The Shadow Lake Association wishes all to stay healthy during this difficult health emergency. Please remember to wash hands frequently, maintain a six foot social distance and wear masks when in any type of group situation. Stay strong and healthy for everyone’s safety.
SHADOW LAKE ASSOCIATION
The Shadow Lake Association (SLA) is a member-supported non-profit 501(c)(4) tax exempt organization dedicated to improving the understanding and management of Shadow Lake for its long-term environmental health.
The mission of the Association shall be to collaborate with lake residents, the Town of Glover, and the State of Vermont, to learn, educate and foster best management practices around Shadow Lake, in order to preserve and promote the healthy ecology of the lake and to ensure pristine water quality for the benefit of current and future generation.
NO MILFOIL FOUND!
With the completion of the sixth dive of the season on August 6th, the entire lake has now been inspected twice and NO MILFOIL HAS BEEN FOUND! Dives will continue on a weekly basis throughout the rest of the summer season. It is hoped that with the Boat Wash open and the diligence of all boaters and lake users, the lake will remain milfoil free for the rest of the year. Special Thanks to Kurt Muller for organizing and managing the dive program.
INVASIVE SPECIES FOUND
MORE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT
Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae)
The State of Vermont has alerted us of the possibility of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms that may start popping up in our lake. Cyanobacteria are a health concern because when people come in contact with them, they could become ill. Under certain circumstances, some blooms can produce toxins.
To familiarize yourself with this potential problem, we suggest you watch the following two minute video and read additional information from the State of Vermont.
THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL JULY FOURTH CELEBRATION
Wow! What a “spectacular” show last night, as Sharon and Whit Schott said. It was also heartwarming to see all the lights lit on people’s docks recognizing that we are all in this together. As I was on my morning walk, the Zehnacker grandchildren, spearheaded by grandson Elliot, were at the beach doing a fire cracker clean up as so many of you did on and about your property. Gerry Trevits, who cleans and rakes the beach daily remarked, “the beach was cleaner than any time I can remember after the fireworks.” That’s the Shadow Lake way! Having fun, participating, helping out and cleaning up. Great job! Thank you all. – Jen Andrews, President of the Shadow Lake Association.
NO MILFOIL FOUND!
With the completion of the third dive of the season, the entire lake has now been inspected and NO MILFOIL HAS BEEN FOUND! This marks the third year in a row with these positive results. Dives will continue on a weekly basis throughout the rest of the summer season. It is hoped that with the Boat Wash open and the diligence of all boaters and lake users, the lake will remain milfoil free for the rest of the year. Special Thanks to Kurt Muller for organizing and managing the dive program.
The third dive of the season was completed on July 6th. Split into two parts, the dive covered Camps 45 (Deborah and Alan Parnigoni) – 20 (Shari and Stephen Walcott and Camps 1 (Shirley Hook) – 104 (Marie and Bill Hawkins). NO MILFOIL WAS FOUND!
Thanks to Divers Rob and Kurt Muller, Spotter Rick Utton and Captain Frank Cermak.
The second dive of the season was completed on June 25th. Split into two parts, the dive covered Camps 100 (Mathew and Anne Eldridge) – 108 (Claudia and Bill McCormack) and Camps 1 (Shirly Hook) – 20 (Shari and Stephen Walcott). NO MILFOIL WAS FOUND!
Thanks to Skipper Alan Parnigoni, diver Saturn Roblee and spotter Kurt Muller.
The first dive of the season was completed on June 16th from Camp 45 (Allen and Deborah Parnigoni) to Camp 100 (Mathew and Anne Eldridge) and NO MILFOIL WAS FOUND! Inspection dives will continue throughout the summer.
The SLA extends thanks to Leader and spotter Kurt Muller, Skipper and boat volunteer Alan Parnigoni and our diver Ron Patton.
To learn more about the dangers of milfoil and the associations’ efforts to eradicate it from Shadow Lake, visit the following link https://shadowlakeassociation.org/water-quality/
BOAT RAMP TO BE CLOSED IN JULY
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has informed the SLA that they are planning some refurbishment of the Shadow Lake Boat Ramp in July, most likely starting on July 13th. The closure will be approximately four days while sand is dredged from the end of the ramp and then turbiditiy is allowed to clear to normal. If these dates change, this posting will be updated.
The SLA is interested to learn of ramp users who have had difficulty launching from the ramp in the past year or two. Did shalowness, holes or rocks affect you. If so, please provide information to Frank Cermak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 SHADOW LAKE ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
The 2020 SLA Newsletter has been published and mailed to members. It is also available by clicking this link. 2020 SLA Newsletter
The Association thanks Judy Dunbar for her herculean efforts in putting this together. Thanks are also extended to all who contributed articles, data, photographs and updates.
