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2018 Greeter Program Starting Up Memorial Day Weekend

As folks start launching their watercraft this season, they will be welcomed at LSC & State of Vermont boat launch by "Greeters". 

These well trained individuals inspect incoming and outgoing watercraft looking for invasive species of plant and animal life. Through their efforts, we can closely monitor and prevent such species as Eurasian Water Milfoil, Alewife and Water Chestnuts carried on visiting boats, from invading Lake St. Catherine.

On duty from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on designated days beginning Memorial Day and continuing through Labor Day, the greeters interact with boat owners providing information about our lake and and the need for boaters to adhere to the rules and regulations governing use of the lake.

There are some new rules this year regarding invasive species. You can read about these and the Greeter Program in the Vermont Public Access Greeter Program Manual (PDF). The new regulations are listed in Appendix A on page 26 and 27.

Greeters are provided by the LSCA as trained and paid personnel to inspect boats entering the lake.

You can read more about the LSC boat launch here.

Are you a member yet? Maintaining the lake costs approximately $100,000 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.

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2018 LSCA Boating Safety Classes (FREE!)

The Lake St. Catherine Association is pleased to provide two FREE boating safety courses this season.

The first will be held on June 28th and 29th from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Poultney Volunteer Fire Department on Beaman Street.

The second will be held on July 2nd and 3rd from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Wells Village School on Route 30.

Anyone born after January 1st, 1974 must successfully complete an approved boating safety education course to legally operate any motorized vessel - including personal watercraft.

Frank Callahan, Trustee in charge of Boating Safety, will be conducting the courses.

Space is limited to 25 attendees, so please call 802-645-9136 or email Frank at frank.callahan@lakestcatherine.org to register.

For additional information about boating in Vermont, check out the online Handbook of Vermont Boating laws and Responsibilities.

Maintaining the lake costs approximately $100,000 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.

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2018 4th Of July Events On Lake St. Catherine

Hello good folks of the Lake St. Catherine community.

How about some news to make us think of some 'Fun In The Sun' during these cold April days... as we wait for the ice on the lake to disappear #LSCIceWatch2018 (the ice went out on 3/2 last year).

We'd like to let you know about the 6th Annual Boat Parade and when the LSC 4th of July fireworks will light up the sky.

6th Annual Lake St. Catherine Boat Parade:

This year, the Boat Parade will take place on Sunday, July 1st at 1 PM. Prizes are awarded for:

• Most Original
• Most Patriotic
• Funniest
• Best Overall

Register your boat today! Email Lila at BurgnerL@msn.com.

We'll have more information soon on prizes and the parade route.

Here's our Best Overall winner from last year:

...and you can read our recap of last year's parade here: The Winners Of The 5th Annual LSCA Boat Parade Are...

Fireworks:

Lake resident Rick Roberts has informed the LSCA that his fireworks display will occur on Saturday, July 7th. This year, the fireworks will launch from the east side of the lake, near the mouth of Hall's Bay. 

A photo from last year's display:

We hope the thought of these summer events will keep you warm until Spring finally arrives! 

So, mark you calendars for July 1st for the Boat Parade and July 7th for the fireworks - and thanks to Lila and Rick for organizing these great events for all of us to enjoy.

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Residents Of Wells And Poultney Vote To Provide Funds To The LSCA

On Tuesday, March 6th 2018, the residents of Wells and Poultney voted to provide $12,000 and $20,000, respectively, in support of the Lake St. Catherine Association's mission to protect and maintain the lake.

We'd like to thank the good folks of both towns for their support. These funds, along with membership dues and contributions, will help us perform our work for the season - including: boat launch monitoring & boating safety classes and milfoil treatment & suction harvesting. You can read more about all that the LSCA does in the Our Purpose section of our site.

Maintaining the lake costs approximately $100,000 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.

Thanks again to the residents of Wells and Poultney!

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Off To A Good Start - The 2018 Membership Drive

Hello again to the good folks of the Lake St. Catherine community.

We wanted to give you a quick update on the 2018 Membership Drive. In just the past few weeks since the 2018 drive started, we've had over 100 memberships sent in via mail and online through the website.

