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LSCA Has Yearly Review Meeting With DEC

On Tuesday, January 6th, the Lake St. Catherine Association was happy to have the opportunity to update Misha Cetner from the Vermont DEC on our successful lake management efforts in 2019.

Presenting with our contracting partner, Marc Bellaud from SOLitude Lake Management, we first discussed our milfoil control program.

Using our balanced approach of spot herbicide treatments (using the new herbicide ProcellaCOR) and our hard-working DASH team (removing 1,293 buckets of milfoil), milfoil was successfully controlled in treatment areas. From our 2019 Aquatic Vegetation Management Report:

“Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) distribution decreased significantly from 62% to 15% over last year’s frequency of occurrence and percent EWM cover decreased to 2%, at survey points within the Main Basin.

EWM control was excellent throughout treatment areas, with only other areas in the basin having any observed growth, most of which were at lower densities. This year’s spot-treatments and diver assisted suction harvesting (DASH) efforts were exceptionally effective but can only provide control to those areas while some EWM growth remains elsewhere in the basin.”

After reviewing the results of this first season of use, we are encouraged by ProcellaCOR’s effectiveness, and we hope this will allow us to continue to emphasize and expand our DASH milfoil control efforts while reducing our herbicide use.

This comparison of the fall milfoil surveys from 2018 to 2019 demonstrates how effective our milfoil control program was in 2019:

We also had the chance to discuss our other lake programs which include initiatives to decrease stormwater runoff bringing phosphorus and pollution into the lake and our invasive species prevention efforts (the Greeter Program at the boat launch).

It is extremely important to limit phosphorus from entering the lake. From the USGS.gov website:

“Phosphorus is a common constituent of agricultural fertilizers, manure, and organic wastes in sewage and industrial effluent. It is an essential element for plant life, but when there is too much of it in water, it can speed up eutrophication (a reduction in dissolved oxygen in water bodies caused by an increase of mineral and organic nutrients) of rivers and lakes. Soil erosion is a major contributor of phosphorus to streams. Bank erosion occurring during floods can transport a lot of phosphorous from the river banks and adjacent land into a stream, lake, or other water body.”

Limiting phosphorus reduces nutrients for weeds and reduces the chances of having a cyanobacteria bloom.

We are happy to be supporting the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District’s (PMNRCD) Lake St. Catherine Stormwater Masterplan as they begin implementing stormwater mitigation projects around the lake.

Each year, we also promote their Lake Education and Action Program (LEAP) program. The LEAP program works with lakeshore property owners to provide native buffer plantings, and apply other stormwater mitigation techniques like infiltration steps.

We also discussed our partnership with the PMNRCD in promoting the Lake Wise Program. From the Lake Wise website:

"The goal of Lake Wise is to establish a new normal, 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."

This lead to the first Lake Wise Award being presented to a LSC property owner, The Binghams (you can read about that here).

If you are interested in having your property assessed for the Lake Wise program, please email us at [email protected].

Our Greeter program is very important to the health of LSC. Greeters do not just check boats and trailers for milfoil - they 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 example, spiny waterflea were just found in Lake Champlain and zebra mussels were recently discovered in Lake Dunmore. Our Greeters are hard working young adults who have been trained to identify these invasive species 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.

This season, we were happy to be selected for a grant from the Vermont DEC’s Watershed Grant Program for $4,942. This allowed us to expand our daily Greeter hours, add coverage for fishing tournaments and to further expand hours around holidays. This resulted in inspecting 1,779 boats, a 21% increase from 2018.

We were also able to report that we’ve received 2 grants from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to expand both our Greeter Program and our Lake Wise efforts in 2020.

As you can see, we had lots of excellent news to share with the DEC!

We’d like to thank Misha and Marc for their time.

While we had a great 2019, we will continue to work to build on these successes in our ongoing pursuit of our mission of the preservation, protection and maintenance of Lake St. Catherine.

We hope to earn your support in 2020. Thank you.

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LSCA Awarded Two LCBP Grants!

