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New Slate of Directors Appointed at Annual Meeting

A new slate of directors was presented and approved at the most recent annual meeting of the Salem Lakes Preservation Association. Familiar names and faces are on the list along with a few new, enthusiastic contributors.

The current board now includes:

Roger Cartee, President; Ed Wells, Vice President; Janet Cartee, Treasurer, Sharon Kelley, Secretary.

Directors:Dennis Bond, Jason Brueck, Beckie Eakin, John Guyette, TJ Jackman, Ross and Andrea Ogilvie, Paul Roy, Tim Votapka.

Association Becomes a Partner in Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!™ Campaign

Salem Lakes Preservation Association has become a partner organization with the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers program. This is a national education campaign launched in 2002 by the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. It is designed to raise awareness about aquatic invasive species and empower people who recreate on the water to become part of the solution in preventing the spread of these harmful species. 

2021 Boat Access Greeter and Eurasian Water Milfoil Removal Results

The Salem Lakes Preservation Association (SLPA) boat access Greeter project opened this year on May 28 and ended on September 26. We were fortunate to have four experienced boat inspectors in Eric Bingham, Monica Bingham, Frank Drauszewski and Dave Siciliano who kept us open 10-14 hours most days depending on weather and available daylight. During the season, 558 boat inspections were conducted with more than 60 plant intercepts, three of which were invasive plants or animals. The animals in this case were the Spiney Water Flea found on the shaft of an outboard motor on a boat previously used in Lake Champlain. Fortunately, these individuals had dried on the motor and were harmless.

The Boat Access Greeter boat inspection and milfoil removal projects were funded by a combined $20,201 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) Aquatic Nuisance Control (ANC) Grant in-aid and $15,000 generously provided by Derby voters. Hundreds of volunteer hours were donated helping out on private boats; surveying the lake; managing our web and social media presence; and administering, planning and coordinating efforts.

The lake association wishes to give special recognition to our newly formed milfoil committee for all of their hard work, which will continue throughout the winter.

An aquatic plant removal method known as Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting, or DASH, was used this year for the first time since 2018 resulting in roughly five to 10 times 2020 plant harvest numbers (≈1,400) with a moderate increase in cost. There were several factors that delayed or limited EWM harvesting this summer: competition from other lakes and ponds for diver time, DASH permit questions; and two confirmed outbreaks of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in October.

The lake association commissioned a plant survey by Solitude, a national lake management company last summer. The $8,200 survey will be paid by a combination of a Derby town appropriation and lake association dollars received through donations and membership fees. Preliminary survey results show no EWM to be present in Little Salem and moderate (as compared to other lakes) EWM numbers in the big lake. One of Solitude’s possible recommendations could be the limited use of a safe herbicide. This treatment method, if used, may give us an upper hand in removing and preventing EWM from spreading. EWM spreads naturally and often out-competes native plants for space. Recreational activity, primarily motor boats and jet skis, is known to make a large contribution toward the spread of EWM fragments which can form new plants.

In consultation with our diver and many experienced individuals – including Solitude employees - the milfoil committee is in the process of creating a management plan to handle an expected increase in EWM in 2022 and potentially beyond.

Please revisit this website in the coming months for more information on survey results and recommendations. You can always get in touch with one of our milfoil committee members for information by using the email address found on the website.