Thanks to all of you that got right to it and sent in your membership - and thanks to those of you that have contributed above the standard $100! All of your support is appreciated as we head into the upcoming season at the lake.

Our Treasurer Elaine will be working through all the memberships to send you a note and receipt, along with your 2018 LSCA window card and a small thank you gift (an eyeglass / screen cleaning cloth).

Although we are off to a great start, we have a long way to go...

So, if you have not already, we hope that you'll consider supporting the Lake St. Catherine Association this year.

You can also download a PDF copy of the 2018 Membership form by clicking here: 2018 LSCA Member Notice. Just fill out the form and mail it in to our Treasurer Elaine with a check for your dues. Or, you can renew or become a member on our website. If you were a member in 2017, click here to renew, or click here to become a new member - and you can pay your dues online with your credit card. If you were a member last year (whether you paid by check or online by credit card), the website has an account ready for you. If you don't remember your password, or never set one up, click on the "Forgot Username/Password?" link, and the site will send you an email with the information.

Alos, don't forget to check with your employer to see if they have a charitable giving program that may match your contribution!

We also have a new Business Sponsor Membership for local businesses in the lake community. You can learn more about the new Business Sponsor Membership by clicking here.

Finally, we'd like to ask for your help in spreading the word about the membership drive. When speaking to your friends, family and neighbors, please let them know that the 2018 drive is underway. You could also post, or share our posts on Facebook to get the word out.

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.

We appreciate your support!

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

You can read more about the 2018 Membership Drive by clicking here.

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The 2018 LSCA Membership Drive Is Underway!

Hello good folks of the Lake St. Catherine community.

It's that time of year again... As the Lake St. Catherine Association heads into its 65th year, we are asking for your support for the 2018 season.

Your membership dues and contributions help fund many of the services provided by the LSCA:

  • Maintain and purchase navigation and shore line protection buoys 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.

Your dues and contributions also help support special initiatives like the Lily Pond Channel Restoration project, which was completed in October. We are still hoping to raise additional funds to cover the cost of this project. We hope that you'll consider adding an additional contribution to your membership dues this year, in support of this important restoration.

There are two easy ways to renew or become a member of the LSCA.

Soon, you will be receiving a mailing from us that contains the 2018 Member Notice. You can also download a copy by clicking here: 2018 LSCA Member Notice PDF. Just fill out the form and mail it in to our Treasurer Elaine with a check for your dues. We'll also send you an email if we have your address on file.

Or, you can renew or become a member on our website. If you were a member in 2017, click here to renew, or click here to become a new member - and you can pay your dues online with your credit card. If you were a member last year (whether you paid by check or online by credit card), the website has an account ready for you. If you don't remember your password, or never set one up, click on the "Forgot Username/Password?" link, and the site will send you an email with the information.

We'd also like to encourage you to check with your employer to see if they have an Employer Matching Gift Program for charitable donations. Many generous businesses will match donations made by their employees through these programs. So, take a look - you may be able to double your contribution!

If you are a business in the Lake St. Catherine community, we have a new Business Sponsor Membership we'd like to tell you about. The Business Sponsor Membership includes:

  1. A listing on our ‘Sponsors’ page on www.lakestcatherine.org with your logo, a link to your web or Facebook page, including a brief description of your business and services.

  2. The posting of your events and special occasions to our Events & LSC Community Website Calendar.

  3. A posting on our Blog and Facebook page about your business as a ‘Sponsor Spotlight’ feature.

  4. A posting for your business in our Spring and Fall newsletters. Newsletters will be made available to the community in both printed and digital versions. 

You can learn more about the new Business Sponsor Membership by clicking here.

Finally, we'd like to tell you about a very exciting partnership with local artist Peter Huntoon. Peter has generously offered to create an original painting of Lake St. Catherine to be used as a fundraiser to benefit the LSCA in 2018. We'll let you know when the painting is completed - and how the fundraiser will work (auction / raffle). Prints of the original painting will also be available for purchase. 

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.

We appreciate your support!

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

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Longtime LSCA Trustee Martin Greenberg Passes Away

We have some sad news to report.

Longtime LSCA Trustee and LSC resident, Martin Greenberg, has passed away.

