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- New ‘rain garden’ installations at the town of Glover’s public beach. The Shadow Lake Association recently partnered with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s ‘Lake Wise’ program, NorthWoods Stewardship Center and the town of Glover to install 3 rain gardens at the public beach at Shadow Lake. The rain gardens are designed with a variety of water-loving native plants suited to best collect and absorb the stormwater runoff from the roadway to reduce beach erosion from entering the lake. The runoff is captured and contained in the garden allowing the plantings to soak up the water and sediments to slowly and naturally filter into the ground. The gardens keep the beach stable by controlling the volume of runoff to reduce soil and sand erosion from entering and negatively impacting the lake.
The gardens also add beauty and create a natural habitat for wildlife by providing food for birds, butterflies and other important pollinators. This rain garden project is a shoreland best management practice helping to restore areas of the Town beach and protect the shoreline and water quality of Shadow Lake. Check out this fact sheet and the VT Rain Garden Manual
- Shadow Lake Association is a proud sponsor of Vermont Clean Water Week, August 20 – 26, 2017. On August 21st Governor Phil Scott will issue a proclamation declaring Clean Water Week for the State of Vermont. Join in celebrating Vermont’s waters, and the efforts of businesses, organizations, and communities to protect and restore clean water statewide!
- Act 67 became Vermont law on June 08 2017 adding important amendments to strengthen Aquatic Invasive Species law. Read the AIS transport law update summarizing the new mandatory watercraft inspection. Or read the legislative Act 67 summary. To read the S.75 bill in its entirety click here
- Wish to help protect Shadow Lake by becoming a Vermont Invasive Patroller (VIP)? To learn more about this important program on how to identify aquatic invasive species and how they differ from our beneficial native plant species. click here or telephone the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation directly at (802) 490-6120
- 2017 Shadow Lake Ice-Out Happened April 21, Welcome long awaited Spring and a happy Summer season ahead!
- The New Vermont Inland Lake Score Card is Online, a user-friendly interface developed by the Vermont Lakes and Ponds Management and Protection Program (VLPP) to share available data on overall lake health with lake users. Using Google Earth, viewers can select from more than 800 lakes in the state and learn about four key aspects of lake health: nutrients, aquatic invasive species, shoreland and lake habitat, and mercury pollution. Links embedded in the Score Card open deeper views into the underlying data and point to steps Vermonters can take to protect their lakes. Check out Shadow on the score card and review The Checklist of Lake Protection Actions. For more information watch the webinar video ‘Introducing the Vermont Score Card’ available on YouTube (25:25) https://youtu.be/iNkhA0v9aZA
- The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Atlas is an online mapping tool for Vermont’s Natural Resources. With over 150 map layers available to make your custom map from across all of departments and other State and municipal agencies, you can use the Atlas to create a robust map for any purpose. The webpage also provides a FAQ link and a link to a webinar video on Youtube to learn how to use the mapping tool.
- The New 2016 Shadow Lake Map of Eurasian watermilfoil Sites, downloadable.
SLA Wishes To Announce A New Book From The Glover Historical Society, entitled: Slab City/South Glover, Vermont -‘A Busy Hamlet Now Vanished’, co-authored by GHS members; Joan Alexander, Connie Ashe and Jack Sumberg. Published by GHS, December 2016.
The 371 page book is a historical research project, six years in the making, including 400 images consisting of photographs; maps; documents; and drawings that all help tell the story of this once bustling logging community from the 1800’s (now vanished) that flourished around the outlet of Shadow Lake.
The book is available for $25.00 at the Glover Town Clerk office, open Monday – Thursday, from 8 to 4. Please send any mail orders to Glover Historical Society, PO Box 208, Glover, Vermont, 05839, and include an additional $6.00 to cover shipping costs.
~ Any inquiries should be directed to the Glover Historical Society.
- SLA Directors book recommendation: Saving the Family Cottage, ‘A Guide to Succession Planning for Your Cottage, Cabin, Camp or Vacation Home’, written by Stuart J. Hollander, Rose Hollander & David S. Fry, 3rd edition 2009, published by Nolo.
