Announcements / Progress

July is Lakes Appreciation Month!

Join us this July as we celebrate Lakes Appreciation Month! The North American Lake Management Society offers a number of fun ways to show appreciation for your favorite lake or pond, and we’ve got a few of our own:

Do you own lakefront property? Consider getting a FREE property assessment from the Lake Wise Program. In addition to recognizing model lakeshore properties, Lake Wise offers technical assistance to lakeshore landowners who want to learn more about making their property as storm-resilient, stable, and habitat-rich as possible.

Another noteworthy milestone – as of July 1, the Shoreland Protection Act hits the 5 year mark!
The Shoreland Protection Act aims to shift development trends towards those that are mindful of the ecological and economic importance of Vermont’s lakes. The intent of the Act is to prevent degradation of lake water quality, preserve vital fish and wildlife habitat, and maintain the natural stability of shorelines. Since 2014, the Lakes & Ponds Management and Protection Program has been very busy promoting lake friendly development and guiding landowners and contractors through the permitting process.

Volunteer with us! Every year, the Lakes and Ponds Management and Protection Program seeks motivated volunteers to help collect information on everything from cyanobacteria blooms to invasive species. There are over 800 lakes and ponds in Vermont, and we can’t reach all of them without you!

Consider hosting a septic social. We can all agree that no matter where your house is located, good septic system maintenance is a MUST. Make the best of a stinky situation; invite your neighbors and a septic system specialist over for an informal discussion on the operation and maintenance of septic systems using your system as the demonstration model.

Embrace your lake. For a tiny state, Vermont has such a wonderfully diverse range of lakes. Some, like Lake Sadawga, are full of interesting aquatic plants and contain actual floating wetlands. Others, like Great Averill are over 100 feet deep in places. Greenwood Lake occasionally hosts tiny ephemeral freshwater jellyfish. Understanding that lakes and ponds are natural, ever-changing systems full of insects, mud, plants, and rocks will only garner a greater enjoyment for them.

Get in the water. From Half Moon Pond to Lake Elmore to Alburgh Dunes, Vermont State Parks offers fantastic access to the water. There is no better way to show your appreciation for Vermont’s amazing lakes and ponds than to jump in one.

A view of Little Lake in Derby VT. Many plants are seen in the foreground.
Abundant terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic plants on Little Lake Salem (Derby)