LSCA President, Jim Canders wanted to share these thoughts about their freindship and Mart's service to Lake St. Catherine and the LSCA:

"On December 17th, Lake St. Catherine and the Lake St. Catherine Association lost a very good friend with the passing of Martin Greenberg.

From his early days when he and Ellen stayed summers at the Lake St. Catherine Inn, when they learned the lake and how to fish it from a group of ladies who also were staying at the Inn, they remained at the lake.

Martin was a man for all seasons, and the best time of all for him was spending the entire summer at Lake St. Catherine. Martin and Ellen subsequently purchased a cottage on Bert’s Nest and they spent summers there ever since.

Martin involved himself volunteering to help with projects on the lake. He and Ellen became members of the Lake St. Catherine Association (LSCA), and along with Phil and Nancy Alden, Harry and Sylvia Bingham, Frank and Grace Callahan, Bob and Rosalia Williams, Phil and Polly Pope, Steve and Gwen Teetor and Elliott and Eileen Rosen, became a big part of the Trustee’s Board of the LSCA.

Serving as Vice President, he worked together with Dan Morris to write and publish the Lake St. Catherine Newsletter twice a year. He was always willing to share his knowledge of the lake and to serve on special committees when a new direction might be needed. As the LSCA moved along into the technology age, Martin worked with a person from RPI, Troy, NY to set up our first web site. He handed this off to Jerremy Jones who has expanded our web site’s capability.

I can remember when milfoil control moved into a different stage when herbicides started being applied in lieu of mechanical harvesting. In the beginning of each season a survey of the milfoil in the lake had to be conducted and Martin volunteered his boat which was equipped with a depth finder. He, Jeff Crandall and I would go out fairly early in the morning while the water was clear and calm and the sun was bright. Martin drove the boat, Jeff and I watched from each side of the boat for milfoil. Having the benefit of the bright sunshine, we could see right into the lake and easily spot the milfoil. We recorded our findings on a map of LSC and turned the map over to State of Vermont Water Quality Department.

When it came time to take the water samples, Martin was right there again with his boat. We would go to the designated sights, collect and label the bottles, keep them in an ice chest so they did not get too warm and spoil. By the time we finished collecting the samples, it was time for lunch and Ellen would make us a sandwich.

During the summer Martin and Ellen would invite my wife and I over to their cottage for cocktails. We would sit on their screened porch and enjoy the Greenberg’s company, the beverages and the view up the lake. Martin, while sipping a single malt scotch, would tell stories of the early years, when he and Ellen came to LSC. He told how you could take the fish you caught that day to the chef at the Inn, he would cook them for you for dinner. Or, about the early years when he and Ellen were first dating, some of the stories were hilarious.

These were priceless moments spent with Martin Greenberg and there were far too many to recall, but each time you met with him, there was always a discussion about the lake that indicated just how much LSC meant to him. He will sadly be missed, but I am sure that the memories we each share of Martin will last us for a long time to come.

For those who can attend, there is a memorial gathering in Sleepy Hollow, NY on January 6 from 12 Noon – 4 PM with reflections on Martins life, details to follow. Those wishing to send their condolences can do so by sending them to Mrs. Martin Greenberg, 390A Heritage Hills, Somers, NY 10589."

- Jim Canders

Martin's wife, Ellen, sent along these details about the services:

A celebration of Mart's life will be held Saturday, January 6, 12 PM - 4 PM.

Place: Fine-Freiman home at 22 Lakeview Ave., Sleepy Hollow, NY

By car: Find your way to Route 9 which runs parallel to Hudson River. Sleepy Hollow is south of Ossining and north of Tarrytown.

Coming from north: Not far south of Phelps Memorial Hospital you'll see sign on your right for Sleepy Hollow Manor. Turn right and use GPS to find 22 Lakeview Ave. There'll be a balloon or sign in front of house.

Coming from south: Head north through Tarrytown and watch for sign for Sleepy Hollow Manor on your left. Turn left and use GPS to find 22 Lakeview Ave. There'll be a balloon or sign in front of house.

Martin Greenberg with his wife Ellen
- Martin with his wife Ellen

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Lake St. Catherine Implementation Team Year End Report

Laura Dlugolecki from the Vermont Department Of Environmental Conservation, Watershed Management Division has provided this year end report of the Lake St. Catherine Implementation Team:

"I want to update you on some implementation projects that were completed, outreach events, projects that received funding, and the status of the South Lake Tactical Basin Plan.

