The LSCCF Board at Work – Notes from the July 18, 2020 Board Meeting
In a small sign of progress, the July meeting was held in person with several board members calling in. Barring any major deterioration in COVID-19 conditions, our next meeting will be held at 9 am, Saturday, August 29 at the Wells Town Office with standard social distancing restrictions. Members and friends are welcome. Please check our website, lakematters.com, for any scheduling changes.
The key issues discussed this month included final arrangements for this year’s Annual Meeting; near-final planning for a meeting with the LSCA Board on the pros and cons of aeration and bioaugmentation; a proposal from the LSCA Board for a three-year approach for the use of herbicides in Little Lake; potential problems with the proposed dredging project; and, a visit to Little Lake by Oliver Pierson, the new head of DEC’s Lakes and Ponds Division.
After assessing the risks and rewards, the Board decided to hold this year’s LSCCF Annual Meeting virtually. The meeting will be recorded August 1 and posted on-line shortly thereafter.
DEC’s Misha Cetner and Dr. Jennifer Jones will make the key presentations at a joint meeting between the LSCCF and LSCA boards to consider possible solutions for the problems of excess vegetation and organic muck in Little Lake. This will be a virtual meeting on Tuesday, August 25, and the results will be posted on-line immediately thereafter.
The Board reviewed a LSCA proposal for a three-year program to treat Little Lake with herbicides. The plan calls for the possible use of herbicides on 40% of Little Lake’s littoral zone in the first year, with the area to be treated to be determined at a later date. The estimated first-year cost is $32,000. While emphasizing that herbicides cannot address the problem of excess muck, the Board agreed that this proposal should be considered as a possible component of a multi-faceted approach to the issues plaguing Little Lake. It will be further considered after the August 25 meeting with the DEC and the LSCA Board.
A Possible Delay in the Dredging Project: At its monthly meeting in July, the Delaney Committee decided that it needs further information on the proposal to use the barn foundation behind the milk house as a dewatering site. The committee members requested that a LSCCF board member and a representative of the Vermont Land Trust attend its August 10 meeting to discuss the proposal. Delaying this decision until mid-August may mean that the project cannot be carried out this season, however.
Oliver Pierson visited Little Lake for the first time on July 17. David Emmons took him on a tour of the lake, accompanied by Bob Short, Rick Newell, and State Representative Robin Chestnut-Tangerman. This was a tremendous opportunity to expose Pierson to the real-life problems confronting those who love to enjoy the lake. The visit also set the stage for favorable DEC consideration of the follow-up responses the Board sent to the DEC on July 13 regarding our aeration and bioaugmentation permit applications. Pierson has agreed to organize a follow up meeting between the LSCCF Board and the DEC after the August 25 discussion of the pros and cons of aeration and bioaugmentation.
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