Historic Happenings!
March 26, 2016
Dear Lake Friend,
Friday, March 18, is a day that will go down in history in New Hampshire - at least until next year. March 18 is now the earliest recorded date for 'ice-out' on Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Sunapee. We know that most of New Hampshire's 1,000 lakes and ponds also experienced their earliest recorded ice-out this year.

While an early ice-out may be a cause for celebration for many, it is also a cause for concern. An early ice-out means an early start to the growing season for all plants in the lake - native and invasive. And, an early ice-out means that the water will warm up sooner than in previous years. While this may be good for swimming, it may also be good for the growth of nuisance and potentially toxic algae and bacteria.

It's more important now, than ever, for all of us to better understand the threats to our lakes and to do what we can to protect these irreplaceable natural resources. There is a lot that you can do to make a difference and NH LAKES is here to help. Here are two things you can do today: 1. Read this issue of Shorelines; 2. Then, forward this issue to your fellow lake association members and lake friends. 
'Ice-out' on Lake Winnipesaukee was declared by pilot Dave Emerson on the morning of Friday, March 18. Photo credit: Dave Emerson.
96 of NH Residents place a high priority on protecting our water quality
Residents from all corners of New Hampshire shared their visions for the future of the state during the Granite State Future Project, a three-year effort to look, listen, and gain insight into the past, present and future of New Hampshire and the people who live and work here. The information in The Statewide Snapshot gives an overview of the themes, issues, concerns, and ideas that were referenced repeatedly throughout the project.
The project found that New Hampshire’s natural beauty is something dear to nearly all residents and it keeps environmental and natural resource protection as a top priority for investing public dollars.
To find out more about A Granite State Future Project, click here.
Advocacy Update
'Clean & Drain' aquatic invasive species passed by NH House!
House Bill (HB) 1589—our aquatic invasive species prevention ‘clean and drain’ bill—was passed in February by the New Hampshire House Resources Committee on a 20-0 vote. On March 9, it was passed on a voice vote by the full House of Representatives, and on March 22 it 'crossed over' to the New Hampshire Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. We are waiting to learn when that hearing will be scheduled so stay tuned.

For the current status and language of the HB 1589, click here.
While we wait for the next hearing on HB 1589, here's what you can do to help get this bill passed:

1. Contact your State Senator and explain why you support the 'Clean & Drain' bill. For contact information, click here.

2. Contact the Senators on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and urge them to support HB 1589. For contact information, click here.

Don't miss out on any of our advocacy news - if you haven't already, sign up today to receive the NH LAKES Advocacy Alert! - just click here or email us at  
If you have any questions, contact Tom O'Brien, NH LAKES President & Policy Advocate, at or 603.226.0299.
Are you read for April Fools?
Online registration for Lakes Congress opens on APRIL 1!
Mark your calendars to register online for the 2016 Lakes Congress. Online registration opens April 1st - no foolin'. There are several sessions that have limited seats, so don't miss out! 

2016 Lakes Congress Quick Facts:

 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.

Highlights will include:

Céline Cousteau, the granddaughter of legendary explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, as well as Blue Mind movement advocate, as keynote presenter.

Water Words That Work communication training sessions.

Hans Hug Jr., scuba diver and history buff, and his "What Lies Beneath Lake Winnipesaukee?" presentation

Field Trips on the Floating Classroom.

For more information: Click here.
Hatcheries Gearing up for Spring Fish Stocking
CONCORD, N.H. (3/23/16) - Now that spring is here, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Inland Fisheries Division Chief Jason Smith can’t help but get excited about open water angling, and more specifically, trout fishing. Fish culturists at New Hampshire's state hatcheries have had another great growing season, and stocking trucks are ready to get rolling in April. In fact, some of the state's southern waterbodies received fish in late March. New Hampshire hatcheries have close to 1 million catchable-size trout ready for this season. “Since spring conditions have arrived sooner than in a typical year, our hatchery employees are getting an early start,” says Smith.

For the full article, click here.
Keeping a vacation home in your family

Dividing a vacation home among siblings takes planning and cooperation. Despite parents’ best intentions to assure future generations of family togetherness, an inherited home can trigger grudges and, at worst, lawsuits. “You never really know someone until you share an inheritance with them,” says one legal expert.

For tips on how to keep a house along the lake or other vacation home in the family, 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

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, a member of your local lake or watershed association, join us a special discounted rate.

Join online - 

We invite students 16 years of age and older with an interest in environmental education to join our outreach team this summer! 

The NH LAKES 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.

Through this volunteer internship opportunity, students will not only learn about lake ecology and protection, they will be provided with training opportunities, and they will help to inspire our next generation of lake stewards. They will also gain valuable 'real world' experience to add to their resume. 

Please share this opportunity with students you know! For more information, click here. 

PS: If you haven't yet invited our outreach team to your community event this summer, contact us today to set up a date - click here.



Earliest ice-out in history declared for Lake Winnipesaukee

Lakes Region Profiles — The little lakes of the Lakes Region
Large-Lakes Fishing Season Opens April 1

NH just experienced its warmest winter ever

Lake Champlain: Growing old fast


Increasing levels of flame retardants in smallmouth bass threaten Lake Erie fish consumers

Invasive Spiny Flea pollutes Lake Mendota in Wisconsin

North Dakota expands boat plug rule statewide to prevent the spread of zebra mussels

U.S., Canada agree to reduce lake phosphorus: Pledge aims at algae blooms
Toxins Found in 39% of U.S. Southeastern Streams
Shrinking Great Salt Lake


Scientists think Pluto once had rivers and lakes of liquid nitrogen
Do YOU know any Volunteer Managers who have: Gone above and beyond the call of duty?; Shown excellent leadership skills?; Demonstrated superb management abilities?

If 'YES' nominate him/her for the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year Award! Nominations due by April 1.

To nominate someone, click here.
Saving Special Places, New Hampshire's annual land conservation conference: Sat. Apr. 8, Mt. Prospect High School, Alton, NH. 

Governor's Conference on Volunteerism, Tues., May 26, NHTI, Concord, NH. 
14 Horseshoe Pond Lane
Concord, NH 03301

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