It's official!
February 20, 2016
Dear Lake Friend,
It's official! Lake Winnipesaukee - the Big Lake - iced over on February 15! But, this doesn't mean that the ice is safe.

This year's inconsistent weather patterns have made ice conditions vary more than usual, even up in the northern parts of the state. This has caused events that depend on a thick and predictable ice cover - fishing derbies, pond hockey tournaments, ice racing, and more - to be relocated, postponed, or even cancelled. Some folks that have ventured out onto what looked like a safely iced-in waterbody, have gotten themselves into some hot water - or rather, some very, very cold water - by falling through. 

If you do venture out, be sure to check the ice thickness frequently. Better yet, read this issue of Shorelines and wait for a really prolonged cold-snap before heading out!
On February 15, a declaration of 'Ice-In' was made for Lake Winnipesaukee after pilot Dave Emerson observed that the entire lake had finally frozen over. Photo Credit: WCVB
1 million water samples collected for assessment

Volunteers Dayton Goudie and Mark Meau sample Partridge Lake in Littleton, NH. Photo Credit: NH Dept. of Environmental Services Volunteer Lake Assessment Program.

CONCORD (Union Leader, 1/23/16) — Evaluating all the surface waters of New Hampshire isn't an exact science, especially because it would be difficult if not impossible to obtain water samples every two years from every bend and cove in every one of the state's 8,800 “assessment units,” as they are called.
A long river or large pond can have several separate areas or “units” tested. In a state with 1,000 lakes and ponds and 17,000 miles of rivers and streams, the math can be overwhelming.
For the most recent assessment, now under review, state environmental officials collected more than 1 million water samples, according to Ted Diers at the Department of Environmental Services.

To read more, click here.
Advocacy Update:
'Clean & Drain' aquatic invasive species prevention bill to be voted on by NH House!
House Bill (HB) 1589—our aquatic invasive species prevention ‘clean and drain’ bill—was voted ‘ought to pass’ by the New Hampshire House Resources Committee on Thursday, February 11, on a 20-0 vote.
More good news! HB 1589 was recommended to be placed on the House consent agenda, which would mean it would be ‘lumped in’ for a vote with a number of other bills for which there had been overwhelming committee support and  little or no opposition. This full House vote will likely occur on March 9 or 10. We will keep you posted!

If you have any questions, contact Tom O'Brien, NH LAKES President & Policy Advocate, at or 603.226.0299.
From the New England Historical Society:
Winnipesaukee Water Wars and the 1859 Fight for NH Property Rights
Lake Winnipesaukee by William Trost Richards.
Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum.

On Sept 28, 1859, James Worster led 50 angry farmers, mill operators, loggers and laborers in a vain effort to destroy a 250-foot dam that controlled the outflow of Lake Winnipesaukee. The dam regulated how much water would flow into the Merrimack River and power the cotton cards, the spinning frames and the power looms of the enormous textile mills in Lowell and Lawrence, Mass. It was just one battle in the Winnipesaukee water wars that had gone on for years. To read more, click here.

If there's a public or private boat ramp on your lake...
Protect your lake through the Lake Host Program this summer!
NH LAKES is now accepting applications from NEW and returning local groups to participate in the 2016 Lake Host Program!

Summer 2016 marks the 15
th year of this nationally-recognized and highly effective aquatic invasive species education and prevention program. Applications are due on March 21. 

Last summer, Lake Hosts staffed 101 ramps on 80 waterbodies and removed 48 specimens of aquatic invasive species hitchhiking on boats and trailers. 

We know that the Lake Host Program works and we know that there are many, many boat ramps throughout the state that are not protected by Lake Hosts.  

Groups eligible to receive a Lake Host Program payroll grant award include lake, pond, river, watershed associations, conservation commissions, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations caring for a local waterbody that has a boat access ramp that serves the public and is located on a lake or pond greater than 10 acres in size or is located on a river.  If you are not sure if your ramp can be considered a ‘public’ ramp, contact NH LAKES. 

Groups with private or public ramps may also participate in the Lake Host Program on a voluntary (non-grant award basis) or by providing local funding for Lake Host employee wages. For more information, contact us. 

It only takes one invasive plant fragment or a few microscopic larval cells of an invasive animal to cause a serious problem. Don’t let another summer go by without Lake Host protection at your lake.
For more information, visit, call us at 603.226.0299 or email us

A special thanks to all Lakes Region Conservation Groups...
In the January issue of Shorelines, we included an excerpt of and link to the article "Lakes Region Profiles: The heros of the Lakes Region" published by the Laconia Daily Sun on January 8, 2016. This article recognized the great work of several natural resource conservation groups in the Lakes Region. We were thrilled and humbled that NH LAKES was listed among these groups and we know that there are several worthy groups that weren't mentioned in the article. Thank you to all groups and individuals who work and volunteer to protect these resources!
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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 members - the more partners and support we have, the better off our lakes will be!

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Could there be a link between cyanobacteria and ALS?
Finally, Lake Winnipesaukee is fully covered in ice
Iced-in loons rescued from Lake Sunapee
UNH Researchers Invent Low-Cost Method to Monitor Lakes for Airborne Toxins
Climate change warming area lakes

Minimal ice cover could spell trouble for Great Lakes: Ice can affect lake levels, ecology
Great Lakes group enforces ballast regulations on foreign ocean liners
Invasive mussels spreading into area lakes
Rock Snot Found in Western North Carolina Waters

Debris Flow From California's Rough Fire Threatens Lakes Downstream
New boating inspection rules take effect Friday

Drones, dogs and DNA the latest weapons against invasive species
Growth of blue-green algae across Nova Scotia a concern
Climate change: Bolivia's second largest lake dries up, in pictures
New invasive species is threatening fish life in the Shannon (Ireland)
Greenhouse gas emissions of small lakes
Our lakes are getting darker
Site of martian lakes might have been linked to ancient habitable environment
When: June 2  & 3, 2016
What: 23rd annual educational and networking event

Where: Church Landing at Mills Falls, Meredith

Plan to Stay the Night! 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.
Registration: On-line registration will open on April 1. Many sessions have limited seats so put a registration reminder in your calendar!
Agenda: Click here.

NH LAKES is seeking future and current environmental educators and conservation professionals to join its outreach team during summer 2016. We have two part-time paid summer positions & several volunteer internship opportunities available.

Please share these opportunities with anyone you think might be interested and qualified.

For more information, click here.


"Managing New Hampshire’s Water for a More Resilient Environment"

Friday, March 18, at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH 

For more information & to register, click here.

Register today and then stop by the NH LAKES booth at the conference!

CONCORD, N.H. (January 25, 2016) – When you register your vehicle this year, show your support for nongame wildlife by buying a New Hampshire Moose Plate. "Moose" conservation license plate funds benefit the NH Fish and Game Department's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program in a big way. Did you know that the moose plate program funds one-fourth of the Nongame Program's work protecting and restoring threatened and endangered wildlife and keeping common species healthy? For more information, click here.

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