Response to VT Digger Article on WaterSkiing vs. Rowing

You may have heard about the Great Hosmer Pond issue between the scullers and a water skier/camp owner.  Following are links to articles from Seven Days News and Vermont Digger regarding the issue at hand.

What’s important to us is that the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) / Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has started Rule Making with their own process bypassing the Use of Public Waters Rules (UPWR) formerly the Use of Public Waters Policy.  ANR /DEC has been given the responsibility to manage user conflicts on Public Waters.  Why is this important to us?  Water skiing is considered a normal use under UPWR.  To limit water skiing or any other normal use (i.e. quiet use, fishing, etc) a petition must be submitted.  The Petition must explain what the Petitioner has done w/ other users to resolve any issues. Also a rule change needs to be submitted under the specific parameters of the rules (separation, day(s), time of day, speed).  Under UPWR, anyone who feels they want to limit or eliminate water skiing must file a Petition.   On Great Hosmer Pond no petition has been filed. If the ANR/DEC can go straight to Rule Making our rights to the water could easily be in jeopardy.   Under UPWR, a Petition would have to be filed with the Petitioner having to document that they contacted affected users and demonstrate what they did to try to resolve the issue under UPWR section 2 guidelines.  PLEASE READ the UPWR & email below that I sent to ANR/DEC.   The The UPWR can be found at   then click onto Lakes and Ponds on left and go to Quick Links for Use of Public Waters Rules.    You can help by bringing this issue to your local legislators by emailing and/or  calling them.  Go to on the right side of the page to elected officials.  Questions on this matter please call or email me.

Bruce Epstein
Green Mountain Water Skiers – President
CELL:  (802)272-5324
[email protected]

DEC Commissioner Boedecker, ANR Secretary Moore

The Green Mountain Water Skiers (GMWS) have been involved in public water issues for over thirty years.We have worked with the Legislature, other user groups, and individuals to amend state statutes, promote water ski safety, and help resolve conflicts on our public waters.  WE support multi recreational use while recognizing that any public body of water can not necessarily be available to all users all the time.  WE are proud to have been a major player in resolving the conflicts on Waterbury Reservoir that festered through several petitions starting in the late 80s.  The GMWS proposed the idea of Rule Options in a petition submitted to the Water Resources Board (WRB) under the Guidelines of the newly adopted Use of Public Waters Policy (UPWP) .  The Petition was submitted by a coalition of Recreational Users including the GMWS, Friends of Waterbury Reservoir, VT Bass Assoc., VT Personal Water Craft Assoc. and interested individuals.  The new Rules adopted under then Option 2 of the Petition greatly increased the 5 mph/ no wake zones of the Reservoir for quiet use while establishing the siting of 2 water ski courses.  The majority of the Reservoir remained high speed multi recreational use.  The resolution of the intricate user conflicts was made possible by the foresight of the WRB, which was a citizen board.  News of this was spread nation wide that water skiers & quiet users could resolve their differences in VT. 

On behalf of the GMWS, I attempted to contact Commissioner Bodecker’s office yesterday (7/24) about our concern with the Rule Making Procedures for the user conflict resolution on Great Hosmer Pond.  I was informed I could not discuss this subject with her, because the discussions were complete with the involved users. Any comments can only be done by email/letter.  I asked why our organization,which is an effected user group was never contacted?  I was told they could can not contact everyone and there was public notice made.    Comments:

(1)  The GMWS takes issue with the ANR for going to Rule Making w/o following the Use of Public Waters Rules established by State Statute and entrusted to the ANR for their management.  If the ANR proceeds to finalize Rule Making, this will set a  precedent that is potentially harmful to various users of our public waters.  WE believe this is a dangerous slippery slope that will lead to more conflicts and bad decision making.  The original UPWP was established based on the WRB outreach including public hearings held in several locations state wide.  It was the goal of the WRB UPWP “… to provide a basis for both avoiding when possible, and resolving when necessary, conflicts in the use of public waters in a comprehensive and integrated manner so that the various uses may be enjoyed in a reasonable manner, considering the best interests of both current and future generations of the citizens of the State and insuring that natural resource values of the public waters are fully protected.”   WE believe this document has stood the test to time and should not be bypassed  by a State Agency.    The GMWS considers this a breach of public trust.

(2)   Section 2.4 of the UPWR  requires “when establishing either general or specific rules for the use of public waters under 10 VSA Section 1424 the following persons and entities shall be consulted…”  The list includes affected user groups.  Our Organization has never been contact or consulted.  We have a well documented history of involvement on public water issues  for decades. 

(3)  The GMWS recommends the ANR discontinue their current Rule Making process.  We recognize ANR is trying to get the conflicting parties together to resolve their differences, but bypassing the Use of Public Waters Rules the ANR  has been entrusted to use  by establishing new Rule Making procedure is flawed  Public Policy.  The GMWS further recommends that ANR inform the conflicting parties that if they cannot come to a local solution among themselves, a Petition that proposes a specific rule change that fully complies with the provisions UPWR is the only option.  The affected parties should be informed that they are both at risk of being disappointed with the end result if they can not compromise by using the separation, time of day and/or days as tools to resolve their differences.  Different Options could also be provided by joint Petition that would then go to Public Hearing for a fair resolution. This would be very similar to what happened in Waterbury Reservoir.  The frame work for settling this matter has been well established for over 20 years.

