Hooray - it's mud season!
March 28, 2015
Dear Lake Friend,
Yes, we are thrilled that it's mud season here in New Hampshire! Air temperatures are rising, snow banks are receding, and the ice on our lakes is melting. By April 1st, all bob houses must be removed from the ice - no foolin'. While some reports indicate that the ice is two feet thick in spots, getting out onto the ice is extremely dangerous this time of year. We urge you to stay off the ice now and we assure you that the boating and swimming season is not far off! 

In this issue of Shorelines, you will find some tips on how to help keep our lakes healthy this time of year, links to a variety of lake-related news items, a listing of events that you won't want to miss, and more.
Enjoy mud season and protect our lakes!
by Andrea LaMoreaux, NH LAKES 
In New Hampshire, we take mud season and winter storm damage clean-up in stride. Despite the complaints, I actually think that most of us enjoy mud season—often referred to the ‘fifth season’ in New England. Mud season typically starts in March and extends through April, and is advertised by the gaudy orange load limit signs that are posted on many town roads. After a long winter, mud season brings a welcomed opportunity to go outside and get some fresh air, sunshine, and exercise—just what the doctor ordered to for a bad case of cabin fever. It is a time to clean up the yard, plan home improvement and landscaping projects, and guess when ice-out will occur on our lakes.
If you are looking for an excuse to get outside on the next sunny day and enjoy what mud season has to offer, here are a few things you can do to clean up your property and protect the health of local lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams:

To read more, click here.
The early bird gets the worm!

Register for the 2015 Lakes Congress -
before it sells out!
  • Thursday, May 28: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. - Spend the evening with us and the Lake Winnipesaukee Association for a discussion with Jim Gallagher of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services about lake level management. Then plan to stay the night in Meredith.
  • Friday, May 29: 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m
Where: Church Landing at Mills Falls in Meredith along beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee
What: The focus of our 22nd annual educational and networking conference is to provide training to participants in hands-on skills that they will use to educate, advocate, and organize to help protect and manage their local lakes!
Highlights Include:
  • Training with Eric Eckl, nationally-renowned marketing campaign strategist for environmental causes and founder of Water Words That Work!
  • Certification as a Lake Host, Weed Watcher, and Watershed Warrior Activity Leader!
  • Networking with nonprofit tax and fundraising professionals!
  • Field trips aboard the Lake Winnipesaukee Association Floating Classroom!
For More Information & To Register:
Do you know an exemplary lake steward?

Call for 2015 Morten Award Nominations!

In September 2002, a special award was created in honor of the late John F. Morten (1914-1989), in recognition of his lifelong work to protect New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds. It was his vision and grassroots efforts that helped create the Lakes Region Federation, which later became the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) upon its merger with the New Hampshire Lakes Legislative Coalition. It was John Morten who saw the value of a statewide umbrella organization to represent lake interests with both the legislature and state agencies.
If you would like to nominate an individual for the 2015 Morten Award, visit the NH LAKES website to download a nomination form. All nominations must be submitted by June 15, 2015.
Summer is on its way!
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We hope you enjoyed this issue of Shorelines. As always, please contact us with your lake questions and concerns.


The NH LAKES Staff
Tom O'Brien, President
Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President
Martha Lovejoy, Member Services & Fiscal Administrator
Erin Graichen, Member Services Assistant
Chen Wang, Advocacy Intern

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Check out the new
April 11: Saving Special Places 2015 
8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., John Stark Regional High School, Weare, N.H.
April 15: Reel Paddling Film Festival 
7 p.m., Red River Theatres in Concord, N.H.
April 18: Discover WILD NH Day 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., N.H. Fish and Game Dept., Concord, N.H.
April 23: Kayak Fishing: Learn from the pros!
7 p.m., NH Fish & Game Dept., Concord, N.H.

April 23. Starting and Building a Nonprofit
3 - 6 p.m., Community Campus, Portsmouth, N.H.
May 6: NH DES Drinking Water Source Protection Conference
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Grappone Conference Center, Concord, N.H.

May 12: 2015 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m, NH Technical Institute, Concord, N.H.
May 28 & 29: NH LAKES 2015 Lakes Congress   
7 – 8 p.m. May 28;
8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. May 29. Church Landing at Mills Falls, Meredith, N.H.
14 Horseshoe Pond Lane
Concord, NH 03301

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