We have some exciting news to share!

Last week, we were informed that the Lake St. Catherine Association had been awarded a Pollution Prevention grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program in the amount of $19,920. Two days later, we got the news that we'd also been awarded an Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention grant in the amount of $14,141.

With the support of the Town of Poultney and Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District, LSCA Vice President Martha Pofit submitted applications for these grants in late October (note: we are waiting to hear about two other grants we have applied for). Thanks to everyone's hard work, a total of $34,061 in grants from the LCBP will be coming to Lake St. Catherine!

Here's Martha to tell you all about these grants for 2020:

LAKE ST. CATHERINE ASSOCIATION HONORED TO RECEIVE $19,920 FROM THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN PROGRAM….
THEN JUST TWO DAYS LATER, LEARNED IT ALSO WAS APPROVED TO RECEIVE $14,141 TO EXPAND OUR PROGRAM TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES. THE LSCA TRUSTEES ARE BEYOND THRILLED BY THESE EVENTS TO BENEFIT ITS MEMBERSHIP!

The Lake St. Catherine Association is proud to announce it has been chosen by the Lake Champlain Basin Program in 2020 to reduce phosphorus and silt entering the Lake from stormwater runoff.

In addition to the many activities already underway, a new program will appoint Lake ambassadors, named Neighborhood Captains, around the Lake to organize a gathering of neighbors to review the lessons learned from other homeowners in modifying their lakefront, paid in part or full from the grant. The number and intensity of spring storms has challenged homeowner properties and the grant is an opportunity to have an assessment with recommendations for enhancements that may range from plantings to drainage. The assessments would be performed by our partner, the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District in the spring and early summer, with residents eligible by the end of the summer for the prestigious Lake Wise Award. (Note: in 2019, long-time property owners the Binghams were the first LSC property to earn the Lake Wise Award. You can read their story here.)

Improving the Lake St. Catherine watershed is a multi-part program that involves pollution control, reduction in the spread of aquatic invasive species, fixing compromised culverts and road surfaces and re-diverting runoff away from the Lake. It will take the best efforts of the Towns, tactical basin partners, Lake Assns., businesses, Lake residents and the general public who have come to enjoy the amazing recreational opportunities of our beautiful Lake. The Lake St. Catherine Association has been working hard to secure funding for our long term strategy and has been successful in attracting grants, first from the Vermont Watershed Grant program in 2019 to expand our boat launch education and outreach program and now in 2020 from the distinguished Lake Champlain Basin Program local implementation grants.

In addition to the fabulous news on December 17th that we received the Pollution Prevention Grant, imagine our joy to learn on December 19th that we also were approved to receive $14,141 to implement the Lake St. Catherine Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention’s higher level of performance, a two-pronged attack will be initiated in 2020: the Boat Launch Greeter Program expanding coverage hours during times of high boat traffic along with coverage of fishing tourneys, during the 4th of July week, expanding the overall program by 25% and creating a zero-tolerance for zebra mussels campaign. In addition to the Greeter program, there will be an examination and analysis of the Channel adjacent to the Boat Launch for harvesting by the Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) program to minimize AIS uptake upon boat retrieval, with a special protocol on zebra mussels given their emerging threat to Vermont Lakes in 2020.


All of grant-related activities have been made through voluntary efforts of the Lake St. Catherine Association Trustees. If we all work together, our beloved Lake St. Catherine will be protected and preserved both now and for the future. Many of you have already volunteered to help and if you also would like to be a Neighborhood Captain, and/or have a Lake Wise assessment of your property in 2020, please contact Lake St. Catherine Association Trustee, Martha Pofit, at: [email protected].

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2019 Aquatic Vegetation Management Report

Each season, the LSCA implements a milfoil control program to keep milfoil in check using a combination of spot herbicide treatments and DASH (Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting). Then, in the late Fall, a comprehensive plant survey is performed to determine how effective our efforts have been. 

