posted Dec 9, 2015, 6:39 PM by Lake Iroquois Association

The autumn has been very kind to us who live on the lake year round.  Many days of sun have made the colors vibrant and the air mild with an occasional frosty night.  The lake is quiet and peaceful now as we look back at our activities this past year and look forward to plans for the coming year.

This year with your help and support the LIA continued to sponsor the greeter program at the fishing access; continued working with VT DEC to test and monitor the water quality of the lake; sponsored blue-green algae training for lake residents and added a new blue-green algae monitoring site at the south end of the lake; updated the Homeowners’ Manual and continued to publish our newsletter and update the web site.  

The LIA has also been awarded a $15000 grant from The Lake Champlain Basin Program to create a wash station at the fishing access.  This will aid in helping to remove invasives that might be carried on boats entering or leaving the lake.  We plan to have this in operation in time for the 2016 boating season.  In addition, the beach erosion project, which we jointly sponsored with the Lake Iroquois Recreation District, has been completed.  We hope that this new configuration will lead to much less erosion into the lake due to runoff and snowmelt this winter.  

Our most intense focus this year has been tackling the growing problem of Eurasian Water Milfoil in the lake.  This summer the LIA appointed a Milfoil Working Group, led by LIA board member Jamie Carroll, to study the options for milfoil control and remediation.  Recognizing that once milfoil is established in a water body, it is nearly impossible to eradicate completely, the Working Group has focused on methods to reduce it, to the extent possible, and to control its spread.  After much detailed research, visits to other Vermont lakes which are already ahead of us in fighting milfoil, and meetings with state water scientists and regulators, the Working Group has proposed, and the LIA Board has approved, the following:

  • To use a two pronged approach including both mechanical harvesting and selective, targeted herbicide treatment
  • To apply for two state permits: one for mechanical harvesting which is good for 10 years and one for the selective herbicide treatment which is good for 5 years.
  • To develop a detailed 5 year treatment plan that will be balanced and effective.

Over the next several months, as the plan is developed, we will be sending out updates via email and the web site.  We welcome your comments, your insights, and your help with this and all of the LIA projects.

And most importantly, we need your financial support.  This work cannot happen without your membership and contributions. We hope that you will renew your membership or become a new member for 2016 and that you will consider an additional contribution.  All of us working together can truly make a difference in preserving and protecting our beautiful lake.

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