The Lake Iroquois Greeters check boats at the Lake Iroquois Public Boat Access to ensure invasive species (plant and animal) do not enter the lake. Their responsibilities include boat inspection and boat washing. They are on duty and the pressurized hot-water boat wash station is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They are also on duty for the July 4 holiday.
As of 2018, Vermont law requires that a boat be washed if a greeter is on duty, the boat wash is operating at the time, and the greeter determines that the boat needs to be washed. These conditions apply for boats entering AND leaving the water. The greeters have documentation that more completely explains this law.
The pressurized hot-water boat wash station at Lake Iroquois has been designated by the state as an Approved Aquatic Nuisance Species Inspection Station, and all greeters have been trained in all duties by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. This is just one more step the LIA is taking to improve lake water quality.
Greeters are hired each spring for the summer season. Ads are usually posted in March. Follow us on Facebook or check here at that time for the ad. We also welcome people who would like to be trained to identify invasive species and would like to participate in the greeter program on a voluntary basis. If interested, email us at LakeIroquoisAssociation@. gmail.com
The Lake Iroquois Association Greeter Program is overseen by the LIA Board of Directors and managed by Jim Johnson. The program is funded by Lake Iroquois Association members and donors and by an Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. In addition, the Greeter Program receives in-kind staff support from the Town of Williston and the Town of Hinesburg Fire Department gives in-kind support by providing clean water for boat washing.
Jim is a Williston resident and graduate of the University of Vermont. Jim has been managing the beach for the Lake Iroquois Recreation District for many years and has now added overseeing the LIA Greeters to his responsibilities. Jim grew up on a family dairy farm that still operates in Williston. He has worked as a bus driver full-time for Champlain Valley Union High School for 29 years. For the the past 7 years, he has also worked part time driving a bus for CCTA/GMT in Burlington.