The report can be read directly here: 2019 - Aquatic Vegetation Management Report. This is the 16th consecutive year a plant survey has been performed on Lake St. Catherine. You can see all the previous reports, dating back to 2004 in our Links & Downloads section.

From the report: "EWM (Eurasian watermilfoil) control was excellent throughout treatment areas... This year’s spot-treatments and DASH efforts were exceptionally effective..."

Please take a look.

If you have any questions, please get in touch at [email protected].

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Good day to you LSC fans.
 
On this Thanksgiving eve, we'd like to take a moment to thank our membership and the lake community for your support this season.
 
...and Happy Thanksgiving!
 
We hope you get to spend it with your family and friends.

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LSCA 2019 Year In Review

Hello LSC fans. We hope you are enjoying the Fall.

We'd like to take a little time and recap the 2019 season - and look ahead to 2020. We'll try to retell the story of 2019 chronologically and keep it brief and to the point. So, grab your favorite beverage and give it a read.

Here we go...

- Membership

Our yearly membership drive kicked off in early February with mailings, emails and postings on our website and Facebook. We are happy to report that we had 342 paid members, which includes 9 Business Sponsors. This generated $52,550 in membership dues which gives us an average contribution of $154. Thank you to all of our members! Your membership dues and additional contributions over and above our base $100 membership level are crucial to funding our important lake programs. We are happy to report that we've increased our membership in both dollars and in individual contributors by around 12% each as compared to last year. We hope to build on these numbers again next year. As always, we ask you to help us spread the word by discussing the LSCA with your neighbors. We will continue to work hard for Lake St. Catherine to earn your support. 

- Milfoil Control

Back in December of 2018, we applied for two new permits as part of our milfoil control program. We applied for a 5 year permit to treat milfoil with the new herbicide ProcellaCOR - and a 10 year permit to be able to perform DASH (Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting). While both permits were approved, we had to start almost a month later than we would have liked. The herbicide permit was not approved by the state until 5/10/19. There was then a 30 day comment period, then a 30 day notice period, which set the treatment date at July 10th. We did all we could to try to maintain the schedule that we've had in the past, but that was unable to happen this year because of the approval delay. We hope to get back to our usual schedule of an early June treatment date next year. 

We are very happy with the results of the new herbicide ProcellaCOR. As compared to the previous herbicide (Renovate), ProcellaCOR allows us to use 200x - 400x less herbicide, has significantly less water use restrictions, and it’s is highly targeted to milfoil - promising longer lasting results. For example, the recommended water use restrictions this season were only the day of treatment for recreational use (vs. 2 days) and 7 days for using lake water for irrigation (vs. 120 days). We hope the effectiveness of ProcellaCOR will allow us to continue to emphasize DASH for milfoil control.

Our hard working DASH team also had a great season combating milfoil. They worked on 10+ locations around the lake and removed 1,293 buckets of milfoil by suction harvesting.

This balanced approach has kept the milfoil in treated areas in check for 15 years.

This season, we received many reports of milfoil in areas of the lake, asking if it will be addressed by our DASH team. We inspected all the areas being reported, and we discovered that many folks were confusing Illinois Pondweed with milfoil. Pondweed, which is considered native, cannot be removed by our DASH team. However, if you'd like to clear your swimming or dock area of pondweed - you are allowed to do so by raking or hand pulling. Please see the graphic below showing our 2019 treatment areas and the difference between milfoil and pondweed.

- Greeter Program

This season, we were happy to be selected for a grant from the Vermont DEC’s Watershed Grant Program for $4,942. This allowed us to expand our daily Greeter hours, add coverage for fishing tournaments and to further expand hours around holidays. This resulted in inspecting 1,779 boats, a 21% increase from 2018. 

The Program, co-administered by DEC and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, distributes grant dollars for noteworthy local and regional water-related projects within Vermont.

