Education

There are several educational approaches used by the Lake Iroquois Association.

  • LIA creates and distributes a Lake Shore Homeowner's Manual.  The 2015 edition is now available. Download Today. For a print copy, send an email to: lakeiroquoisassociation@gmail.com.


  • 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. 

  • Volunteers attend many seminars and workshops. 
     
    Members of the LIA Board attended the Vermont Lake Seminar on June 2, 2011
     Members of the LIA Board attended the Vermont Lakes Seminar on June 2, 2011.
  • 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.


Lake and Watershed Protection: The Basics

Just about everything people do on the land can affect water resources. We can choose to conduct our activities in such a way that we can continue to enjoy Vermont’s lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands, and they can remain healthy into the future. 

Good land management protects a lake from:

• Phosphorus enrichment—or “eutrophication” is the accumulation of the nutrient phosphorus resulting in algae blooms, problem weed growth, and less clear water.

• Sedimentation—eroded soil settles in the lake, making mucky deltas and filling in coves and shallow areas. Eroded soil also carries phosphorus into the lake.

• Damage to fish and wildlife habitat—eroded soil fills in the spaces between rocks in streams that are essential to quality habitat for fish, aquatic insects, and amphibians. Fine silt deposited in lake shallows likewise fills in the needed spaces between rocks, leaves, and branches that provide healthy and diverse in-lake habitat.

• Shoreline erosion—unstable lake shorelines are most often the result of removal of native vegetation.



Good land management focuses on:

• Reducing nutrient runoff into lakes and streams through preventing soil erosion, reduction in fertilizer use near water, and proper household waste disposal.

• Preventing soil erosion through maintenance or reestablishment of naturally vegetated stream banks and lakeshores, use of erosion control measures during construction, adherence to “acceptable management practices” during forestry and agriculture operations, and good road and driveway maintenance.

• Maintenance of naturally vegetated buffers along lakeshores and conserving undeveloped shores wherever possible, protection of wetlands, and conservation of stream and river “corridors.”

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources - 
Water Quality Division - Lake Protection Advise

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