" came down a forested hill on West Lake Road in Wells, damagaging property and sending debris and sediment into Lake St. Catherine.

Today, the Vermont Agency of Natual Resources annonunced that Ruby Construction, Inc. and Royal Harrison were jointly held responsible in a court ruling. 

They have been ordered to "pay a penalty of $9,000 and apply for a permit from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Lakes and Ponds Management and Protection Program to appropriately remove the sediment from the Lake by next fall."

For more infomation about this ruling, please see this official ANR press release.

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Free Workshop: Rain Gardens

Want an easy way to help improve lake water quality? Learn how attractive rain gardens can absorb storm water and reduce runoff into the lake.

There will be a free workshop, open to the public, at the Castleton Community Center, 2108 Main St, Castleton, on Tuesday, August 22 from 4 - 5:30 pm.

Rain gardens are a beautiful and practical way to:

• Absorb stormwater and reduce runoff

• Provide food and habitat for pollinators and other insects and animals

• Enhance your property and protect your shoreline

Learn how to assess your soil for the best location, choose native plants suited to your property, installation techniques, and contact information for state and local resources. Obtain a free copy of “The Vermont Rain Garden Manual”.

Presented by Becky Tharp, Program Manager, Green Infrastructure Collaborative, Lake Champlain Sea Grant and Department of Environmental Conservation.

Sponsored by the Lake Bomoseen Association and the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program.

For additional information and to register for the workshop, contact: Linda Patterson, Water Quality Educator, Lake Champlain Sea Grant

Email: Linda.Patterson@uvm.edu

Phone: 802-656-7668 

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Free Workshop: Protecting Property and Lake - Be Storm Ready with Lake Friendly Practices

A free workshop entitled "Protecting Property and Lake - Be Storm Ready with Lake Friendly Practices" presented by Lake Champlain Sea Grant and Vermont Lakes and Ponds Protection Program will be taking place at the Lake St. Catherine State Park on August 31st from 3-5 PM.

You will learn about natural approaches to protecting and stabilizing your shoreline, including:

• Erosion control methods
• Native plants
• Attractive permeable surfaces
• Raingardens
• Habitat restoration
• Local resources for materials and installation

You will also learn about the basic elements of the Shoreland Protection Act:

• Landowner requirements: myths and facts
• Healthy shorelines, water quality and aquatic habitat: Purpose of the act
• Permitting process; exemptions
• Informational materials
• Resources for compliance
• Shoreland protection and property value

You will also learn about the Vermont Lake Wise Program.

For information and to register contact: Linda Patterson, Water Quality Educator at linda.patterson@uvm.edu, or call 802-656-7668.

Protecting Your Property And Your Lake Flyer PDF:

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Cleaning Out Your Pantry For The Summer?

Good afternoon Lake St. Catherine.

We'd like to share a great idea our Trustee Frank Callahan had to those of you that may soon be closing up your camps for the summer:

"...a lot of lake people will be leaving soon. Perhaps they may want to give some food to the local food banks.

The Poultney food bank is in the Stonebridge Inn, the white building at the northwest corner at the stoplight at Main Street and Route 30.

Donations in Wells may be given at the Wellsmere Farm anytime, or the Wells Town Hall box Monday - Thursday. Both places are on Route 30."

So, if you soon find yourself cleaning out your pantry for the season, please consider Frank's suggestion. 

Thanks!

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Vermont Updates Aquatic Invasive Species Transport Law

We'd like to make you aware of some recent changes to the Vermont Aquatic Invasive Species Transport Law.

The changes as described by the State:

"As of June 8, 2017, the Vermont Legislature enacted new legislation regarding aquatic nuisance control. Act 67 adds four animals to the species list of which transport is restricted, and requires boat operators to visually inspect their own vessels and remove drain plugs while transporting a vessel.

While the transport of ANY aquatic plant or plant parts, as well as zebra and quagga mussels, is still prohibited, it is now also prohibited to transport the following species:

• Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea)
• Fishhook waterflea (Cercopagis pengoi)
• Rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus)
• Spiny waterflea (Bythotrephes longimanus)

Act 67 requires any person transporting a vessel to or from a body of water to visually inspect the vessel, the transport vehicle, trailer, and other equipment used, and remove any aquatic plants, aquatic plant parts, and other aquatic nuisance species. The act also requires removal of drain plugs, bailers, valves, and all other devices designed to control the drainage of water from vessel while transporting it. All draining of contained water must occur in a manner that avoids discharge into a water of the State."

You can view the flyer provided by the State here: Updated Aquatic Invasive Species Transport Law in Vermont – Act 67 Flyer.

You can view the full law on the Vermont General Assembly's website: Vermont Aquatic Invasive Species Transport Law.

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Vermont DEC Lake Wise Program Hosts 'Septic Social' On LSC

The Vermont DEC's Lake Wise Program is conducting a 'Septic Social' on Lake St. Catherine on Wednesday, July 19th.

Little Lake resident Dede Kendall will host the Septic Social at her home: 15 Clayton Tract, Wells from 4:00 - 5:30 PM.

About the presentation:

Come learn about maintaining or replacing your septic system in a social environment!

• Maintaining a functioning septic system helps protect your lake!
• Opportunity for Q&A with septic professionals
• Learn basic septic maintenance techniques
• Discuss replacement innovative septic systems
• Socialize with your lake neighbors!

Join septic experts, lake scientists, and other lakeshore property owners for a FREE social gathering to discuss proper maintenance, innovative systems, and more! Functioning Septic Systems are one of many important shoreland practices. To learn more about lake-friendly living and what you can do along your shore to protect water quality, natural shorelands and habitat, contact the Lake Wise Program. Also, remember to check with your local Shoreland Permit Specialist before making any changes along your shoreland property. Thanks, and hope to see you at the Septic Social! Bring your septic questions! 

Questions? Contact Laura Dlugolecki at 802-490-6133 or laura.dlugolecki@vermont.gov.

Again, this free program will take place on Wednesday, July 19th from 4:00-5:30 PM at 15 Clayton Tract, in Wells, on the Little Lake.

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The Vermont Loon Conservation Project Seeking Volunteers

The Vermont Loon Conservation Project, a program of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE), would like to thoroughly assess loon activity on Lake St. Catherine this year.

The Vermont loon population has expanded greatly over the past 20 years. If a loon pair ever forms on Lake St. Catherine, they will likely need a little help since loons nest right on the water's edge near boat traffic and occasionally near cottages and other shoreline activity. Loons prefer to nest on islands and at marsh edges but occasionally nest on spits of land or little shelves that are easy to crawl onto.

Photo credit: © Elinor Osborn via VCE website

Eric Hanson, the VCE conservation biologist who coordinates the loon program is looking for some volunteers who can boat the entire lake occasionally when the water is calm (evenings and mornings tend to be best) and count all loons present. Whether volunteers conduct just one survey all summer or go every week, it's all helpful. Residents can also report incidental sightings (e.g., out your camp window).

VCE is also looking for a volunteer to survey Lake St. Catherine on July 15 as part of the annual statewide count.

If you'd like to assist Eric with this project, please contact him at ehanson@vtecostudies.org or call 802-586-8064.

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