All are encouraged to consider switching your current license plate to a Vermont Conservation license plate. Applications to do so can be found at here at the Conservation License Plate website. Currently, there are 3 plate options to choose from: Deer, Loon, Trout:

Our Greeter program is very important to the health of LSC. Greeters do not just check boats and trailers for milfoil - they 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 example, spiny waterflea were just found in Lake Champlain and zebra mussels were recently discovered in Lake Dunmore. Our Greeters are hard working young adults who have been trained to identify these invasive species 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. 

This is an extremely important program that helps to protect LSC!

- Lake Safety - Free Boating Classes

The LSCA provides two free boating safety classes each year - one in Wells and one in Poultney. Anyone born after January 1st, 1974 must successfully complete a boating safety class to be able to legally operate a motorized watercraft. This year, 25 people passed the course and received their boating license. If you'd like to earn your boating license next year, please keep an eye out for our announcement of the classes (usually taking place in June).

- 7th Annual Boat Parade

On Saturday, July 7th, we had 15 boats participate in the 7th Annual LSCA Boat Parade - and the creativity was on full display! We hope you enjoyed watching it - and we were thankful for all the participants and our sponsors. 

Our Best Overall winner was the "Loon Pontoon":

You can read more and see photos & video in this 7th Annual Boat Parade recap.

- Membership & Donation Appeal

After preparing our 2019 budget, we projected that we'd have a shortfall of income (membership dues, grants, donations) to fully fund our programs this season. While we’ve been steadily increasing in both the number of members - and the total amount collected from membership dues, support from state and local governments has been decreasing.

Although we would be able to cover these expenses with funds from our savings, we decided to reach out to the lake community in an appeal to reach residents that had not paid their 2019 dues, and to ask for additional contributions from our membership. So, we sent out mailings, emails and postings on our website and Facebook pages explaining the shortfall. You can read that appeal here

Well, you responded. Since the appeal began in mid July, we've added 40 members and received additional contributions totalling over $25,000!

In 2020, we will be working hard on initiatives to expand our membership base, generate additional contributions and win grant awards (more on that below).

- LSCA Annual Meeting & Dinner

We had a great turnout at the Annual Meeting at the LSC Country Club on July  27th. Trustees gave reports from their committees and answered questions from attendees. We then all enjoyed an excellent dinner with our lake neighbors. 

You can read a full recap of the meeting, including our presentation in this Annual Meeting recap.

We hope you'll join us next year!

- The First Lake Wise Award on LSC

In early September, we and the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District (PMNRCD) were excited to announce that the first property on Lake St. Catherine has been selected for a Lake Wise award.

"The goal of Lake Wise is to establish a new normal, 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."

On Friday, September 8th, representatives from the LSCA and PMNRCD gathered at Sylvia and Harry Bingham's camp on Peninsula Drive to present them with the Lake Wise award - the first awarded on Lake St. Catherine.

You can read more about the Binghams and the Lake Wise program in this posting: First Lake Wise Award On Lake St. Catherine.

19 properties were assessed in 2019 - and the LSCA and the PMNRCD will be working with these owners to help them earn the Lake Wise award for their property.

We'd like to help other Lake St. Catherine property owners earn the Lake Wise award. If you would like to have your property assessed, please email us at [email protected].

- Newsletters

You can view our two 2019 newsletters here:

Spring 2019
Fall 2019

- 2020

Plans are already underway to do it all again in 2020...

Also, we are currently in the process of applying for grants to: help fund our suction harvesting program, help fund and expand our greeter program, help fund LSCA organizational expenditures and create some education programs.

We hope to earn your support in 2020 - so keep an eye out for our Membership Drive to kick off in February. 

To keep up-to-date on all LSC news, please bookmark our Blog, and like us on Facebook. We post all of the latest news on these sites. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

Finally, a HUGE thank you to our renewing members, our new members, our business sponsors, our volunteers and all who donated to help make this season a great success!

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First Lake Wise Award On Lake St. Catherine

The Lake St. Catherine Association (LSCA) and the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District (PMNRCD) are excited to announce that the first property on Lake St. Catherine has been selected for a Lake Wise award.

