Ice-out is a busy time!
April 18, 2015
Dear Lake Friend,
Spring has sprung - finally! 

Reports of ice-out and loon sightings are trickling in from our lake friends throughout the state. While it may be a week or two yet until the ice goes out on the biggest lakes, marinas and boat owners throughout the state are busy getting boats ready for launch.

Ice-out is a busy time here at NH LAKES. As our friends and members are planning for their summer at the lake, our phones have been ringing and our in-boxes are brimming with program and event inquiries and registrations. We love hearing from you - keep the calls and emails coming! 

And, in the meantime, we hope you will take a few minutes to read this issue of Shorelines.
Early bird registration ends SOON!
There's something for YOU at the
2015 Lakes Congress - don't miss it!
Program highlights include: When:
  • Thursday, May 28: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. - Join us for a discussion on lake level management. Then, plan to stay the night in Meredith at any of the Mill Falls Inns at a special discounted Lakes Congress rate!
  • Friday, May 29: 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 pm - Then, join us for a day of training and networking with fellow lake enthusiasts, presenters, and exhibitors!
Where: Church Landing, Meredith, NH

For More Information & To Register:
This is the first in a series of profiles of NH LAKES members who are investing their time and treasure in our future. 
Meet Our LakeKeepers
Joe Goodnough (left) testing the clarity of Lake Sunapee. 

Joe Goodnough

"I have always been a lake person; I've had a boat since I was 12." Joe and his wife bought their home on Lake Sunapee in 1965 and shortly thereafter they became involved with the work of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association (LSPA).  By 1992, Joe was serving as the president of LSPA when a group of individuals started formulating the idea of a statewide voice for the lakes of New Hampshire. “It was crazy,” Joe said recently. “The three towns around this lake all had different shorefront regulations. It was like a patchwork quilt of guidelines that didn’t make any sense.”
The New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) founders were motivated by a need for statewide shorefront protection regulations along with two other key issues: jet skis and dramatic cuts to the Marine Patrol budget. NH LAKES first (unofficial) executive director was Paul Grevstad, who was then serving as the LSPA executive director who, thanks to Joe, was “loaned” to the effort.
When asked why he’s still so directly involved with NH LAKES, Joe says “Because we are quite successful at what we have done and what we are doing.” Joe points to recent national award given to NH LAKES Lake Host program and the success this program has had preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.
“NH LAKES deserves much more recognition for their efforts. Everyone with lakefront property in New Hampshire should be a member of this organization. NH LAKES is why you can go out into the middle of most lakes and see the bottom and the water quality is good enough to support nesting pairs of loons. We owe all of this to the statewide voice that NH LAKES offers.”
“All of us who enjoy safe boating on crystal clear lakes should thank NH LAKES for their gifts to our quality of life.”
Pressure-Treated Wood:
Can It Be Used in New Hampshire's Waters?
There is a great concern about the use of pressure-treated wood in New Hampshire waters. Historically, creosote, pentachlorophenol and inorganic arsenicals have been the most common preservatives used to extend the life of wood by protecting it from damage by insects, fungi, water and weather. High concentrations of these wood preservatives have been determined to have the capability to cause birth defects, tumors or cancer. As a result, creosote has been banned from use for quite some time.

Until recently, chromated copper arsenate (CCA) was widely used to treat wood because it is water insoluble, making it preferable over pentachlorophenol which dissolves in water. However, it was still possible that over time, inorganic arsenic would leach from the wood and contaminate the environment. On February 12, 2002, the EPA announced a voluntary decision by the industry to shift consumer use of treated lumber for play-structures, decks, picnic tables, landscaping timbers, residential fencing, patios and walkways/boardwalks away from products that contain arsenic by December 31, 2003, supporting the use of new alternative wood preservatives.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services advises against using pressure treated wood in any waters of the state.

To read more, click here.
Summer is on its way! 
Photo Source: Purity Spring Resort
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

Dedicated to protecting New Hampshire lakes and their watersheds.
Join us as an individual, family, association, or business member!

If you are a member of your local lake or watershed association, join at a special discounted rate!
Who takes care of your lake?

Call for 2015 Morten Award Nominations!

If you know someone whose years of volunteer commitment and love for lakes has made your favorite lake a better place, we invite you to nominate him/her for the 2015 John F. Morten Award. 

Visit the NH LAKES website to download a nomination form. All nominations must be submitted by June 15, 2015.
Check out the new
Are you wild about New Hampshire?
NH Fish and Game, in collaboration with other agencies and organizations, is updating the NH Wildlife Action Plan this year. The Plan is a blueprint that guides state agencies, conservation organizations, towns and others in their efforts to protect wildlife species and manage wildlife habitats. Everyone who works in or enjoys the outdoors - biologists, land use experts, land protection advocates, conservation commission members and more - are encouraged to weigh in on the plan for protecting wildlife species and habitats for the next decade.
You are invited to join the discussion!  

To find out more, click here. 
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.

April 28, Guarding Against Fraud and Embezzlement  
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, 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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