Lake Bomoseen Community Area

IMPORTANT NOTE: If anyone has not received their Spring Newsletter with the Membership Form, please let us know at As you may know, we are in the middle of our membership renewal drive for 2014-2015. If you wish to renew your membership by PayPal, please Click Here.

2014 Events Calendar

Board monthly meetings: third Thursdays at Castleton Community Center: Jan. 16, Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, & Dec. 18
 Annual LBA meeting: June 28, Castleton State College, 9 AM
All member picnic; June 28 at 5 PM, location TBA
July 4 - Fireworks, July 5 - Boat parade  
4PM Socials: fourth Thursdays: June 26, July 24, August 28...possible expansion into fall and winter, locations  
TBA Education Series: second Saturdays:
May 10 - Shoreline plantings and rain gardens presented by Emily DeBolt, Fiddlehead Creek Nursery.
June 14 - VT septic systems, presented by Jim Leamy, Health Officer town of Castleton, at Kehoe Conservation Camp
July 12 - Bomoseen history presented by Don Thompson, author and historian; at Kehoe Camp
Aug, 9 - Milfoil and Bomoseen presented by Terry Moran, LBA Water Quality Chair., at Kehoe Camp  
Fund raisers:
September 13, Tour the lake and visit some sights on members' pontoon boats with box lunch,
October 3 - Night Glow Golf;
October 4 – Octoberfest on the lake
Sailing regattas: Saturday mornings during the summer, Frank Gianinni
Kayaking: Wednesday mornings in the summer, Joan Argentero and Joan Chader
Open water kayak/canoe: on the north end of lake to experience wildlife:  First Sundays of months May-October, Mike Morris; park at fishing access north end
Long distant swimming: June 1 - Sept. 1, 7-8AM, Tuesdays, park on Prospect Bay Road, JoAnn Calvi
Kayak and Canoe demos: Sunday mornings during the summer at fishing access north end; Mike Morris.  

Lake Bomoseen Association (LBA)

THE LAKE BOMOSEEN ASSOCIATION, INC. was formed and incorporated in 1956 by a group of neighbors who loved and cared for Lake Bomoseen and wanted to see it thrive.
We continue today to love and care for the Lake and want the Lake to thrive environmentally, financially and socially in the future.
We value and seek to preserve the historic and natural beauty of the Lake. We work to assure the health of the Lake and its fauna and flora.
We are intensively involved in the battle against current and future invasive species and plants. We run a Greeter Program whereby we inspect all boats launched at the public accesses to prevent the introduction of invasive species.
We encourage and promote safe boating; set and light the guidance and warning buoys; provide the Fourth of July fireworks; and sponsor the Neighborhood socials and picnic each year.
We do all this in close concert with the State of Vermont who owns the lake and the Townships of Castleton and Hubbardton, which surround the Lake. We partner together for preservation and lake management. We engage with the Department of Environment Control, the Agency of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, State Representatives and local government and law enforcement on behalf of the Lake community. We enhance communication through quarterly newsletters, an up to date website, continuous Facebook updates, and Community Bulletin Board postings. An LBA sponsored Lake Bomoseen Perk Card provides discounts from local businesses that support our Lake and appreciate our members’ participation.
LBA is a not-for-profit corporation, 501(c)(7) governed by a Board of Directors elected each year at the summer annual meeting by the vote of the General Membership.
LBA is a proud charter member of the Vermont Lakes Coalition.

News & Events 4/15/2014

Senate and House Tussle Over Lake Shore Development Rules

From, John Herrick, Apr. 13 2014

A Vermont House and Senate conference committee is in tense negotiations over the shorelands protection bill.

House members want to scale back the scope of the legislation, which is designed to preserve aquatic and shoreline habitat along Vermont’s lakes.

Senators, meanwhile, are unwilling to budge on stronger environmental protections in their version of H.526.

Agency of Natural Resources officials who helped to shape the Senate bill say weakening the legislation will undermine the agency’s implementation efforts.

Sen. Diane Snelling, R-Chittenden, made shorelands protection a personal priority this session. After serving on the Lake Shoreland Protection Commission over the summer, Snelling worked with the Agency of Natural Resources to create permit language in the bill that sets conditions for development of shoreline property.

Sen. Diane Snelling, R-Chittenden, vice chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, heard testimony on ANR’s proposed shoreline protection bill last week. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The House proposes to replace the statutory permitting guidelines with a public input process for new conditions and legislative rulemaking.

Snelling, who is vice chair of the Natural Resources Committee, insists the statutory guidelines must stay in place.

“If the discussion is should we go to a totally different approach, or should we go with something that we worked out over a long period of time with a lot of voices, we’re going to stay resolute with what we have done,” Snelling told her House counterparts.

Trey Martin, senior policy adviser for the Department of Environmental Conservation, said the department has drafted a flexible permitting process that includes limits on cutting vegetative cover within a certain distance from shorelines.

“That’s the bill that we believe in,” Martin said. “That’s a program that we are working really hard to implement right now.”

Scaling back the bill to the House version would be “a major sea change,” he said, and would require the agency to undo work it has already begun.

“This bill is a totally different direction; it’s back to rulemaking,” he said, in a reference to the House version. “It’s going to offset a lot of work that we’re currently doing.”

Environmental groups say the Senate bill is an improvement to the House bill, which originally spurred anxiety about what new permitting guidelines the agency would hand down.

Anthony Iarrapino, a senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation, said the House approach “was widely panned by folks on all sides of this issue because it created uncertainty and delay.”

It was a full house at a meeting of Lake Shoreland Protection Commission at the East Side Restaurant in Newport on Aug. 9, 2013. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Rep. Bob Krebs, D-South Hero, recommended a provision that would allow the agency to certify private “shoreline consultants” to approve the permits, a new proposal neither chamber’s version of the bill considered.

Snelling rejected Krebs’ recommendation because she said it has not been properly vetted in either chamber.

Under the Senate bill, projects within the protected zone (within 250 feet of the shoreline) would be subject to a new set of standards: no construction on a 20 percent slope; less than 40 percent of the parcel’s area can be cleared of its natural vegetative cover; and less than 20 percent of a parcel’s area can contain impervious surfaces that prevent the absorption of water runoff.

The Senate proposals includes permit exemptions for clearing a 6-foot wide path down to the water, for projects within the existing footprint of a home, and the maintenance of existing lawns, gardens or beaches. Lakeshore projects less than 100 square feet in size, such as the construction of a shed or boathouse, would require a 15-day registration.

The House version of the bill requires a permit for construction projects that are larger than 500 square feet, clearing areas of more than 500 square feet or the creation of an impervious area that is more than 20 percent of the shoreland lot or more than 500 square feet.


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Local News 3/22/2014

The new membership brochures and Newsletter have been mailed to all Lake Bomosee...

The new membership brochures and Newsletter have been mailed to all Lake Bomoseen homeowners and friends. Please renew your membership and invite a friend to join. Numbers count when we speak to State officials, as we advocate for the Lake. Be heard...

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