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.

The goal of the Lake Wise program, from the Lake Wise website:

"The goal of Lake Wise is to establish a new normal, 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."

On Friday, September 8th, representatives from the LSCA and PMNRCD gathered at Sylvia and Harry Bingham's camp on Peninsula Drive to present them with the Lake Wise award - the first awarded on Lake St. Catherine.

During the presentation of the Lake Wise award to the Bingham's, Hilary Solomon from the PMNRCD said: "I am very pleased to present this LakeWise award to Sylvia and Harry Bingham. They have a lovely property with many natural features including a diversity of trees and shrubs; a very natural shoreline toward Oxbow Bay; nice gardens which also infiltrate stormwater, and a patio with areas between the stones to infiltrate water, as well. This summer, they added shrubs to both shorelines through the LEAP program, as they continue to build and maintain their plantings.

This property has been in the family since the 1960’s. The Binghams love to garden and Harry built the patio and the lovely stone walls. Their son David brought irises from his expansive garden back home and also helped with the gardening. From the short time that I have met them, it sounds as though they love their home on the lake and the time they get to spend here and they contribute in many ways to the health of the lake and the community of property owners around the lake. They have served in various capacities on the Lake Association and actively participate in community-building events.

Sylvia and Harry, I could not be more pleased to honor you with this plaque today. Your exemplary stewardship and your love for the lake is evident. Congratulations. And thank you for helping us as we take steps as a community to help maintain the water quality and wildlife on Lake St Catherine. The Association and the Conservation District are working with homeowners to assist them with wider, more natural buffers; less overall lawn area; no-mow zones; narrower paths to the lake; leaving duff and mulch in place; maintaining septic tanks and leach fields, and many other activities that should cumulatively help to maintain the high-quality characteristics that we all love about this lake. We hope to award many more plaques in the near future, and this is our first step toward that goal."

Congratulations to the Bingham's on earning the first Lake Wise award on Lake St. Catherine! We appreciate their continued efforts to maintain a lake friendly property which we hope will be a model for all property owners on Lake St. Catherine.

The LSCA and the PMNRCD would like to help other Lake St. Catherine property owners earn the Lake Wise award. If you would like to have your property assessed, please email us at [email protected]

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Vermont DEC Visits Lake St. Catherine For Lake Wise Assessments

Vermont DEC Officials visit Lake St. Catherine to learn of the great efforts homeowners have made to control runoff on their properties.

August 26th was an exciting day at the Lake, as we hosted Amy Picotte from Vermont DEC and most of the staff of the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District, who met with the first group of property owners along Lake St. Catherine to participate in the Lake Wise program.

The spring of 2019 was a particularly difficult one, with several storms that overwhelmed culverts and roads surrounding the Lake. It certainly brought attention to the role we all play in protecting the Lake from sediment and an overabundance of phosphorus that fuels milfoil and, potentially, toxic algae growth.

To recognize the good works of local Lake residents, the DEC has a program, called Lake Wise, that assesses lakeshore properties and recognizes optimum management for water quality through an award. If your shoreline qualifies, based on the assessment criteria, a LakeWise plaque is awarded to the property owner. If additional actions are needed, the Lake Wise program serves as a free assessment and consultation.

The Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District has been providing the assessments for Lake St. Catherine homeowners. They then work with partners and write grants, receiving funds to provide shoreline plantings, raingarden installation, and other implementation projects aimed at improving water quality in the lake. These programs, the Lake Education and Action Program (LEAP) for example, can be utilized after a Lake Wise consultation to help implement recommendations from the assessment.

It is so encouraging that there is a great deal of interest in becoming a Lake Wise property. If you would like to join in with local residents to have your property assessed, just contact us at: [email protected]. The LSCA is eager to have recognition for those of you who have added buffer zones, no mow zones, fertilizer-free lawns, infiltration steps, water-absorbent gardens and other creative ways to reduce runoff into our precious Lake. We hope you will consider becoming a LakeWise site and encourage your neighbors to do likewise. We look forward to hearing from you!

