Lake Bomoseen Community Area

- The November issue of the LBA Newsletter is now available.

- Milfoil Control Statement - approved by the board Nov. 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The 200 CLUB

A new club has started for Lake Bomoseen lovers and users.  It's called the 200 CLUB and if you are concerned about the outrageous amount of milfoil in our lake and would like to do something to reduce it, this club is for you.  Anyone donating $200 to the Lake Bomoseen Association can be part of the solution to the milfoil problem.  ECO-Harvesters cost about $54,000 each and in order to "KILL the MILfoil", we need to purchase at least one that will work round the clock.  So far, we have collected $12,000. Terry Moran and his water quality committee are working out the details now but we need money to get the machine(s) ordered.  Consider joining our club by sending your check made out to Lake Bomoseen Association, Inc. to PO Box 655, Castleton, VT 05735, or you may contribute using the PayPal button below.  You will be awarded by a cleaner Lake Bomoseen.  You will receive a sticker to show others your concern and commitment to a cleaner lake.
 

Kill the MILfoil

Any questions, contact Davene Brown at gdddbrown@hotmail.com or call at 518-265-1267.

- This year, Lake Bomoseen has been home for an usual amount of invasive milfoil.  We plan to do what we can to reduce it but that comes with a cost.  We invite you to attend these events and support our efforts to accomplish this goal.
 
- Any questions, contact Davene Brown at gdddbrown@hotmail.com or call at 518-265-1267. 

- The Shoreland Protection Act, H. 526, is now in effect. Read the VPR News report on the law and perhaps join in the discussion. For the official State version, here is a link to The Vermont Shoreland Protection Act Handbook.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

SUMMER NEWSLETTER

VT LAKES REGION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

2014 Events Calendar

Board monthly meetings: 7 p.m., third Thursdays at Castleton Community Center: Jan. 16, Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 24, May 17, June 19, July 17, Aug. Meeting Cancelled, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, & Dec. 18
Annual LBA meeting: June 28, Castleton State College, Coffee-8:45 AM, Business Meeting-9:15 AM
All member picnic; June 28 at 5 PM, Location: Edgewater Resort
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 - Milfoil and Bomoseen presented by Terry Moran, LBA Water Quality Chair., at Kehoe Camp
Aug, 9 - Bomoseen history presented by Don Thompson, author and historian; at Kehoe Camp 
Fund raisers:
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 10/29/2014

ECO-HARVESTER PURCHASED

We have purchased an ECO-Harvester (website for more info is http://weedersdigest.com/lake-weed-harvester/ that will begin operation in June.  The committee is working with the manufacturer to ensure that the machine will do what we expect. These machines can be used around docks so swimming and launching boats would be less tangled. 
 
The machines are also good skimmers so will be used to pick up free floating milfoil fragments and mats of free floating milfoil where they collect along the shore.  Details on what locations and the method to unload and transport are still in the planning stages.  We plan to tackle the worst areas in the lake first and to place the good of the lake ahead of personal preferences.

Once we see how our new harvester works and how much we can accomplish we will decide if additional ECO-Harvesters will be purchased or if we should be looking at larger machines.
 
Many methods of weed control are still being considered.  There are other control processes such as suction harvesting as was experienced two years ago with the Milfoil Man, hydroraking and rotovating (tilling the bottom of the lake).  In addition, we will continue to explore with the experts the possibility of using biological controls;  insects (such as weevils), bacteria and fungi.  At the present time, chemical control of milfoil is not being considered although we will continue to monitor chemical treatments in other lakes.
Two other approaches that require significant interactions with the State also will be explored.  They are:  lowering the lake level and creating a lake district.  The lake was lowered 3.8 feet in 1988/89,  Based on a comprehensive report "The Lake Bomoseen Drawdown" prepared by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the drawdown was not successful.   It killed native plants and reduced their diversity and allowed the rapidly growing milfoil to colonize in new areas where native plants had been killed.  The drawdown also had a negative impact on wildlife living in and around the lake.  It's been done at other lakes (in NH, ME, MA, NY) and it has not shown many positive results.  We are researching ways to make the project more cost equitable through municipal and state endorsed programs.  This is a fair way as every landowner and lake user in the district would share in the cost, not just the ones who contribute.  A good model of this is the Lake George, NY District.
If you have ideas or would like to help in any part of this goal to control milfoil in Lake Bomoseen, we welcome your participation.  We need folks with experience in bookkeeping, mechanical skills and scheduling who are willing to serve on a subcommittee to oversee the harvester operation.  Of course, we also need your monetary contribution.  Please consider joining the 200 CLUB by sending your check for $200 or more to LBA, PO Box 655, Castleton, VT 05735.

Any questions, contact Davene Brown at gdddbrown@hotmail.com or call at 518-265-1267.

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