An odd occurrence...
January 23, 2016
Dear Lake Friend,
While much of the eastern seaboard is facing blizzard conditions this weekend, in New Hampshire we are seeking ice. Lake Winnipesaukee, our biggest lake, contains virtually no ice - an odd occurrence for late-January. While most of our smaller lakes and ponds are now covered with ice, in many areas the ice isn't yet thick enough to venture out on. If you do venture out, please be sure to check the ice thickness periodically. A helpful ice-safety graphic is included below.

No matter the weather, the NH LAKES staff is busy year-round. During this time of year, we are testifying at hearings and preparing for our summer programs and events. You'll learn about these activities, and more, in this issue of Shorelines. 
NH Green SnowPro made EPA’s National Nonpoint Source News!
New Hampshire Road Salt Reduction Program Protects Personal Safety and the Environment
Protecting public safety in icy conditions is a common concern, especially in northern states with long winters. This often leads businesses and snow removal contractors to liberally apply salt products to ice-covered sidewalks and parking lots. The hidden costs of over-application is often borne by the environment—much of the salt is carried into streams and groundwater with meltwater, sometimes making the water unpalatable for drinking and uninhabitable for aquatic life. The state of New Hampshire’s successful Voluntary Certified Salt Applicator Program is designed to meet twin goals—protecting public safety and water quality.

To read more, click here.
Lakes Region Profiles:
The heroes of the Lakes Region 
by Mary O'Neil
Sales Associate at Roche Realty Group
LACONIA DAILY SUN (Jan. 8, 2016): To paraphrase President John F. Kennedy, ask not what the Lakes Region can do for you, ask what you can do for the Lakes Region. This area provides amazing water access, boating on numerous pristine lakes, hiking and views from breathtaking trails and mountains, four-season recreation, communities with unsurpassed amenities, towns with all the charm as those in books...the list goes on and on. For this reason, the principle behind Kennedy's words is met with substantial measures by residents and visitors alike. There is a palpable feeling of gratitude among the people who live and visit the Lakes Region. This feeling has translated into action. Here in the Lakes Region, we have conservation trusts, associations, committees, groups and individuals who contribute to preserving our abundant resources.

To read more, click here.
Advocacy Update:
Here's what you can NOW to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species...
The New Hampshire 2016 Legislative Session is underway and we are on deck to testify in support of our 'Clean & Drain' legislation to prevent the further spread of aquatic invasive species.

House Bill (HB) 1589 is designed to modify existing law by requiring boaters to clean off the outside of boats and trailers to remove all vegetation (invasive or native) and to drain the water out of boats (to the extent the vessel is so equipped) when moving between waterbodies. 

Here's how you can help:

1. Attend the hearing on HB 1589 scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, at 1:00 pm. at the Legislative Office Building in Concord. If you plan to testify, bring in 20 copies of your written testimony. 

2. Contact the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee members via phone or email to let them know why they should support HB 1589.  For committee contact information, click here.

3. Spread the word about HB 1589 to your fellow lake enthusiasts.

If you have any questions, contact Tom O'Brien, NH LAKES President & Policy Advocate, at or 603.226.0299.

THANK YOU for your support!
SAVE THE DATE - JUNE 2 & 3, 2016!
When: Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3, 2016
What: The focus of the 2016 Lakes Congress—our 23rd annual all-day educational and networking event—is to provide participants with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills to educate, advocate, and organize to protect water resources, a deeper understanding of their personal connection to water, and inspiration to help others tune into the ‘Blue Mind’ mindset.
Featured Presenters You Won’t Want to Miss!
  • Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols, scientist, water advocate, ‘Blue Mind’ movement-maker, and New York Times bestselling author, will present the keynote address on June 3. ‘Blue Mind’ is the science that describes all of the physical, ecological, economic, cognitive, emotional, psychological, and social benefits of healthy waterbodies.
  • Eric Eckl—2015 Lakes Congress plenary and workshop presenter—and his team at Water Words That Work will provide two highly sought-after communications trainings.
Where: Church Landing at Mills Falls, Meredith, New Hampshire. (Attendees will receive a special discounted rate to stay at any of the Mills Falls Inns in Meredith on Thursday, June 2—to reserve your room, call 1.800.622.6455 and mention that you will be attending the 2016 Lakes Congress.)
To Sponsor/Exhibit: Visit for information and application, or call us at 603.226.0299.
Registration: On-line registration will open on April 1. Many sessions have limited seats so put a registration reminder in your calendar!
View the Conference Agenda & More: Visit
Due to the lack of ice cover on Lake Winnipesaukee, the New England Pond Hockey Classic has been moved to Lake Waukewan. Be sure to check it out!
For more information, click here.
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

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Anglers Take Note: New Lead Law Will Take Effect in 2016
As coldest week of the year approaches, NH businesses hurting for lack of ice
Attention: "Large Lakes" Fishing Enthusiasts
Despite little ice, derby is 'on schedule'
Free Ice Fishing Talks at Fish & Game

Mother Nature Moves 2016 New England Pond Hockey Tournament

Odd occurrence: Lake Winnipesaukee is virtually iceless
Reality TV show a possibility for NH Fish and Game
Waiting for the big freeze-reservoirs are lowered to kill invasive weeds
Fate of Dewey’s Mill Pond Up to Public
Boat quarantined to prevent spread of invasive zebra mussels
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Researchers estimate 20% increase in lake algae over the next century
The U.S. Just Banned Microbeads, Those Tiny Plastic Environmental Disasters in Your Face Wash

Volunteering is good for your health
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Lake warming: The implications are both global and dire

Yangtze lakes drying up as China’s water crisis spreads
Sign up to bring the Watershed Warrior activity circuit to your community this summer!
The NH LAKES Watershed Warrior program is designed for youth and their families to “take action” to keep lakes and watersheds healthy. Traveling through the stations of the Watershed Warrior activity circuit, participants experience hands-on fun while learning about lake ecology and simple everyday things that people can do to help keep lakes healthy. 
The Watershed Warrior activity circuit is the perfect addition to association family fun-days, community festivals, and local summer camp programs.  
To find out more and to schedule NH LAKES staff to host the circuit in your community, click here or email
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