Activities & Projects


Lake Improvement Actions, Project & Initiatives
You can be part of the exciting work that helps us achieve our mission to maintain and enhance healthy ecosystems and appropriate public uses of Lake Iroquois and those aspects of its watershed which impact on the health and well being of the lake. 

Check out our activities and projects, and visit our volunteering page.


Two methods of monitoring are in place on Lake Iroquois, Lay Monitoring and Vermont Invasive Patroller (VIP).  Both are implemented state-wide by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.  Volunteers for the Lake Iroquois Association, as lay monitors, measure water clarity and nutrient levels.  As VIPs, they traverse the lake looking for new invasive aquatic plants and animals.  In 2011, we  implemented a sampling plan at several tributaries to determine where high levels of nutrients are entering the lake.  In 2012, we are continuing this effort and have added additional tributaries to monitor.  This effort is supported by a grant to cover the cost of chemical analysis at the state’s LaRosa Lab.

One of the most prominent efforts at prevention is education of boaters about, and inspecting boats for, invasive aquatic plants and animals.  The introduction of nutrients into the lake from storm water runoff is a second, and very major, impact to the lake.  Prevention efforts include implementing methods to mitigate the introduction of nutrients from such runoffs.  In 2012, our Better Back Roads grant funded the building of a set of catchment basins on Pine Shore Road to help mitigate storm water runoff.

Our first few years have focused on immediate actions to slow down or stop actions that negatively affect the water quality of the lake.  A management plan, in process, provides us with a road map to ensure long-term improvements to the lake through coordinated efforts and actions.
Several studies have been completed on Lake Iroquois since 1984.  In 2010, volunteers for the Lake Iroquois Association, with assistance from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, completed a 3-phase survey (in-lake, shoreland and watershed) to identify and prioritize required actions that make the biggest impact on improving the lake.
There are several educational approaches used by the Lake Iroquois Association.  Volunteer and paid greeters at the fishing access educate boaters on steps they need to take to eliminate the introduction of new invasives to the lake and removal of any upon recovery after spending time on the lake.  In 2010, the association created two booklets: a boater’s handout (available to any boater from a greeter), and a homeowner’s brochure for shoreland property owners which provides tips on care of the property to minimize impact on water quality.  Volunteers attend many seminars and workshops.  In addition, we provide information to lake shore and watershed residents through newsletters, Front Porch Forum and other avenues.  We arrange speakers at the annual picnic and workshops to help our neighbors learn and understand why we do what we do.
The Lake Iroquois Association is a member of the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds (FOVLAP).  This allows communication with representatives of other lakes in Vermont as well as state employees.  In addition, we meet with town and state officials on matters related to the actions and concerns on our lake.














Want to learn more?  Bookmark this web site and check often for updates, read the LIA Monitor (all issues posted on this site, sent via e-mail, and distributed in hard copy) or contact a board member.

The association is always looking for volunteers and directors. 

Contact any board member for more information.


Lake Iroquois Association Projects

Below is a list of projects initiated and completed by the Lake Iroquois Association to improve the quality of the lake water.  If a grant was received for a project, refer to the Grants Received page for additional information about the grant.

 

Date

Project

Purpose

Results

Grants?

 Summer 2012
 Pine Shore Rain Garden and Storm Water Mitigation Basins
 To mitigate runoff at Pine Shore Dr., reducing added sediment and nutrients in lake   
 Sediment basins built and operational
 Better Back Roads

Summer 2012

Fishing Access Greeters

Fourth season of paid employees to greet boaters

Four paid greeters to cover all weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2011.  Volunteers to cover weekdays.

ANR “Grant-In-Aid”

 Summer 2011
 Storm water runoff mitigation To mitigate runoff south of Shadow Ln., reducing added sediment and nutrients in lake  Engineering study completed with recommendations for basins and steam support VT Clean & Clear
 Summer 2011
 Fishing Access Greeters Second season of paid employees to greet boaters Four paid greeters covered all weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day ANR “Grant-In-Aid”

Summer 2010

Fishing Access Greeters

Second season of paid employees to greet boaters

Four paid greeters covered all weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day

ANR “Grant-In-Aid”

Summer 2010

Milfoil pull

Pull milfoil from channel at fishing access

Spent one-half day pulling.  “It’s a forest down there.”

Diver time.

Summer 2010

Lake Survey

3-level survey to define problem areas

Completed an in-lake, shoreline and watershed survey.  Identified several tributaries to address

N/A

Summer 2010

Membership Database

Install a software package to maintain address and donation history information for property owners in the watershed and other donors

LifeLine installed and data entered for all property owners.  Donor information entered

LCBP grant covered 100% of the cost to install

Summer 2010

Website design

Implement a web site

Site implemented at www.lakeiroquois.org, designed by 3WPromotions

Lake Champlain Basin Program grant

Summer 2010

Boater brochure

Pamphlet to educate boaters on proper use of the lake and invasive species

Pamphlet created and distributed to boaters using the fishing access

Lake Champlain Basin Program grant

Summer 2010

Homeowner brochure

Booklet on actions homeowners can take to protect the lake

24-page booklet created covering buffer zones, rain barrels, septic systems, etc.

Lake Champlain Basin Program grant

Summer 2010

Better Back Road

Study runoff at Pine Shore Drive and design solutions to mitigate flow of storm water into the lake

Design complete and information documented to be used for implementation of solutions

Better Back Roads grant for $4,000 from ANR

Fall 2009

Milfoil Pulling

Divers to pull milfoil from one area

Cleaned one acre area – four hours

Divers donated time, Association paid expenses.

Summer 2009

Fishing Access Greeters

First season of paid employees to greet boaters

Four paid greeters covered all weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day

ANR “Grant-In-Aid”

Summer 2009

Weevil Introduction

Introduce weevils to consume milfoil

Received shipments of weevils from ANR, introduced into the lake

Donation of weevils from Agency of Natural Resources

Summer 2008

Fishing Access Greeters

Meet boaters and inspect boats to stop introduction of invasive plants and animals

Volunteer greeters staff the access on weekends and many weekdays.  Rotary Club builds a shelter

Yes.  Rotary Club with materials and labor.

Summer 2008

Tax Exempt Status

Obtain IRS 501(c)(3) status

Obtained in July

Yes, $1,500,

Waterwheel Foundation

Summer 2008

Weevil Introduction

Introduce weevils to consume milfoil

Received shipments of weevils from ANR, introduced into the lake

Donation of weevils from Agency of Natural Resources

Summer 2008

Channel Markers

Place channel markers at fishing access, low speed buoys and weevil markers.

Channel markers placed at fishing access, speed buoy behind island and weevil markers at several locations.

ANR “Grant-In-Aid”

Summer 2008

Resume water quality measurements

Measure clarity dept (Secchi), chlorophyll and phosphorous

Measurements resumed for first time since mid 2990s.

Lab work performed by ANR

Summer 2008

VIP Program

Volunteer Vermont Invasive Patrollers inspect the lakebed for new invasive species

Two patrollers inspected the lake twice with no new invasives found

Training by ANR

Spring 2008

Channel Markers and Buoys

Mark the Fishing Access channel, low speed areas and weevil locations

All markers and buoys installed

ANR Grant-In-Aid

Summer 2007

Organize

Form the Lake Iroquois Association

Incorporated in November 2007.  Grant covered incorporation fees, initial newsletters and organizational database setup.

Yes, $2,000, Waterwheel Foundation