LSCCF Leaders Discuss Lake Management at Regional Lake Conference

The North American Lake Management Society held its annual conference in Saratoga Springs, New York during the week of November 16.  NALMS is an organization whose purpose is “to forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow.”

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LSCCF Hydro-raking Application Denied

Each year as a service to our members, the LSCCF arranges for hydro-raking to be done at the waterfronts of those who request the service.  We sent in our annual application in January 22, 2015.  On January 26 ANR received our application for a permit to hydro-rake 11 properties during the spring/summer of 2015.  Anticipating approval (as has been the case for many years) we arranged for the state to do its inspections of the sites early in the spring, and arranged with a contractor to begin the hydro-raking by mid-June, assuming the permit would be issued.

The agency did the inspections on June 18, but no permit was issued subsequently.  On June 24 we received a temporary notification that the approval of the permit would be unlikely, since the inspections of the hydro-rake locations did not prove the use of a hydro-rake was needed.  We notified all of the 11 hydro-rake applicants, and some of them complained to the agency with explanations telling why the hydro-raking was absolutely essential to their areas.  These complaints were answered with polite but inconclusive language, leaving the individuals frustrated.  The agency’s formal response was actually very long in coming, not arriving until October 29, 2015, long after the season for lake use was over. Their decision was to deny permission to all eleven of the applicants. Read more on LSCCF Hydro-raking Application Denied…

Lake Continues to Deepen in Aeration Zone

The season’s final measurements of the aeration zone  were taken October 16th, 2015, by Vice President David Emmons.  Here are his observations on the lake

while taking these readings. The water level in the lake is still quite low. The water column is absolutely clear, and there is a nice balance of native plant life in the aeration zone. Decline in Eurasian watermilfoil in the aeration zone continues. Many areas of exposed gravel bottom can be seen eastward of diffusers 1, 2, and 3. The water column looks very clear with no algae balls at all (I mention this because this is the second year of this clear water column, absent of the tiny algae balls that have filled the water column from spring to fall in the past).

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