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.
A 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.