Lake St. Catherine State Park:

Many of you are familiar with the Lake Wise Program, which is an initiative that awards lake-friendly shoreland properties. The goal of Lake Wise is to establish a new culture of lakeshore landscaping that is proven to help protect the lake. A property that earns the Lake Wise Award will represent a "model" shoreland property. The Lake Wise Award certifies a property is well managed, using shoreland Best Management Practices, and is maintained to care for the lake.

In 2014, Lake St. Catherine State Park was one of 10 State Parks that was evaluated through the Lake Wise Program. The Lake wise evaluation provided recommendations for improvement to bring the Park up to the Lake Wise standards. Three of the 10 Lake Wise evaluated State Parks received funding this year to implement the Lake Wise recommendations (Lake St. Catherine, Silver Lake State Park in Barton, and Island Pond State Park in Brighton.) This spring, crews worked to install two sets of infiltration steps in steep, eroding access path areas, widen the vegetated buffer to 15 feet, and to add plantings on the banks. This fall, crews returned to complete some upper bank stabilization at the top of the slope and to remove a campsite at the top of a steep slope, renaturalizing the area to reduce compaction at the top of the slope, which will reduce erosion.

Septic Social:

In July we held a septic social, graciously hosted by Dede Kendall on the shores of Little Lake. There was a good turnout of local residents who came to learn about septic systems on lake-front property, how they work, their impact on the lake, and about alternative systems that can be used on small lakeshore lots. If there is demand and interest, we are happy to collaborate with residents, towns, lake associations, etc. to hold a similar event in the future.

Lake St. Catherine Watershed Stormwater Assessment/Lake Wise Master Plan:

At past implementation team meetings, we discussed the potential for having a stormwater assessment completed for the Lake St. Catherine Watershed to better understand some of the major sources of water quality issues in the area to better prioritize action and implementation. (We were given a brief presentation on an assessment that was done for Lake Bomoseen in the past).

Hilary Solomon of the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District applied for Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) funding and was awarded the funds to go forward with the assessment.

Hilary will be working with partners to do a lake-focused assessment of the Lake St Catherine and the Wells Brook watershed, which includes roughly half of the Wells Brook-Mettowee River. Included are Endless Brook, the largest tributary to Lake St Catherine, which carries high sediment loads during storms, and Wells Brook, which flooded badly on July 1, 2017, and shows erratic and often high bacteria and nutrient concentrations during summer water quality monitoring. The project will involve completing an extensive field assessment to identify sources of pollution and stormwater to the streams in the Wells Brook Watershed and to Lake St Catherine. Projects to fix the problem areas will be identified and will be prioritized, based on quantitative criteria agreed upon by Vermont DEC staff. The 20 most effective projects will receive a one-page write up to assist with public outreach and help facilitate implementation. The six highest-priority, more complex projects (to be determined with DEC input) will receive conceptual designs.

The projects identified from this assessment will be prioritized for future funding. This stormwater assessment was proposed collectively through Lake Saint Catherine Implementation Team meetings attended by PMNRCD, members of the Wells Select Board, the Poultney Town Manager, members of the Lake St Catherine Association, and members of the Lake St Catherine Conservation Fund.

Updates to the South Lake Tactical Basin Plan:

Based on input from Towns, lake associations, the implementation team, assessments, monitoring data, and other partners, the South Lake Tactical Basin Plan is being updated. The Tactical Basin Plan identifies priority actions that protect and restore water quality within the South Lake Basin (where the Lake St. Catherine Watershed is located). Priority actions may be implementation projects or assessments. The actions identified in the basin plan are prioritized to receive grant funding. There is a public facing database to see current funding priorities: https://anrweb.vt.gov/DEC/IWIS/ARK/ProjectSearch.aspx You can search by basin (2&4 for the South Lake Basin) to see the current identified priority projects and whether or not they have been completed and/or funded. Each basin plan gets updated on a 5-year rotation. The South Lake Basin Plan is nearing completion of its update, which includes many lake-focused implementation projects as priorities, based on input from partners and data.