BOAT WASH WILL OPEN
A GUIDE FOR LAKESHORE PROPERTY RENTERS
Visiting the Water’s Edge
This Guide provides basic information to visitors on how to avoid damaging the ecosystem of the lake. The Shadow Lake Association encourages property owners who rent or allow visitors to use their homes to provide this booklet to their guests. Go to the guide by clicking the link below.
A GUIDE TO HEALTHY LAKES USING LAKESHORE LANDSCAPING
This guide provides a wealth of information on best practices to plan, install and maintain landscaping on lakeshores that are ecologically significant ecosystems
with diverse flora and fauna that support the health of the lake and terrestrial and aquatic species. It was published by the Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds (FOVLAP) – Copyright 2015. Go to the guide by clicking the link below.
PURCHASE OF NEW BOAT WASH TRAILER TO BE DELAYED DUE TO IMPACT OF CORONA VIRUS
The Board has voted to delay the purchase of the new Boat Wash Trailer in order to preserve the Association’s financial resources until any possible effects of the corona virus on our Lakeside Community can be fully assessed.
At the September meeting of the Board of Directors of the Shadow Lake Association (SLA), it was voted unanimously to purchase a new boat wash trailer to replace the aged and rusting trailer currently in use.
The SLA is in the fortunate position to purchase a new trailer having received a grant from the State of Vermont, Department of Environmental Conservation. The grant request was developed by Jenifer Andrews in 2018. The request was approved and funds are available for use at the current time. With continued reductions in state funding in the foreseeable future, it is questionable whether such funds will be available at a later time.
Additionally, the SLA has built a reserve by saving resources for future use such as this. These two sources of funds will allow for the new purchase without putting any strains on the finances of the SLA.
How did we get here? The current trailer was put into service in 2003 and has been used every season for 16 years. The trailer was a used, single-horse trailer when it was converted to the boat wash station. Due to its deterioration and obsolescence, it has given the SLA its best years and is ready for retirement.
Through continued use, the trailer has rusted to a significant degree. While rust could be repaired, it would be a temporary solution at best. The trailer is also proving to be inadequate in size to accommodate expanding requirements for record keeping, storage of emergency equipment and storage and distribution of state educational materials.
Finally, it must be noted that the boat wash greeters spend may hours in a cramped (cannot stand up inside) decaying space with leaks and mustiness and they are subject to accidental cuts and bruises from rusted surfaces. In this case, you must ask yourself, “before I complain, would I want to volunteer to work in this type of environment?”
The Shadow Lake community has demonstrated its commitment to the stewardship of the lake through its volunteer activities and programs as well as funding. These efforts have been recognized by the State of Vermont as well as by communities and governing bodies throughout the country. SLA is regularly contacted through its website by communities and interested groups to learn how to start similar programs. By employing newer, more capable resources in operating the boat wash facility, the Board is committed to furthering the mission of the SLA.
Over the past several weeks, Cori Dudley has been researching purchase options and delineating capabilities and requirements. It is planned that the new trailer will be put into service for the 2020 season.
It is with great appreciation that the Shadow Lake Association recognizes the hard work, dedication and commitment of Christine Cano in the development of the Shadow Lake Website. Over the years, Christine has expanded the breadth of content on the site making it the model and “go to” site for many lakeside communities. Christine has been a champion of the environment in educating residents and governmental bodies of the dangers of invasive aquatic species and in their remediation. In addition, Christine has served with distinction on the Board of The Shadow Lake Association for many years.
GET READY FOR NEXT SUMMER – (ALL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED)
Beach Party Games – July 4, 2020
Annual Meeting and Dinner – July 11, 2020
Boat Parade – July 18, 2020 (Rain Date 7/19)
Ice Cream Social – July 18, 2020
THIRTEEN LAKE “JEWELS” OF VERMONT HAVE INCREASING PHOSPHORUS LEVELS
SHADOW LAKE IS ONE OF THEM!!!
Phosphorus is the nutrient that can most adversely affect water bodies. Higher phosphorus levels will increase plant growth, algae and reduce water clarity thereby accelerating the aging of a lake.
What can we do to help protect our lake???
- No soap bathing/washing in the lake (even phosphate free)
- No mowing down to shoreline- the less mowing the better
- Preserve natural conditions – plant native low bushes at shoreline
- Channel erosion or runoff away from the lake
- Natural water courses function best when they meander
- No lawn debris in lake- grass clippings, leaves, etc.
