2018 Harvesting Report
Article by Mark Miller
Yes, the orange machine plying the waters of Lake Bomoseen
this summer was the association’s new harvester!
The LBA partnered with Casella Construction Inc. (CCI) to run
the harvester, which operated south of Grady Bridge. The
Friends Up north group continued to manage harvests north of
Although our permit allows us to begin harvesting as early as
June 30th, equipment delays drove an August 7th start. Next
year’s harvest will start in June, or as soon as the milfoil nears
the lake surface.
Still, we were able to harvest for a total of 30 days and by the
end of the season we had removed just over 535 cubic yards of
milfoil from the lake; harvested milfoil was delivered to local
farms for use as fertilizer. A total of 74 members’ properties
LBA NEWS 1
The 2019 Membership Packet
will be sent out in late January.
Included in the packet will be a
survey that we would like you
to fill out. This will really help
us in finding out what our
membership expects from the
board of directors.
The annual holiday tree
lighting will be on December
12 at the Castleton Free Library
at 6:00 pm. There will plenty
of joy and cheer to spread
around that day.
The LBA is working on
updating our ways of
communicate\ing with you.
We will be upgrading our
website and reevaluating our
Facebook page. We also hope
to add an Instagram and
Pinterest account.Look for
more information in our
SPECIAL HARVESTING ISSUE
LBA NEWS November 21, 2018
were cut, and we finished the season on September 27th. We
greatly appreciate everyone’s patience and support during this
first year of operation.
As we indicated at the annual meeting in June, we expected
this year to be a “learning year," and it was. There are a number
of things we will be working on in the off season, including:
minimizing the churning up of mud when cutting in shallow
water, determining the best way to effectively cut close to the
shoreline (cutting perpendicular to the shore proved
ineffective), defining a better way to demark the start and end
of property lines, ensuring enough overlap when cutting to
prevent uncut sections of milfoil.
At the annual meeting we also stressed the need for safety and
are happy to report that no one was injured, and no boats/docks
damaged during the harvesting operation.
Early next year, we will provide you with a draft of the plans to
improve operations year and ask for your comments and input.
If you have any suggestions in the interim, please email us at
We hope to offset next year’s costs through state/local grants or
funding. If anyone has experience in writing grants and can
assist, we would appreciate your help.
Finally, special thanks to the Water Quality Committee and
CCI for getting us on the water this year!