The DRAFT South Lake Basin Plan is out on 30-day public notice for public review and comment. The DEC anticipates approving this draft by the end of December concurrent with our requirements under the Lake Champlain TMDL and Accountability Framework.

The (formal) draft version is located here, along with the public meeting dates and locations:
http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/basin-planning/basin4

Sorry for the short notice about these meeting dates, I just learned of them myself.

When the Basin Plan is complete, the updated list of priority projects will be added to the website.

The updated DRAFT Basin Plan identifies implementation opportunities for managing aquatic invasive species, management of runoff from roads into the lake, culvert and road upgrades to reduce runoff, Lake Wise assessments and Implementation, and projects to address agricultural runoff, forestry practices, and waste water treatment plants.

Non-profit groups, like lake associations, watershed groups, and towns can all apply for funding to implement the projects identified in the Basin Plan. Towns are encouraged to take initiative for zoning issues to deal with septic and stormwater runoff issues.

Outreach:

In August, The Lake Champlain Sea Grant and Amy Picotte from the DEC, Lake Wise Program, held a Shoreline Erosion Control workshop called: “Protecting Property and Lake - Be Storm Ready with Lake Friendly Practices.” The workshop was an opportunity for landowners to learn about natural approaches to protecting and stabilizing their shoreline, the Lake Wise program, and basic information about the Shoreland Protection Act. If lake associations or other groups are interested in additional workshops, please reach out and we can thing about future opportunities.

Additionally, I wanted to alert you to some work going on with your “neighbor lake”—Lake Bomoseen. Lake Bomoseen is going through a similar process with an implementation team of their own.

Lake Bomoseen Stormwater Assessment: The PMNRCD completed a stormwater master plan for the Lake Bomoseen watershed last year that yielded a list of priority projects to improve water quality. Some of the priority projects are now funded for implementation in the coming field season.

Cedar Mountain Road:

This August, a steep, eroding (nearly vertical) stretch of Cedar Mountain Road along Lake Bomoseen was stabilized using “bioengineering methods.” Encapsulated soil lifts, natural stone and vegetation were used to stabilize the shore and restore the shoreline to a natural slope. This approach uses “soft-scaping” as opposed to hardscaping methods and prevents erosion, while establishing natural vegetation at the shoreline. To learn more, check out the videos at the bottom of the Lake Wise website: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/lakeshores-lake-wise."

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Links & Downloads Section Added To Website

Good day to all of you out there in the Lake St. Catherine Community...

We'd like to let you know about a new section we've just added to our website, Links & Downloads. Here, we'll post links to websites that may be of interest to the lake community along with reports and documents.

Today, we've posted links to:

Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds (FOVLAP)
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Sea Grant
Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District

We've also posted a PDF version of the Lake St. Catherine - A Historical Scrapbook, and an excellent PDF booklet on plants and planting called Landscape Design For Healthy New England Lakes by FOVLAP. 

Finally, you'll see a collection of our annual Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan reports, including our 2017 Annaul Report. These reports go back to 2004 - and they detail our yearly surveys and treatments of the lake for Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM).

We hope you'll find this new section useful. You'll see the Links & Downloads section listed in the main navigation bar at the top of our webpage.

We'll let you know when new items are added as we continue to add new content to the site.

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LSCA Partners With Vermont Artist Peter Huntoon For 2018 Fundraiser

The Lake St. Catherine Association is excited to announce a partnership with Vermont Artist Peter Huntoon.

Peter has generously offered to create an orginial painting of Lake St. Catherine to be used as a fundraiser to benefit the LSCA in 2018. 

This past Sunday, we headed out onto the Lake with Peter to scout for scenes. He found something that caught his eye - and we can't wait to see how he again captures the beauty of LSC.

LSC has been the subject of some of his previous paintings: Lake St. Catherine, Ice-Out, and his latest painting, Little Lake:

- "Little Lake" by Peter Huntoon, image from peterhuntoon.com

We are still working out the details of how we will make the original painting available (auction / raffle), but we will have prints available for purchase - with all proceeds benefitting the LSCA. 

Peter, thank your for your support of the LSCA - we know the LSC community is looking forward to seeing your painting!

You can learn more about Peter and his work on his website.

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