July is Lakes Appreciation Month!
July 25, 2015
Dear Lake Friend,
Did you know that July is Lakes Appreciation Month?

Lakes Appreciation Month is a time to enjoy your favorite lake and to think about what your life would be like without it. It is also a time to think about the threats that are facing our lakes. We can't afford to take for granted that our lakes will always be there and always be usable. What are you doing to help protect your favorite lake?

Truth be told, most NH LAKES staff members have taken a day or two off from work this month to get out and enjoy a lake. But, mostly we have all been busy working with you - our members and friends - protecting New Hampshire's 1,000 lakes.

If you haven't gotten out on the lake yet this summer, take a break and jump in! And, if you haven't had a chance to take action to help protect your favorite lake, now is the time. If you're not sure what you can do, contact us!
I've found my happy place:
Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

by Taylor Hickox of Arnold, Maryland, granddaugther of Carol and Paul Richardson of Alton Bay, New Hampshire.
My excitement builds as my grandparents and I near Lake Winnipesaukee, my “summer home.” As we come around the curve of Route 11 into Alton Bay, a wave of peace and happiness washes over me and cleanses my mind of stress, schedules, and responsibilities. The split second that I glimpse the glistening blue water in the tip of ‘the bay’ is one of my favorite moments of my whole vacation. 

The lake is a magnetic force that attracts me and keeps me coming back; it is pure, natural beauty. The majestic Ossipee Mountains and other peaks standing tall over the sparkling, placid waters make for quite a spectacular view. It’s like the mountains are guarding this delicate place like bodyguards protecting a beautiful princess. This view tickles me every summer. I can’t get enough of it. I like to think that the lake is a well-kept secret that is especially for me, and that I can enjoy it in peace, without massive crowds, noise, or other distractions. The whole time I’m there, I don’t want to be anywhere else, because when I’m in, on, or around the lake, I am perfectly content.

Besides taking in gorgeous views, being at the lake also includes spending time with my grandparents...

To read more, click here.
Wondering about milfoil in the big lake?
Register to attend the "State of Milfoil: 50 years later" event hosted by the Lake Winnipesaukee Association on August 6, 2015, by clicking here.
Jump into lakes!
Click on the video above - there's still plenty of summer left to jump into the lake!
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
Gretchen Rae, Education Assistant

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Through the NH LAKES Lake Host Program - one of the nation's premier aquatic invasive species education and prevention programs - a total of 28 fragments of aquatic invasive species have been removed from boats and trailers so far this summer.

Lake Hosts - approximately 275 NH LAKES seasonal employees and 500 local volunteers - are staffing 100 of the most highly used boat ramps throughout the state this summer. They are conducting courtesy boat and trailer inspections and teaching boaters how to clean, drain and dry their vessels and gear to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

To see when and where these aquatic invasive species 'saves' were made, click here.

To find out more about the Lake Host Program, click here.

Thank you, Lake Hosts, and keep up the good work - there's plenty of summer boating left!


Photo by Kittie Wilson.


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