Upcoming public meetings of importance to those members wishing to be heard on the subject of lake shoreland protection legislation:
Public Meeting Sept. 19 – The Vermont State Legislature Lake Shoreland Protection Commission has set the time and location of the Addison County Meeting. The meeting will be held Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Middlebury, American Legion Hall, Boardman Street (Behind G. Stone Motors).
Public Meeting Aug. 22 – The Rutland County Meeting will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Camp Kehoe Conservation Camp, Lake Bomoseen.
According to the Vermont Legislature Lake Shoreland Protection Commission website homepage, the Vermont General Assembly established the Lake Shoreland Protection Commission in Section E.126.1 of Act 50 of 2013 in order to:
- Provide information to the public regarding the current health of waters of the State, including the results of the 2012 Agency of Natural Resources’ State Water Quality Remediation, Implementation, and Funding Report;
- Inform the public regarding the regulation of State waters, including requirements the State may need to meet in implementing the cleanup plan for Lake Champlain;
- Summarize for the public the status of efforts to address and improve the quality of all State waters, and how regulation of shoreland activity impacts water quality; and
- Take public input regarding the regulation of disturbance, clearing, and creation of impervious surfaces in the shorelands of lakes.
Further information on the meetings and a list of House and Senate Members who will be attending the Rutland and Addison County meetings can be found by following the link below. https://leg2.vermont.gov/sites/legislature/LSP/default.aspx
Membership Picnic: Sunday Aug. 25, 1 p.m. Camp Songadeewin of Keewaydin. An afternoon of fun, food, beverages, great music and all free of charge to all members and their houseguests. Bring the entire family and join your friends and neighbors for a relaxing afternoon at Camp Songadeewin. This year’s picnic will also feature a Silent Auction. There will be many wonderful donated items such as gift certificates for dinners, boat services, building supplies, salon services and much more. Also there will be one-of-a-kind items such as artwork, collector’s items, jewelry and some excellent wines. All items will be displayed at the picnic and the bidding will be done in a silent auction format. Good deals for the high bidders and all sales donated to the LDFLA. Don’t miss out on an afternoon of laughter, friendship and a celebration of our lakes.
Lake Wise Program: The Lake Wise Program is a free, no further obligation program offered by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Through the Lake Wise Program participants receive technical assistance for fixing common lakeshore property management problems such as erosion and storm water runoff in ways that will protect lake quality and wildlife habitat. Several lake properties have recently requested site visits conducted through the program. Property owners have learned a great deal about how to make small changes on their property that would have a long-lasting positive effect on the water quality of our lakes. Because all visits couldn’t be scheduled in one week, there are plans for additional visits in the coming weeks.
The exciting news is that Lake Dunmore has its first property to be awarded the “Lake Wise Award”. “A Lake Wise Award from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources certifies a property is well managed using shoreland best management practices and is protecting the lake water quality and habitat. A property that earns the Lake Wise Award represents a “model” shoreland property”. The property to earn Lake Dunmore’s first Lake Wise Award is owned by the Fisher Family of 165 Bay Shore Drive. The Fishers were presented with two beautiful signs to mark their property as a Lake Wise Award winner. The property is private property and can be viewed from the water, at a distance, on the left hand side corner as you enter the North Cove. It is a green camp with beautiful native landscaping designed to protect the lake’s water quality while creating a relaxing and quiet space for its owners. Congratulations to the Fisher Family for this well deserved award.
The attached brochure from the ANR will give you an idea of the type of suggestions one may receive on a site visit. If you would like further information on the Lake Wise Program or wish to schedule at site visit for your property, you can contact Sue Potter at suepotter95.