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posted Jul 19, 2018, 5:44 PM by Lake Iroquois Association   [ updated Jul 19, 2018, 5:47 PM ]

A new guide for lakeshore property owners

posted Jul 19, 2018, 5:39 PM by Lake Iroquois Association

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has released a new guide for lakeshore property owners: Sharing the Edge: A Guide to Lakeshore Property Owners in Vermont.  

This guide covers permitting to describing the ideal shoreline.  It is a great resource for lifelong property owners to those that have newly acquired a place by the water.  

August 14: The Vermont Loon Conservation Project

posted Jul 19, 2018, 5:29 PM by Lake Iroquois Association

6:30 p.m. Carpenter -Carse Library, Hinesburg

Find our more about the Lake Iroquois loons and the project Vermont loon project.  In this program, Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) biologist, Eric Hanson, will discuss the amazing recovery of loons in Vermont over the past 30 years, the threats that they face, and the conservation actions that have brought them back, including capture and rescue stories. We’ll also explore their fascinating behaviors and natural history, including new research on how loons find a territory, what is being conveyed in the yodel call, and new findings on their migration pathways. The VLCP is a program of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.


View the announcement attached below


LIA Garden Tour - Sat July 28th - Free and open to all

posted Jul 5, 2018, 6:55 PM by Lake Iroquois Association   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 6:56 PM ]

LIA Garden Tour

Plant Sale & Picnic

Saturday, July 28th

Free and open to all


3-5 PM “Garden Stroll down Pineshore Drive”


Lauren Jenness, from the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation, will lead a tour of several properties that are Vermont Lake-friendly. LIA’s own Shannon Kelly will discuss the Ecosystem Restoration Project. Meet us to start the tour at 3 PM at the turn on Pine Shore Road.

Look for “LIA Garden Tour” signs by road and by shore.


5-7 PM Picnic- 129 Wood Run - Randy Kay & Marj Meyer camp

Look for “LIA Garden Tour” signs by road and by shore.


Picnic Food - Beer, wine, water, lemonade, hot dogs, hamburgers,veggie burgers, and cake. Feel free to bring sides and salads.They are welcome but not necessary.

Rodney Putnam, singer and guitarist, will be our special entertainment at the picnic


Plant Sale - Preorder native plants to pick up at the picnic and save 10% or select plants at the picnic for purchase. Chris Conant will donate 25% of the proceeds to the LIA. (Order form is below.)


Corrinna Panapay, District Manager, Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District, will discuss the shore erosion projects taking place on Lake Iroquois and grant opportunities or lake residents for projects on their shorelines.



For further information contact:



Jane Marinsky

Hiring Greeter - Lake Iroquois Boat Access

posted Apr 24, 2018, 5:56 PM by Lake Iroquois Association   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 5:56 PM ]

Are you looking for part-time weekend work this summer?
Are you interested in helping the environment by controlling the spread of invasive plants and animals in Vermont's waterways?
Do you have good people skills and the ability to perform moderate physical tasks?

If so, you may be a good candidate for a Greeter position at the Lake Iroquois Boat Access! Greeters at the Lake Iroquois Boat Access will perform inspections on crafts such as boats, canoes and kayaks both entering and exiting the lake, as well as provide educational information to the public about the prevention of invasive plants and animals. Greeters will also use a high-pressure gasoline-powered washer on crafts both entering and exiting the lake to remove any invasive species. Great job for a Retiree looking for outdoor summer work, or a college student with an interest in aquatic biology and aquatic science, or anyone passionate about protecting Vermont's waterways.
  • Pay is $15.00 an hour.
  • The program will run weekends (Friday evening – Sunday) from May 25 through Labor Day.
  • Greeters will be trained by reps from the VT Department of Environmental Conservation on boat inspections and boat washing; this training will be in May prior to the season opening.
If interested please email me your resume and a cover letter to:
JIM JOHNSON, JJohnson@cssu.org

2017 Aquatic Plant Survey- Just Released!

posted Feb 22, 2018, 5:24 PM by Lake Iroquois Association   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 5:28 PM ]

In 2017 LIA requested a plant survey be conducted of Lake Iroquois and Sunset Pond.  
The report was completed by Darrin Fresh Water Institute

Fall 2017 Newsletter Posted

posted Oct 12, 2017, 5:42 PM by Lake Iroquois Association

Lake Iroquois Stream Remediation and Erosion Control Project

posted Aug 31, 2017, 6:16 PM by Lake Iroquois Association   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 6:33 PM ]

The overall aim of this project is to achieve velocity dissipation, reduce erosion, and decrease sediment carried into the lake by the stream paralleling Pine Shore Drive. In addition, the project seeks to restore a more natural stream bed to reduce channelization and scouring. The project will be undertaken in two parts:
  • Reshape and line the ditches paralleling Pine Shore Drive and create proper turnouts and road crowning to reduce runoff
  • Stream remediation by restoring the natural streambed and flood plain 
The stream remediation and flood plain restoration work was completed on August 17, 2017 and is described in this report.

