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Giving thanks for our lakes
November 28, 2015
A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LAKES ASSOCIATION
Dear Lake Friend,
Here at NH LAKES we have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season including:

Our members - all the individuals, associations, and businesses that provide NH LAKES with financial and in-kind support, enabling the staff to carry out the NH LAKES mission on your behalf, protecting the lakes that we all love.

Our partners - including the NH Department of Environmental Services, Department of Safety, the Fish and Game Department, the Marine Trades Association, and the New Hampshire Rivers Council - groups that we have been working closely with to protect our waters from aquatic invasive species.

Our grant funders - including the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and several foundations - that support our established programs and help us to launch new programs.

Our Board of Directors - a talented, enthusiastic, and hard-working group of people passionate about NH LAKES and all of New Hampshire lakes. 

Our lakes - all 1,000 lakes and ponds in New Hampshire which provide critical wildlife habitat, year-round recreational opportunities, and support our economy in numerous ways.

We hope that NH LAKES is on your list of things to be thank for and that you enjoy this issue of Shorelines.
Photo courtesy of brendajacobsphotography.com
Where do loons go in winter?
Photo by Kittie Wilson.
If you are one of those hearty New Englanders who stayed in New Hampshire for the coming winter and didn’t flock south to a tropical locale, you may be wondering, “well, where do the loons go in winter—do they go south, too?”
 
Common Loons, with their characteristic black and white checkered back and wings, black head, white necklace around their throat, and red eyes, have left New Hampshire for the winter. But they haven’t gone far—and they certainly aren’t basking in the sun in some exotic and warm vacation paradise.

To read more, click here.
There is too much at stake!

Support the NH LAKES Annual Fund & help STOP aquatic invasive species!
Swimming in waters containing invasive species can be dangerous and unpleasant. Your Annual Fund gift will help us stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. 
Our Annual Fund campaign has started out strong. If you have already contributed - thank you!

If you haven't yet made a gift to the Annual Fund, we invite you to do so today. It's easy to contribute online - just click here.
 
This past summer, new aquatic invasive plant infestations were discovered in eight New Hampshire waterbodies. For the coming year, our highest priority will be to ensure that all boaters clean and drain (and when possible, dry) their boats between waterbodies.

The financial support of people like you will allow the mobilization of more Lake Hosts, new educational programs, and potentially even new laws protective of our lakes. We are insistent that the spread of aquatic invasive species can and must be stopped. 

There's is too much at stake - make a gift to the NH LAKES Annual Fund and help STOP aquatic invasive species.
If you use a 'de-icer' to protect your shoreline structures...
If you operate a device to inhibit the natural production of ice along the shoreline, you must obtain a New Hampshire Department of Safety permit. Just visit your Town or City Clerk to get your permit.

You will also need to place signs near your deicing device to warn winter lake users of possible danger, including thin ice and open water areas. Signs must conform to specific standards. Property owners that install de-icing devices but do not comply with permit requirements can be fined up to $1,000.
We hope you enjoyed this issue of Shorelines. As always, please contact us with your lake questions and concerns.

Sincerely,

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, Program Assistant
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!
Last Call! 

REPLY TO THE ADVOCACY SURVEY BY NOV 30th!
If you haven't filled out the 2015 - 2016 Advocacy Survey yet, please do so by November 30th!

By sharing your lake management and protection priorities with us, you will help direct our public policy and advocacy for the coming year. It only takes a few minutes to fill out and you can do it online - just click here!

If you have already filled out the survey, THANK YOU!
IN THE NEWS
 
DOING SOME LATE-FALL CLEANING?
Donate an old car, boat, RV or other vehicle to NH LAKES!
 
Have you been wondering what to do with the old boat or other vehicle in your yard or garage? If ‘yes’ donate it to NH LAKES!

Call the NH LAKES donation hotline at 855-500-RIDE(7433) or click here and you will be guided through the donation process. Pick up of your donated vehicle is always free and most vehicle donations can be picked up within 24-72 hours. You will be provided with a receipt upon pickup that may be used for a tax deduction.
 
Free yourself from the hassles of selling your vehicle and give something to NH LAKES at the same time. This program helps support the mission of NH LAKES.
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