Photo participants, from left to right: Sadie Brown - Nursery Manager. Martha Hicks Pofit - Vice President of LSCA, Amy Picotte - Environmental Scientist - Vermont DEC, Hilary Solomon - Manager of PMNRCD, Ashley Leemans - PMNRCD staff

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Meeting Of The Board Of Trustees - 08/24/2019

On Saturday, August 24th, the Lake St. Catherine Association held their fourth and final meeting of the 2019 season.

The Trustees gave their reports on many topics - Click here to see the full meeting agenda. Meeting minutes compiled by Kemi Mcshane.

August 24th 2019 Meeting of the Lake St. Catherine Board of Trustees
Lake St. Catherine Country Club, 8:30 AM

Meeting called to order by President Jim Canders at 8:30 AM

Present: Ken Abt, Elaine Bagley, Kemi McShane Bostock, Jim Canders, Frank Callahan, Jeffrey Crandall, Jerremy Jones, Martha Pofit, Mary Jo Teetor, Bob Williams, Nancy Liberatore.

Absent- John Belnavis, Rob Goldman, Ed Laird, Phil Pope, Rob Nesbit. 

I. Recording Secretary’s Report- Kemi McShane Bostock Minutes of the July 27, 2019 trustees meeting sent by email. Jeff made Motion made to accept the Minutes as written, second by Elaine. All voted in favor.

II. Treasure’s Report – Elaine Bagley. Updated constantly to date: 81,594.24 in checking and 70, 443.00 in Savings. 2019 appeal generated 20,00.00, 35 new members. Greeters program grant 27,000.00 plus 6,000.00(broken into 2 sections) Greeters and AIS. Discussion on how to keep donations coming in the future and how do we expand the membership. A motion was made to accept the treasure’s report as submitted, second all voted in FAVOR.

III. Report of Annual Meeting 2019- LSCCC likes the LSCA utilizing the facility. The annual dinner meeting was a success. Bob Williams was thanked personally by Jim Canders for the raffle donation.

IV. Milfoil Management- Jeff Crandall. Presentation made by Beck from DASH program to report the outcome of this season’s work. They had a delayed start due to the permit process, reported removed 1,293 buckets of milfoil from LSC. Expressed concern for storm water runoff that increases additional nutrients into the lake and noticed floaters in the early Spring so was anticipating a difficult season but were able to work the areas designated for DASH. The milfoil had reached the surface. Saw lots of matted areas and pondweed. The herbicide treatment was very effective throughout the lake. Referred to the survey done by Solotude to designate the locations for the treatment areas. Two surveys are conducted in the Fall and Spring. The Fall survey evaluates the programs effectiveness in managing the milfoil. The Spring survey helps identify the areas the need treatment. The goal is to manage the milfoil with localized treatment with the herbicide and for DASH to supplement the milfoil management. Discussion followed on how to proceed in our milfoil treatment. Three points were outlined: 1. LSCA needs to follow formal case study to show scientifically based work. 2. LSCA needs to reach out to other lakes that use Solotude and compare results. 3. The Little Lake is a major concern and if applied these interventions how would these improve the Little Lake’s condition. DASH end date was August 15, 2019. The plant becomes brittle and not alive. It starts to mat and DASH was vacuuming the bottom of the Lake. All were concerned that this season was going to be bad but had amazing end results. DASH is hoping to start work next June not in July as its important to treat the milfoil early before the growing cycle begins. 

V. Water Quality- Mary Jo Teetor- 2019 storms made water quality cloudy. Did 5-meter reading. Send samples to State. 9 samples from the Little Lake. No E. coli testing this summer. Lots of new rules from the State. Creating districts. Dealing with storm water projects, culverts, roads. Phosphorus a major concern. Overall water quality good, heavy rains creating problems as increases run off. Discussion to take samples from specific spots and take Spring phosphorus samples to have a base line. Lake Report Cards need to be more consistent. Discussed the meeting with the Commissioner of the DEC, Emily Boedecker, 8/15/19. Major concern is the phosphorous in the Lake. Encouraged the LSCA to contact the legislative representatives and include them in the discussion regarding the health of the whole Lake. 