Bruce Epstein, President GMWS
CELL:  (802)272-5324

CC:  Hard copy Governor Scott

Annual Meeting 2017

Hi Members,

Our Annual Meeting will be held Friday, May 12 at our home in Waterbury (address is below). Social time starts at 6:00 pm with Pizza provided.

Bring your own beverage. Meeting will commence ~ 6:30 pm. Agenda will include Treasurer’s Report, Election of Officers, Membership status, Club website, this year’s Tournament/State Championship, NorthEast Slalom Series (NESS) Update, State Records, Scheduling Ski Clinic(s), Equipment Rentals, GMWS Sticker/Decal, the Alan Rossi Award, Waterbury Courses Update, and any other items. If you would like any other items added let me know. Please confirm if you will attend so we can order enough Pizza. You can email me or respond directly below.

The Tom Costello/Alan Rossi first state championships were successful with great scores and conditions. Congrats to all our new state champions (listed below). Thanks to all that volunteered your time to make our tournament a success! The tournament was also a stop on Justin Campfield’s North East Slalom Series, which is a seven stop five state tour that culminates in a head to head cash finals. Points awarded are NOPS equalized to level the playing field so everyone has an opportunity to win. For more details visit the North East Slalom Series website The Jamie Beauchesne Clinic held in July was supported by GMWS and Alan Rossi funding and again well attended. 2016 Alan Rossi Award went to Skip Hommel from Massachusetts. Skip is a great skier dedicated to helping skiers improve and volunteering time to our sport. Well deserved! Congrats to Joyce Dobberton Womens 5 Regional Champion, and Donna Epstein for 2nd Place at Nationals in Idaho.

Our 2016 Vermont Champions:

Will Bruzzese Boys 2 Abby Campfield Girls 2
Justin Campfield Mens 3 Karen Bruzzese Womens 3
Bill Bruzzese Mens 4 Darlene McCormick Womens 5
Joe Bourgeois Mens 5 Donna Epstein Womens 7
Bruce Epstein Mens 7    

Our Club is what we make of it. Please make every effort to attend.


Bruce Epstein, President
13 South Pinnacle Ridge RD
Waterbury, VT 05676

[email protected]
CELL: (802)272-5324

Boat Winterizing Info, Invasive Species Fundraiser

As Fall is officially upon us according to the calendar I thought I would forward some information pertaining to boat winterization. Kenneth Kajenski who owns Ski Marine in Williston, VT reminded me of the importance to be properly winterizing your boat. He says about 99% of the engines and exhaust manifolds he replaces are due to improper winterization. The antifreeze you use should be a propylene glycol with corrosion inhibitor (Pink Fluid) but there is another Pink Fluid propylene alcohol that should not be used. The propylene alcohol will harden rubber seals and causes corrosion. Check the label to ensure you are getting the right stuff. Never use a toxic antifreeze (green stuff) that you put in your car. The pink stuff for recreational vehicles is bio-friendly.  Kenneth also noted the importance of draining your engine block and exhaust manifolds of water prior to flushing/filling with antifreeze. Just running antifreeze through your engine and hoping it replaces the water is not a good idea. I have also attached some winterizing tips from Discount Inboard Marine. If you would prefer to have someone winterize your boat engine for you please contact Kenneth Kajenski at Ski Marine 1-802-879-2050. He is a member of GMWS.

Many lakes in Vermont have been battling invasive plant and animal species: Most notably is Eurasian Milfoil. The Lake Iroquois Association located in the towns of Hinesburgh/Williston/Richmond is raising funds to help fight the nasty weed and improve the water quality in Lake Iroquois. They are holding a fund raiser on Tuesday, October 4 from 5-9 PM at the Hinesburgh Public House Restaurant. There will be a locally sourced three course Community Supper for an inclusive price of $20.00.   Half of the funds raised will support Lake Iroquois Association efforts to improve Lake Iroquois water quality, including milfoil control.  Support this local business and support beautiful Lake Iroquois. If you can attend you get a great meal for a great price and help support the efforts of the Lake Iroquois Association.

If you have paid your dues for the year thank you. If you have not paid your dues for the year it would be greatly appreciated if you would do so. A mere $10.00 for an individual or a mere $15.00 for a family. You can pay your dues here on our website by sending a check or by credit card through PayPal.

Record breaking summer temperature wise. Sure hate to see it ending. Thanks for being a member of Green Mountain Water Skiers!

Joe Bourgeois
Membership – GMWS

Joyce Dobbertin Wins Regionals, Donna Epstein 2nd at Nationals

Joyce Dobbertin won her first regional title battling difficult conditions at Lake Holly in Sparta, VA. She was one of a few competitors all day in all divisions to ski into a third pass due to a high “busy” water level. She scored 2@15-off 32 mph in the Womens 5 division. Congrats Joyce, well done!

Donna Epstein, Womens 7, won her division at Regionals and then went on to place 2nd at Nationals!

