The LSCCF Board at Work – Notes from the March 20, 2021 Board Meeting
The key issues discussed during the March meeting included next steps in response to the resignations of two Board members; a review of legal advice regarding a possible appeal of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial of the LSCCF’s permit application to install a full-lake laminar flow aeration (LFA) system in Little Lake; progress in joint LSCCF-Lake St. Catherine Association (LSCA) fundraising efforts for the proposed three-year program to use herbicide in Little Lake; and, ongoing efforts to coordinate between the harvesting and herbicide use programs.
In the wake of the DEC decision to confirm its denial of our full-lake LFA permit application and other issues, two members of the Board – David Emmons and Rich Young – submitted their resignations. One of the original founders of the LSCCF, David had tirelessly worked for more than a decade to find an environmentally-friendly way to address the twin problems of accumulating organic sediment and excess vegetation growth in Little Lake. Rich had not been a Board member for as long, but had already demonstrated a tremendous capacity for getting things done. We will miss them both. Pending the selection of a new slate of directors at the midsummer Annual Meeting, the Board asked Vice President Michael Marine to serve as interim President. Current board members will be actively recruiting new blood to join them on the Board. Please step up and help us protect Little Lake!
Based on advice we received from a prominent Vermont law firm specializing in environmental law, the Board decided not to appeal the DEC’s denial of our LFA permit application. The path to success was simply too uncertain and costly, both in terms of manpower and money. Instead, the Board will redouble its efforts to coordinate with the LSCA on the herbicide project, and work to establish measures to monitor for any adverse consequences. In addition, we will continue to gather data on the problems of deepening muck and excess plant growth in Little lake. Despite the DEC’s intransigence, the LSCCF Board remains convinced that LFA, coupled with the use of bio-augmentation in the form of enzymes, is the most effective way to counteract these factors that are impeding normal recreational use (boating, swimming, etc.) in Little Lake. We will continue to fight for their use.
The Board reviewed final details for the launch of the joint LSCCF-LSCA fundraising campaign to support the herbicide plan. Since then, many people in the community, from all parts of the lake, have contributed generously to the campaign. We have enough funds for Year One and good running start on meeting the needs for Year Two. Thank You!
One of the key issues of concern is how to ensure that the harvester program, which remains absolutely essential to maintaining navigational channels in Little Lake, does not adversely impact evaluation of the effectiveness of the herbicide program on the spread of Eurasian water milfoil (EWM). The Board agreed to continue detailed discussions with DEC and LSCA representatives to find the right balance to achieve both objectives – clear navigation in Little Lake and minimal reseeding of EWM in the channel and points north of the bridge.
Our next meeting will be a virtual one and is scheduled to be held at 9 am, Saturday, April 24. Please check our website, lakematters.com, for any scheduling changes.
We hope that you find this information helpful. Please direct questions or comments to Michael Marine at email@example.com.