LSCCF President and VP Make Gains at FOVLAP Meeting

On September 24 President Bill Steinmetz and Vice President Ron Dreher attended a meeting of the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds. Ron, who is also a member of the Board of Directors of FOVLAP, had previously arranged for Bill to make a presentation regarding the findings and Strategic Plan of the LSCCF. In his talk, Bill explained the process of bio-remediation, a technique the LSCCF has studied and found successful in rehabilitating lakes similar to ours.

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LSCCF is Now a Charitable Organization

On September 7, we received from the IRS the official announcement that we are now a 501 c 3 organization — actually since June 3, 2010. We have qualified as a “public charity” and “contributions … are deductible under section 170 of the (IRS) code.” We are also “qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devices, transfers or gifts under (IRS) section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.”

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LSCCF Surveys Lake Treatments

During the last several weeks, some LSCCF Directors have visited lakes employing a system for lake rehabilitation known as bioremediation. The process focuses on the effect of aerating the organic sediment, which encourages its decomposition and its function as a medium for plant growth. This results in a decrease in sediment and an increase in water depth and clarity. Sometimes the process is enhanced by the application of natural enzymes that encourage the decomposition process.

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Lower Lake Clearing/Work Party – LSCCF Crew Clears Channel Boat Route

close-up-haulin_opt4webIn mid-May a group led by the LSCCF conducted a channel-clearing project in the lower channel of Lake St. Catherine. This project became a necessity because beavers had laid in large amounts of tangled tree limbs and sticks of wood over the last year that clogged the channel and made it impossible for residents of the lower channel to get their boats in and out.

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Bass Habitats Inserted into Lake

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has approved a permit for the fishing organization known as Rutland Bass to provide woody habitats for fish in Lake St. Catherine. At up to 20 locations, trees and branches will be anchored to the bottom of the lake to provide such habitats. These will be in about 15 feet of water and there will be at least 5 feet of water depth above them. They are not expected to interfere with any recreational activities on the lake. The insertion of the trees and branches may be completed any time before November 1, 2015. All of the locations are around the perimeter of the big lake only.

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LSCCF Team Confirms Depth in Little Lake

auger_webA group of LSCCF Directors took advantage of the frozen lake surface to re-measure the depth to hard bottom in Little Lake on March 19. Their findings confirmed and enhanced a 2007 study reported in our Lake Restoration Strategy document. Fran Gilman, Bill Frye, and Bill Steinmetz ventured out with an auger supplied by Al Cote and drilled several holes in the ice at various locations on Little Lake. They lowered a graduated 40-foot probe, constructed by Fran, through the holes until the pole reached a firm, hard bottom, and recorded the depth. Most of the trials showed depths of over 30 feet, with one location too deep for the pole to reach bottom, confirming that there is at least one spot in Little Lake over 40 feet deep.

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