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The purposes of this corporation are preserving the natural environment of Lake Morey and its immediate surroundings and promoting lake related interests.

Join families, friends and residents in activities focused on the lake and its environs. Volunteer for the various programs, report adopt-a-lake hours, and help at an event. Learn to identify invasive species and maintain an ecologically-sound, environmentally-friendly waterfront.

Enjoy all Lake Morey and its surroundings have to offer.

Update from the Town of Fairlee – June 3, 2024

NOTICE: LAKE MOREY ALUM TREATMENT SCHEDULE

The Town of Fairlee, through its contractor, SOLitude Lake Management, will begin the alum treatment of Lake Morey on June 11th. SOLitude will be applying a solution of aluminum sulfate and sodium aluminate to areas of the lake equal to or greater than 26 feet in depth. Aluminum from the products binds with phosphorus, one of the key nutrients that helps cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) to thrive. This is being done to improve the water quality of Lake Morey.

The treatment will be conducted from June 11th to June 20th but may be extended due to weather conditions.

Use of the lake will not be restricted during the treatment, but we ask that users maintain a safe distance of at least 1,000 feet from the treatment vessel while operating. The boat access area off of Lake Morey Road along the west side of the lake will be used as a staging area for treatment operations. The boat ramp will remain open for use during this project.

Anyone needing additional information or to report any observed adverse impacts from the treatment should contact the Town of Fairlee at 802-333-4363 EXT 2. While no adverse effects are expected, VT DEC notes in the permit for this project that potential adverse effects may include any effects to humans (e.g., skin rashes) or domesticated animals that occur either from direct contact with or as a secondary effect from a discharge (e.g., sickness from consumption of plants or animals containing the applied chemicals) to waters of the State that are temporally and spatially related to exposure to a chemical residue (e.g., vomiting, lethargy) in addition to any impacts on aquatic biota or water quality.

5/26-2024 – Message from the Lake Morey Commission – Filamentous Algae Bloom

Presently, Lake Morey is undergoing a Filamentous Algae bloom, comprised mostly of green algae, or Chlorophyceae. This is a very broad group of algae that use green chlorophyll-a for photosynthesis. The most concentrated blooms have been seen in the northeast lake shore, Leach to Blaine properties. Although Lake Morey always has benthic (occuring on the bottom) and floating green algae growth, this is the largest bloom in recent memory (my observation).

Both the VT. DEC and Solitude have following comments: 

  • this is a common occurrence in the Spring. Solitude fields a lot of calls on this subject.
  • this type of algae is opportunistic, grows quickly and will cycle out as water warms and other plants uptake soluble nutrients.
  • the alum treatment will certainly tie-up excessive nutrients as designed, impeding furthur all algae growth.
  • unlike Cyanobacteria, the Filamentous group is non-toxic.

If your watefront area has filamantous in it’s vicinity, you can rake the material onto your property and dispose of it in leaf piles. –

Greg Allen, Lake Morey Commission

Your Spring Yard Work And Lakes

The crocus  are past, daffodils are fading, and the tulips are coloring up! My thoughts have turned away from snow shovels and towards my garden spade. As the weather warms up, I am itching to get outside for spring chores. For many of us, one of those chores is making sure that plants in the yard have what they need to grow well. Weeding, pruning, and fertilizing are the things we do to keep them happy. If you live on or near a lake, you should also be thinking about how these things might affect your local waters.

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Published b May 8, 2024, Categories: Wise About WaterFOVLAP,  https://vermontlakes.org/wise-about-water/your-spring-yard-work-and-lakes. Reprinted with permissio

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