The LSCCF’s plans to do a dredging project in the northwest part of Little Lake got a temporary setback when Perry Thomas, manager of DEC’s Lakes and Ponds Division, made the shocking announcement at a recent meeting that the entire Little Lake area, over 100 acres of lake, had been newly designated as wetlands under the wetlands protection act.
The opposition to this decision from the LSCCF, the Lake St. Catherine Association, the Wells Select Board, and local residents came quickly and forcefully. What criteria and what data were used to make this decision? Why weren’t those involved in monitoring the lake consulted? How would this affect dredging and other restoration projects? How badly will this erode property values? What does this mean for the future of the lake?