- Check your septic system- pump out every 2-3 years- upgrade if necessary
- No fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides on lawns or in gardens.
- No feeding ducks or other waterfowl because of their fecal waste.
- Pick up and dispose of all pet waste
- Anything you do on the shoreline will effect the lake
For Additional Information, please VISIT:
SHORELAND PROTECTION REGULATIONS/ BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES for shoreland laws. https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/lakeshores-lake-wise/bmp
LAKE WISE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES for voluntary recommendations for controlling runoff and improving lake water quality. https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/lakeshores-lake-wise
The SLA has an active Eurasian watermilfoil eradication program underway. Help us prevent the spread of unwanted aquatic species. The best way to fight invasive species is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Thoroughly wash your watercraft and gear before and after accessing Shadow Lake. Pressure washing your boat, trailer and all recreational equipment that contacts the water between launches helps remove aquatic plant fragments, zebra mussels with microscopic life stages, fungi, and other unseen “hitchhikers.” In so doing, you join many others working to protect and preserve Vermont’s incredible water resources for all to enjoy. Once an invasive species is established it becomes difficult and costly to manage and likely impossible to eradicate. Several invasive species currently have no known form of human control. Cleaning and draining boats after taking them out of the water and leaving all drain plugs out/open while trailering is the law in Vermont. See our VT Act 67 AIS Transport Law Summary & FAQ’s webpage.
Please use our Boat Wash, a state-authorized watercraft inspection and decontamination station located in the parking area of the state fishing access. This is a free service for all to help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. We rely on annual funding from the Town of Glover and a grant from the State of VT along with the generous contributions from our membership and other concerned citizens who recognize the importance of supporting and maintaining this essential and critical program to help protect Shadow Lake.
The Shadow Lake Association is very grateful for the annual financial grant from the Town of Glover which helps to support our summer-long boat wash program intended to keep invasive aquatic species like milfoil out of the lake. In return, the Association is pleased to provide annual contributions of support to the Glover Volunteer Fire Department, the Glover Ambulance Squad, and the community celebration of “Glover Day.”
July 2019-2020 SLA Officers and Directors
President – Jenifer Andrews
Vice President – Kristine Tooker
Treasurer – Bill Koch
Secretary – Judy Dunbar
Our Water Quality Affiliations:
The Shadow Lake Association is a founding member of the Federation Of Vermont Lakes And Ponds (FOVLAP). The initial organization began in 1972 and evolved into a statewide organization networking with 39 local lake and pond associations, other VT non-profit organizations, individuals and businesses who have joined together to protect and improve the quality of the environment and the pleasure of living near and using, Vermont’s lakes and ponds. FOVLAP collaborates closely with the VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation Lakes and Ponds Management Program.
Former SLA director, Christine Cano, is currently serving her second term as a director of FOVLAP.
Shadow Lake is located within the VT Basin 17 (Memphremagog) watershed. SLA is a partner with the Memphremagog Watershed Association (MWA) and the newly formed Memphremagog Stormwater Collaborative (SWC) group working together on a strategic plan to address stormwater runoff and flood resilience in the Lake Memphremagog watershed. Read the ‘Restoring Water Quality in the Lake Memphremagog Basin: 2015 Water Quality Report’. Ben Copans, Basin Planner with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation explains, “Stormwater runoff from roads, roofs, lawns, driveways, and barnyard areas contributes over 25% of the phosphorus loading to Lake Memphremagog and elevated levels of phosphorus in the lake have caused increased plant and algae growth that can limit the use of the Lake. The breadth and diversity of stormwater sources requires the coordination of community partners and I have already seen the how this strategic planning effort has guided partners in working together to tackle a complex water quality issue that cut across many disciplines.”
SLA is also a partner and proud supporter of the Vermont Clean Water Network, a statewide network of networks comprised of more than 100 organizations, businesses, government agencies, and individuals dedicating to creating a culture of clean water.”
and a member of Watersheds United Vermont (WUV) a state-wide network of local groups dedicated to the health of their home watersheds. Their mission is to empower community-based watershed groups in all parts of the state to protect and restore Vermont’s waters.
Watch our bulletin boards located at Stone Shore Road, at the bottom of Clark Road and next to the Boat Wash at the State fishing access on Shadow Lake Road throughout the summer for breaking news and updates of concern for Shadow Lakers.
Shadow Lake Association
P.O. Box 135
Glover, VT 05839