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Lake Wise Practices: Benefits for Property and Lake October 2017

Lake Wise practices benefit shoreland properties and the lake. Provided below are a few examples of Lake Wise projects from 2017.

  • The Lake Raponda community in Wilmington collaborated to install an erosion control project to protect the Town Beach and Lake. There is still work to do at the Raponda Town Recreational Area to control more of the upland runoff, but for starters, fiber coir rolls and plantings, installed by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, have stabilized what had been chunks of grass slumping off the shore and washing into the lake (lawns along the shore are not good for the property or the lake because they don’t filter runoff or have roots to grip the bank).
Town Beach at Raponda Lake

Before and after photos of the erosion control project using fiber coir rolls and plantings along the Town Beach at Raponda Lake in Wilmington

  • Sand is not stable, especially in man-made beach areas. Like Raponda Beach, the Town Beach at Shadow Lake in Glover was washing into the lake, eroding the beach area and degrading water quality and shallow water habitat. Simply adding more sand to the beach is not a sustainable or ecological solution. To protect the beach and lake, upland stormwater treatments were installed including plantings along the slope between the road and the recreational area, waterbars in the pathway to the beach, and two raingardens to help absorb and infiltrate upland runoff.
Raingarden at Shadow Beach

Raingarden at Shadow Beach in Glover helps treat road runoff and protect water quality

  • Ever since Champion International Paper sold off its land in 1998 around Maidstone Lake in the Northeast Kingdom, there has been a surge in private shoreland development. The new Shoreland Protection Act Regulation is helping steer permitted projects, for clearing vegetation and increasing impervious surfaces (the two triggers for a Shoreland Permit), towards managing the inevitable increase in stormwater. However, for homeowner projects not necessarily needing permits, the Lake Wise Program offers all shoreland owners technical assistance in Best Management Practices to protect the shoreland property, water quality and wildlife habitat. Recently, Maidstone shoreland owners have participated in the Lake Wise effort overseen by the Essex County NRCD and the Northwoods Stewardship Center to improve the use of shoreland best management practices. These BMPs included installing structural techniques, like waterbars in driveways to slow and dissipate the runoff, and infiltration stairs to create stable permeable pathways. And, several non-structural BMPs of native plantings have increased the storm resiliency on properties while providing filtration, bank stability, and wildlife benefits.
Infiltration steps before and after

Stable, infiltration steps at Maidstone Lake

  • Brighton State Park on Island Pond received a permeable ADA compliant, meandering pathway through a bioengineered stabilized shore of fiber coir rolls and encapsulated soil lifts held together with 100s of newly planted native species. The Agency of Natural Resources’ Engineers designed this beautiful ecological plan according to the Dept. of Forest and Parks needs and the Lake Wise criteria.
Bioengineering at Brighton State Park

Before and after photos of the bioengineering shoreland project at Brighton State Park on Island Pond – Encapsulated soil lifts and fiber coir rolls were installed to stabilize an eroding bank.

  • The largest shoreland project took two weeks to complete along Lake Bomoseen at Cedar Mountain Road in Castleton. The Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Better Roads Program funded the Town of Castleton to use bioengineering to stabilize 300 feet of an eroding shore between the lake and the road. With help from GEI Consultants out of Michigan, an encapsulated soil lift design was installed by the Castleton Road Crew, the VYCC and Northwoods Stewardship Crews, and many volunteers who wanted to learn more about these ecologically friendly stabilization methods.
    Tiers of encapsulated soil lifts along Lake Bomoseen

    Tiers of encapsulated soil lifts restore ad stabilize the shore at Cedar Mountain Road along Lake Bomoseen.

    To learn how you can make a positive difference on your shore and participate in Lake Wise, contact Amy Picotte at the Lakes and Ponds Program. Amy.Picotte@vermont.gov

Lake Wise Events:

The Natural Shoreland Erosion Control Certification trainings are being offered November 6th in St. Johnsbury; November 8th in Montpelier; and November 15th in Essex. These trainings are designed for engineers, landscapers and contractors who do work along shorelands, yet open to all. Visit the Lake Wise web site for more information.

New YOU-TUBE Video on Vermont Bioengineering! This video provides a glimpse into some of the concepts covered at the NSECC trainings and showcases ecological designs for shoreland Best Management Practices. Click here to view the Bioengineering Video, or find it on the Lake Wise web site.