Justin Campfield, Mens 3, and Bruce Epstein, Mens 7, also skied both Regionals and Nationals, with Bruce winning his division at Regionals.

Tom Costello Alan Rossi VT Champs, Aug 27

Please click Events in the menu bar to see all the standard info about our tournament. Please register online. Entry deadline 8/20.

This year’s tournament ( 17E016C ) is the inaugural year of being the VT State Champs! We will also be going back historically and pulling together VT records, so please let us know what you may know about past stellar performances.

The following people are confirmed for the 2016 tournament: Darlene McCormick, Bruce Epstein, Donna Epstein, Pat Morrill, Bill Putnam, Cole Maurer, Tonya Maurer, Bob Radimer, John Witmer, Scott Behner, Louisa Behner, Kathy Callan, Will Bruzzese, Bill Bruzzese, Karen Bruzzese, Shannah Pochini, Eric Dole, Justin Campfield, Abby Campfield, Joyce Dobbertin, Joe Bourgeois, Skip Hommel, Julie Hommel, Michael Cantamessa, Skylar Hathorn, Becky Bartlett, 78 of 75 pulls. We will start a waiting list as we may be able to include one or more additional people.

Ski Clinic July 20

We have the one and only professional water skier Jamie Beauchesne here again in Vermont to conduct a water ski clinic on Wednesday July 20. This is a terrific opportunity to improve your water skiing skills. The clinic will start at 8:00am at the Wrightsville Reservoir Boat Launch Area on Rte. 12 North of Montpelier.

There will be 1/2 hour slots starting at 8:00am every half hour until noon and 1:00pm every half hour until 5:00pm. Noon to 1:00pm is lunch/schedule float time. Cost for the clinic is $40/set for club members. All non-members are $60/set. To secure your slot email the time period you would like to reserve to Bruce Epstein at [email protected], and either make payment by check or by PayPal. (Please note this is a new email address.) Bruce’s mailing address and contact info are listed below. Any questions, please contact Bruce Epstein.

You can also call with questions. Thanks! Hope to see you there!

Bruce Epstein
13 South Pinnacle Ridge Rd
Waterbury, VT 05676

EMAIL: [email protected] ** NEW EMAIL ADDRESS **
CELL: (802)272-5324

Green Mountain Water Skiers 2016 Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday May 10 at our home in Waterbury (address is below). Social time starts at 6:00 pm with pizza provided. Bring your own beverage. Meeting will commence ~ 6:30 pm.

Agenda will include Treasurer’s Report, Election of Officers, membership status, club website, this year’s tournament / state championship, North East Slalom Series, State Records, scheduling Ski Clinic(s), equipment rentals, GMWS Sticker/Decal, the Alan Rossi Award, Waterbury courses update, and any other items. If you would like any other items added let me know. Please confirm if you will attend so we can order enough pizza. You can email me at address below or respond directly below.

We had a great 2015. The Tom Costello / Alan Rossi Slalom Derby was again successful with great scores and conditions. This year’s will be our first official State Championship and be part of the North East Slalom Series. Thanks to all who volunteered your time. The Jamie Beauchesne clinic was supported by GMWS and Alan Rossi funding and again well attended.

The 2015 Alan Rossi Award went to Randy Youngsma from Mass. Randy is a regional slalom champion and senior driver who has been a driving force pioneering tournament skiing in New England. He has mentored many skiers and has continued to volunteer his time despite being injured for several years. Alan would be very proud.

Our Club is what we make of it. Please make every effort to attend.

Bruce Epstein, President
13 South Pinnacle Ridge RD
Waterbury, VT 05676

[email protected]
(802)272-5324 (cell)

Tournament Results 2015

We had another great season capped by our annual Tom Costello Alan Rossi Slalom Derby tournament.  The weather cooperated again with light winds, sunny skies and temps up near 80.  The day’s best scores was Pat Morrill with 4@38 off 34mph, Bob Radimer 2@38 off 34mph, Bruce Epstein 2@38 off 32mph, Justin Campfield 4@35 off 34mph, and Jon Kusiak 2@35 off 36 mph. For the women Darlene McCormick got 3.5@28 off 32mph.

The day’s real highlights included Joe Bourgeois getting 1.5@35 off 34mph, and the Boys 2 duel between Will Bruzzese and Chase Gulick. This was Joe’s first tournament. Running a pass is the usual measure of success in one’s first tournament, but to get into 35 off is a truly incredible achievement! Big congrats to Joe! The boys put on a great show of their own by getting into 22 off 34mph.  Chase bested Will by one half a buoy with 1.5 @ 22. Both boys exhibited exceptional technique that is reminiscent of Chris Rossi & Jamie Beauchesne at their age. Much appreciation to everyone who worked hard to make our tournament a success.

A big thanks to Fred Costello for yet again providing the t-shirts in memory of Tommy and Alan!

This year’s Alan Rossi Award went to Randy Youngsma. Randy is a past Eastern Regional champ, has put on many tournaments, and has always been a mentor/friend to everyone he’s met, including Alan. We are sure that Alan would be very proud to have Randy the award winner.

Bruce Epstein, President