Lakes and the Lorax
April 23, 2016
Dear Lake Friend,
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Every year since then, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement.
We’ve come a long way since the 1970s cleaning up the environment. No more stories of rivers catching fire or running the color of the dye used in the woolen mills. But, truth be told, we have a long way to go in New Hampshire (and beyond) to pass along a healthy and sustainable environment—including healthy and sustainable lakes—to future generations.

In honor of Earth Day 2016, we thank you for all that you do to help keep New Hampshire's 1,000 lakes and ponds healthy, clean, and safe. Our lakes would be much worse off it weren't for you. Thank you.

We hope you enjoy and are inspired by this issue of Shorelines.
by Iris LaMoreaux, Kindergarten. Earth Day 2015.
Climate Change? Ask a fishing guide

by Tim Moore
This article was originally posted at on April 6, 2016.

March 18, 2016…the earliest ice-out ever recorded on Lake Winnipesaukee. March 31…the last day of ice fishing season on Lake Winnipesaukee. One of these things doesn’t go with the other.
The earliest ice-out ever recorded has happened three times since 2010 and each time it seems to get earlier than the last. Add that to the fact that you can’t fish for salmon and lake trout through open water until April 1 and you have a gap that can’t be filled by many businesses.
I’m a professional fishing guide. I make my living in the winter guiding ice fishing clients in New Hampshire’s lakes region. The ice fishing season on Lake Winnipesaukee is from January 1 through March 31 each year, leaving me with three months to make 90 percent of my winter income.
My last day on the ice this winter was March 7th. With only 8” of ice, and warm temps and rain in the forecast, there was no way the ice was going to last more than another day or two. I was forced to cancel the rest of the trips I had booked for the 2016 ice fishing season. It was a depressing decision, one that cost my business thousands of dollars, and a clear indication that climate change is very real.
To read the full article, click here.
Registration is OPEN!
Sessions are filling quickly!
If you haven't yet registered for the 2016 Lakes Congress - don't delay as some sessions have already filled!

To register, click here.

2016 Lakes Congress Quick Facts:

When: June 2 (7-8:30pm) & June 3 (8am - 2:45pm) 

What: 23rd annual educational & networking event

Where: Church Landing at Mills Falls, Meredith

Agenda: Click here.

For More Information: Click here.

To Register: Click here.
You won't want to miss our keynote presenter!
Céline Cousteau, the granddaughter of legendary explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, and Blue Mind movement advocate, will kick off the Lakes Congress on Friday, June 3, as our keynote presenter. She will talk about how water has influenced her life and work and how we can all work together to conserve the Earth's water - including our lakes.
Is there an exemplary lake steward in your community?
Call for 2016 Morten Award Nominees!
Is there someone in your lake association that ‘does it all’ keeping your group on track and keeping tabs on what needs to be done to protect the lake? If yes, please nominate him/her for the 2016 Morten Award - click here!
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.
To nominate an individual for the 2016 Morten Award, visit the NH LAKES website to download a nomination form. Nominations must be submitted by June 1, 2016.
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

Dedicated to protecting New Hampshire lakes and their watersheds.
New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting all 1,000 of New Hampshire's lakes and ponds. 

Join us as an individual, family, association, or business member - the more partners and support we have, the better off our lakes will be!

If you are a Lake Host or a member of your local lake or watershed association, join us a special discounted rate.

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Help inspire the next generation of lake stewards!

We invite adults and students (16 years of age and older) to join the NH LAKES outreach team this summer! 

Our outreach team will be traveling around the state hosting our Watershed Warriors Activity Circuit and other fun, hands-on lake ecology and exploration activities at youth camps, festivals, association meetings, and other community gatherings.

Volunteers will be provided with training and lots of fun opportunities to make a difference by inspiring our next generation of lake stewards! (And for students, this is great opportunity to gain valuable 'real world' experience to add to their resume!)

If you are interested in volunteering, even for one outreach event this summer, contact Andrea LaMoreaux, NH LAKES Vice President, at or 603.226.0299.


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New Hampshire loon dies of malaria
Scientists investigating potential link between toxic cyanobacteria and ALS
Walleye Will Not Be Stocked into Moore Reservoir
What an early spring means for Maine’s Lakes
Environmental groups: More needed to keep phosphorus out of Lake Erie

No new confirmed aquatic invasive species in Great Lakes for 10 years
Coal-tar-based pavement sealcoat—Potential concerns for human health and aquatic life

Putting Invasive Weeds to Work
Satellite Data Helps Detect Harmful Algal Blooms
What Does 50 Years of Boating Look Like?: BoatUS Magazine's 50th Anniversary Edition Chronicles People, Boats and Industry Innovation
May 11: 2016 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference. Concord, NH. Presented by the NH Department of Environmental Services and the American Groundwater Trust. Click here.
May 20 – 21: Lake Management Today - Specific Strategies for Livable Lakes. Marlborough, MA. Presented by The New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society and the Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations. Click here.
June 4: NH Free Fishing Day. Click here.
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