On February 13, the LSCCF hosted a seminar on the effects of aeration in reduction of sediment and Eurasian watermilfoil at the Wells Town Hall. The session was attended by Vermont DEC officials, LSCCF Directors, aeration expert Brian Kling, local citizens, and other lake associations (along with LSCCF, Bomoseen, Dunmore and Hortonia were represented). Representing the Vermont DEC were officials, Perry Thomas (Lakes and Ponds Program Manager), Ethan Swift (Watershed Coordinator), and Misha Cetner (Aquatic Nuisance Control). Brian Kling is a professional engineer working with Clean-Flo International, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company that specializes in natural methods of improving water quality and lake restoration.
The aeration experiment is underway with the sixth grade class of the Wells Village School. Conservation Fund President Bill Steinmetz briefed these junior limnologists (lake scientists) on the lake restoration work and the role of the experiment. The students working with their teacher Barbara Pennington will keep records during the next six months as we quantify the effects of aeration and enzyme combinations on un-decomposed lake sludge. As the photos show, they are a committed and serious group of young scientists.