Several directors (Tim Makepeace, Ron Dreher, and Bill Steinmetz) met with the Executive Director of the Lake George Association, C. Walter Lender on Friday October 1st. Walter is a family friend of our president, Bill Steinmetz, so the meeting had a family as well as a lake business feel to it.
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.
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.”
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.
Story in Lakes Region Free Press on July 16, 2010 & Rutland Herald on July 17, 2010
Picked up by Burlington Free Press, NECN, Greenwich Times, Stamford Advocate, Fox 44 News, WCAX 3 News, The Boston Globe, The Associated Press, philly.com, Brattleboro Reformer, and more on July 18, 2010
In 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.
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.