- Shadow Lake map of Eurasian watermilfoil control sites 2011-2015, see map
- Shadow Lake Boat Wash Leads the Way as Vermont State steps up to provide 4 new mobile hot water watercraft AIS decontamination stations to begin operation around the state and a couple of other local entities are also developing plans for watercraft decontamination stations for 2016. The photo was taken in Glover, at a recent VTDEC and SLA hosted Greeter training workshop and shows one of the 4 mobile units purchased by the State for about $3,500.00 that runs on diesel to heat water to 140° in a about one minute! Read the VTDEC Flow blog article
- Vermont’s Public Access Greeter Program had a record-breaking year in 2015 while working to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Greeter’s educate lake visitors about invasive species and provide courtesy watercraft inspections for AIS. This past year, greeter’s conversed with boaters and inspected watercraft at 27 lakes in Vermont. They inspected over 21,000 watercraft, shattering the previous record of 18,407 set in 2012. According to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Lakes and Ponds program, of the 27 State locations where greeter’s inspected boats, Shadow Lake in Glover, VT was the only lake where greeter’s were actually washing boats in 2015! Of all the watercraft inspected, 659 were found to have either plant or animal material in/on the vessel, and Eurasian Watermilfoil was the culprit species in a majority of those instances. To read more about this announcement click here. For more information on the Shadow Lake Boat Wash click here. For more information on the Shadow Lake Milfoil Committee and ‘What We Do’ click here.
- What does the New Vermont Clean Water Act mean for VT lakes? Many of the Act’s provisions are as relevant to Vermont’s inland lakes as they are to Lake Champlain. The forthcoming rules that require management of sediment and nutrient pollution from roads, developed land, agriculture, stream channels, and forestry activities will have important positive benefits for all lake watersheds. See: Vermont Watershed Blog
- New Aquatic Invasive Species in Vermont; In August 2015, the VT DEC staff confirmed the presence of a new aquatic invasive species, Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa), in a small 24 acre cove on the southeast side of Lake Memphremagog in Newport. The Macroalgae was first observed in the cove by a trained volunteer Vermont Invasive Patroller (VIP). this brings the total of 51 AIS now in Vermont. See: Vermont Watershed Blog
- Shadow Lake Recognized for it’s Successful Milfoil Control; read in the Vermont Watershed Blog about the action of the Shadow Lake Association and the town of Glover to successfully control and prevent the spread of Milfoil in Shadow Lake.
- Do you know what Microbeads are? The tiny plastic beads are found in some personal care products. Do you realize how they can harm fish, wildlife and the ecosystem after getting into the water? To read the VT Legislature bill H.4 as passed by the House click here
- Spiny water flea invades Vermont; In late August 2014, the Spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus) became the first aquatic invasive zooplankton to be confirmed in Lake Champlain, bringing the known number of nonnative and aquatic invasive species in Lake Champlain to 50. Read about: Spiny water flea confirmed in Lake Champlain
- Vermont Shoreline Protection Act; Effective July 1, 2014, the Vermont Shoreline Protection Act applies to all lakes greater than 10 acres in size. To read or download what this act regulates, see the The Vermont Shoreline Protection Act. For more information on State of Vermont Laws that effect the shoreline or water quality, please go to the Links page.
- Our Association Promotes This Native Shrub, Perfect for Protecting the Lake Shoreline! Consider planting ‘Sweet Gale’ (Myrica gale) click here also referred to as Bog myrtle. This aromatic shrub with a rounded habit forms thickets very suitable for naturalizing and shoreline restoration projects. This medium size shrub features narrow, fragrant gray-green leaves and a nitrogen fixing root system that anchors the soil, protecting the shoreline from wave action and erosion. Sweetgale thrives in wet soil conditions where few others can, while creating an attractive mass planting and providing great cover for our native birds.
- Thinking of Upgrading your Outboard Motor?
Consider the benefits of upgrading your outboard engine to 4 stroke technology. 2 stroke outboard engines emit 20-30 % of the fuel-oil mixture unburned into the Lake! 4 stroke outboard engines are fuel efficient. Compared with 2 stroke motors, 4 stroke engines and use half the gas and have 90% fewer emissions. Furthermore, 4 cycle engines are much quieter. A 4 stroke outboard engine will help to prevent lake and noise pollution ~ a benefit to all.