VI. Publicity- Jerremy Jones- the presentation of the Fall newsletter. East Poultney Day was a successful event. Judy Leach has a morning talk show and would like to interview the LSCA on the radio.

VII. Lake Safety- Frank Callahan- Removal of cones and buoys. Game Warden visually present to monitor lake safety. 

VIII. Nominating Committee- Bob Williams- Contacted people interested in becoming a trustee. Need to reach out to them so can attend a meeting. Kemi McShane Bostock voted in for a two-year position. Nancy Liberatore appointed a 3 year position.

IX. Membership- Elaine Bagley- reported on the results of the fund raising letter. Needs a chair person. 

X. Government relations- Martha Pofit- LSCA & PMNRCD Partnership. Prepare for funding opportunities with the Lake Champlain Basin Authority. Need to develop LSC priority projects and Strategic plan. Late Fall meeting with the State. 

XI. Old Business- Boat Parade- needs committee, Wells Day- still a worthwhile event, East Poultney Day- needs a chairperson.

XII. Lake Wise- Amy

XIII. Election: President – Jim Canders Vice president- Martha Pofit, Treasurer- Elaine Bagley, Secretary- Kemi McShane Bostock, Pass one ballot for all nominations motion made, second and all voted in Favor. Meeting adjourned by Jim Canders at 11:05 motion made and second- all voted in FAVOR.

XIV. Next meeting May 23,2020 @ 8:30 am LSCCC

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The LSCA Fall 2019 Newsletter

Hello good folks of the Lake St. Catherine community.

We'd like to let you know that the LSCA Fall 2019 newsletter is now available. 

In an effort to save on printing and mailing costs, we've decided to only print a short run of copies and distribute them to Otto's Cones Point General Store and the Wells Country Store. If you'd like a printed copy, please feel free to pick one up when you are out and about in Poultney or Wells (starting around noon today). Thank you to Otto's and WCS!

The digital version is now available online via our website through this link: Click here to view the Fall 2019 Newsletter, or click on the image below. When you click on the link for the newsletter, you will be able to view it on screen - and be able to zoom in or out using the controls on the bottom of the screen. Or, you can click the download button in the top right cornver to save a copy to your computer to view with a PDF reader or print a copy.

We hope you'll enjoy this edition of the LSCA newsletter.

We welcome your comments: [email protected].

Thank you for your support!

Are you a member yet? Maintaining the lake costs approximately $125,000 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. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and any contribution that you make is tax deductible.

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Meeting Of The Board Of Trustees - 07/27/2019

On Saturday, July 27th, the Lake St. Catherine Association held their third meeting of the 2019 season.

The Trustees gave their reports on many topics - Click here to see the full meeting agenda. Meeting minutes compiled by Kemi Mcshane.

July 27th 2019 Meeting of the Lake St. Catherine Board of Trustees
Lake St. Catherine Country Club, 8:30 AM

Meeting called to order by President Jim Canders at 8:00 AM

Present: Ken Abt, Elaine Bagley, John Belnavis, Kemi McShane, Jim Canders, Frank Callahan, Jerremy Jones, Ed Laird, Matha Pofit, Mary Jo Teetor, Bob Williams. Rob Nesbit via Google Meet

Absent: Jeffrey Crandall, Rob Goldman, Phil Pope

I. Recording Secretary’s Report - Minutes of the June 22,2019 meeting – Sent by e-mail approved.

II. Treasurers Report – approved

III. Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner LSCA July 27, 2019 @ 6:00pm Review of power point presentation – updated notes and discussion
regarding the background of water quality.

