Lake Bomoseen Community Area

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

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The 200 CLUB
Register of 200 Club Members

The Lake Bomoseen Association is pleased to announce that the KILL the MILfoil 200 Club campaign has reached the $40,000 level.  Lake owners and users have been very generous and this sends the message that many folks care and want to do what is necessary to reduce amount of milfoil in our beautiful lake.

The latest and largest contributor to the 200 Club is Green Mountain Feeds, Inc. of Bethel, VT who has invested $20,000.  Thanks go to this company and to all donors to date.  Having started the club in September of last year we are extremely grateful to all donors.  

Different levels of giving have been formed:  Bronze is $200 to $999, Silver $1,000 to $9,999, Gold is $10,000 to $19,999 and Platinum is for donations of $20,000 or more.  Contributors will be listed on the LBA website (http://lakebomoseen.mylaketown.com/).  We invite any users of Lake Bomoseen to join in the fundraising to purchase (which has now been done), maintain and operate the Eco-Harvester.  Checks for $200 or more can be mailed to LBA, PO Box 655, Castleton, VT 05735. The PayPal dropdown menu below can only be used for $200 donations.

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

Kill the MILfoil

- 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:

LATEST NEWSLETTER

VT LAKES REGION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

2015 Events Calendar

Board monthly meetings: The next meeting will be March 19th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Castleton Community Center.
Annual LBA meeting: TBD
All member picnic; TBD
July 4 - Fireworks on July 4, rain date July 5
4PM Socials: TBD
TBA Education Series: TBD
Fund raisers: TBD
Sailing regattas: TBD
Kayaking: TBD
Open water kayak/canoe: TBD
Long distant swimming: TBD
Kayak and Canoe demos: TBD

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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