Open the PDF below to view the presentation and for additional details about the project. 

Public Meeting - Milfoil Control with Herbicide

posted Apr 12, 2017, 5:44 PM by Lake Iroquois Association   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 5:53 PM ]

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Aquatic Nuisance Control Public Informational Meeting Notice

The towns of Hinesburg and Williston have requested the Department of Environmental Conservation hold a public information meeting on the draft decision for Aquatic Nuisance Control draft permit 2240-ANC, which pertains to the proposed use of an aquatic herbicide, Sonar AS, in Lake Iroquois.

The public information meeting will be held at the Hinesburg Town Hall:

10632 VT-116, Hinesburg, VT 05461

Thursday May 4, 2017

6 PM – 8 PM

Written comments may be submitted to ANR.WSMDShoreland@vermont.gov. Comments received by the Department of Environmental Conservation during the public notice period, which expires on 4/21, or at the public information meeting shall be taken into consideration in the decision, which will be formalized in a Response Summary that shall be issued with the decision.

Background:

The mission of the Lake Iroquois Association (LIA) is to maintain and enhance water quality and a healthy ecosystem in Lake Iroquois. LIA has been working for many years to control and prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) into the lake. However, even with all of these efforts, which are ongoing, the infestation of Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) has spread to the point that it has severely impacted the use of the lake, squeezed out many native species, and has in some areas become so dense and matted that it has caused algae blooms on the lake surface. With no natural limitations, this serious infestation could continue to spread and destroy large portions of the lake ecosystem. After discussions with many lake associations around the state, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials, and other experts, the LIA decided to pursue a lake-wide use of herbicides. The LIA in partnership with the Town of Williston applied for a state permit to use Sonar A.S.  (active ingredient fluridone). Eurasian Water Milfoil is a broadleaf plant and is sensitive at very low concentrations of 5-8 Parts Per Billion, well below the drinking water levels set by the US EPA (150 PPB) and the State of New York (50 PPB). Sonar has been widely used in Vermont and around the country and it has been tested and studied for many years. 

For more information please visit: www.lakeiroquois.org  

What is Eurasian Water Milfoil(EWM) and why is it a problem now?

      EWM is an invasive aquatic plant. It is spread by fragmentation. EWM forms thick mats that prevent swimming, paddling, sailing, fishing and motor boating.

      If uncontrolled the problem could worsen and existing infested areas could increase in density.

      Milfoil has become the dominant aquatic plant in the lake, creating a monoculture of EWM in some areas, causing the native aquatic plant species to disappear (1984 45 species, 2012 35 species, 2014 33 species)

Why use an herbicide and is it safe?

      Using the herbicide Sonar is the most cost effective technique that will least disrupt the lake ecosystem, allowing for control of this lake-wide infestation.

      Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting is very expensive, removes native plants and disrupts the lake bottom.

      Benthic barriers are very expensive, block all plants from growing and need to be removed annually.

      Weevils were tried but couldn’t be procured in sufficient numbers to be effective.

      Sonar is safe, it will be used in concentrations(5-8 Parts Per Billion) below the drinking water levels set by the US EPA(150 PPB) and State of New York(50 PPB).

      The application will be done by a professional application company and will be monitored independently.

      Sonar breaks down in the environment and doesn’t accumulate in plants or animals.

Will this one treatment remove all Eurasian Water Milfoil from the lake?

      Unfortunately, once EWM is in a water body, it is almost impossible to completely eradicate it. The goal of this program is to control EWM in the lake, so it isn’t a nuisance.

      In subsequent years, Benthic Barriers will be installed at the fishing access to maintain a clear channel and prevent fragmentation and spread by boats entering and leaving the lake.

      Regular surveys of the lake will be done to monitor the situation and track any recurrences.

      Another herbicide treatment may be needed in 4-5 years but will depend on recurrence and effectiveness of lake monitoring and mechanical removal before it spreads.

Pat Suozzi                                Jamie Carroll                                                     Chris Conant

LIA President                           LIA Director & Milfoil Chair                 LIA Secretary and Fundraising Chair

 

Lake Iroquois Association

PO Box 569 Hinesburg, VT 05461

lakeiroquoisassociation@gmail.com

 

 

 

Preparing for Spring- Benthic Mats

posted Nov 30, 2016, 5:05 PM by Lake Iroquois Association   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 5:08 PM ]

This past season, if you used the public access ramp you might have noticed the thick bed of milfoil around the access point.  To help keep the area clear, the Lake Iroquois Association has applied for permits to place Benthic mats at the fishing access for next season.  These mats cover the lake floor and prohibit the growth of milfoil in that area.  
We will keep you posted on the progress!

Wondering how you can help LIA keep the lake healthy and vibrant for recreational use? 

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