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Lake Association

The Lake Elmore Lake Association (LELA) is a local, non-profit, non-political association comprised of property owners on the lake and surrounding area. The LELA works toward maintaining the environmental health of the lake, and contributes to the local community. The LELA sponsors summer activities, i.e. a Pancake Breakfast, 4th of July Boat Parade, Bingo, as well as other events

In 2002, members of the LELA became aware of a Eurasian Watermilfoil infestation in the lake. Eurasian Watermilfoil is a nuisance aquatic plant that currently infests 54 Vermont lakes. It grows in dense weed beds that can seriously affect the recreational use of the lake. A Milfoil Committee, which includes officers and directors of the Lake Association, was formed and a variety of possible control options were identified and considered. Hand pulling was selected as having the least impact on other aquatic species in Lake Elmore. Divers were hired to harvest the milfoil. Most of the infrastructure – diving equipment, barge and associated equipment – were purchased during that time. Barrier mats were constructed and installed in the more heavily infested areas. Permits were obtained through the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and partial funding was secured. In the summer of 2005, a pontoon boat and winch for lifting the diving bags were added, increasing the efficiency of the divers. Components to construct a suction harvester were purchased, and the harvester was constructed and put to use in  2007. This further contributed to efficiency, and divers have been hired and will continue to use the suction harvester.

Eurasian Watermilfoil cannot be completely eradicated. The most that can be done is to work toward keeping it under control, and that task is being accomplished. Through State of Vermont grants and the generosity of the taxpayers of the Town of Elmore, funding will be available again this year to support the milfoil project.