IV. Milfoil Management: Big Lake looks bad on the scorecard. The picture of the Lake looks divided into three sections: Big Lake, Little Lake and Lily Pond. Concerned that information is not reflecting the true present condition of the water quality of the Lake. The watershed management provides information regarding the Lake at it’s present state. Milfoil is gone by the Cones Point area of treatment. Will always have to spot treat, but are seeing good results with the treatment. The posting of the Lake treatment signs need to be collected. The Solitude treatment has produced good results. Collected 3 sets of samples, results from the Lab showed good results, all clear. 48 hours resolved out of Lake. Renovate had results in 2 weeks. The delayed timing for the Milfoil control was a delay in receiving the 5 year permit; a yearly review is required for updates of any changes. And to designate the areas of treatment. Monies received from the 2 grants $27,000.00 ( Watershed grant and aquatic nuisance grant) are designated into 2 categories: Milfoil Control and the Greeter program. Actually received more money, $32,000.00. Receiving the most money. DASH have a 10 year plan/permit. Have to contract on a yearly basis to update areas for treatment. DASH permit for 10 years. Has to be monitored for areas being treated and timing of treatment for fish spawning. Our Lake management approach is in the mainstream compared to other Lakes. Boat Launch Program: Greeter program has training and able to increased hours and monitoring the boats during heavy traffic times for launching of the boats. Educating the public regarding the invasive species located in the Lake and how to control transporting them in and out of the Lake.

V. Water Quality: Lake setting from big rains 5 meters reading. E-coli testing will get kits from the town of Poultney. Algae early on but Lake is in great shape. Water has been too cloudy to test due to heavy rains and run off. The lake is in the best shape as of now. Sandy Beach area milfoil just disintegrating. Sunken Island is being treated with the Suction program. They will be finishing their contract in August. 

VI. Publicity- update of presentation power point. Discussion as to how to increase out reach and how to generate new membership.

VII. Lake Safety- reported results of licensing and how many are ticketed for non-licensure. The Game Warden is only assigned to LSC and checks boats for proper equipment and that the boat is in compliance with state regulations. Review of missing markers and the correct placement of markers. Found the anchor for the Sunken Island to be replaced. 

VIII. Nominating Committee- Review of the Slate to be presented at the General Meeting. Discuss the need for new people to be involved and active in the LSCA. Can appoint from the floor if have only one nomination from the floor. See response from the general public membership. Rand’s position can be an executive appointment for the remainder of his 2 year term. Have 2 trustee positions to fill. 

IX. Membership- Appeal letter has generated an increase in membership. 326 participating members. Sent 42 postcards and 37 have responded from the mailing. Elaine reaches out personally to get people to respond to her mailings. 

X. Government relations- good relationships with the towns of Wells and Poultney and the State. 

XI. Old Business- Hilary from Lake wise program educate caring for your property and has targeted certain areas on the Lake. Evaluated 30 propertied on the Lake to increase best practices and property management to decrease shoreline erosion and run off. Lake wise takes surveys and manages the information to show results and best practices utilized by property owners. 54 reservation s for tonight’s dinner meeting. John requested a $200.00 facility fee for the use of the LSCCC club house. Motion made and second , all in favor to allocate the money to pay the LSCCC. The Fund raiser raffle will be sold at the dinner meeting. Questioned how the LSCA will respond to our position regarding the Little Lake. Discussion followed how to resolve the conflict between the two areas and how to proceed. Questioned raised regarding the State Park and if they report on the conditions of the Lake and the flow of patrons to the Lake. LSCA is in touch with the State park, notifying them when the treatment dates are. Discussed the present position regarding the closing of GMC. How is the town of Poultney dealing with this situation? Grant writing- Martha is preparing for next year and how to position ourselves to get the most funding available. Elaine requested to redesign the membership card. And how to recognize the members who contribute more then just the membership dues. Do we have levels of contributions such as Gold, Silver and Bronze. How to acknowledge people’s contributions and how to increase membership donations.  

XII. Motion to adjourn meeting, second and all in favor. Meeting adjourned at 10:22. Respectfully submitted, Kemi McShane recording secretary. 

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