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Things are heating up at NH LAKES!
May 21, 2016
A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LAKES ASSOCIATION
Dear Lake Friend,
While it seems to be finally warming up outside, it's heating up fast this spring at NH LAKES! 

The 15th season of our nationally-recognized Lake Host Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program kicked off in early-May, nominations for the 2016 Morten Award are due on June 1, and we are hosting our 23rd Annual Lakes Congress educational, training, and networking event on June 2nd and 3rd! 

June 1st also marks the date that a new law will go into effect which will provide more protection to our loons from lead poisoning caused by fishing tackle, and we have an aquatic invasive species prevention bill waiting to be signed into law by the Governor!

In this issue of Shorelines, you'll learn about all of this and much more! 
Advocacy Update

Our "Clean & Drain" Bill is on its way to the Governor!
In March we told you that House Bill 1589 - the ‘Clean and Drain’ bill - had been passed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Following additional advocacy work from NH LAKES with many of you – our members – the Senate subcommittee and then full Senate voted unanimously to pass the bill. It is now moving through a final process that we expect will result in the Governor signing the bill into law - possibly at our 2016 Lake Congress on Friday, June 3!
 
This new law will require all boaters to clean off all aquatic vegetation - native and invasive - from their boat and trailer, and to drain their boat, whenever they exit a waterbody. We know that cleaning and draining a boat will prevent most aquatic invasive plants and animals from hitchhiking from one waterbody to another. If boaters also take the time to dry their boats, trailers, and gear – ideally for a minimum of five days – the potential for the spread of aquatic invasive species will virtually be eliminated.
 
We have the power to prevent the further spread of aquatic invasive species if we all clean, drain, and dry our boats, trailers, and gear between waterbodies. We know that you know this – but let’s spread the word to everyone else – including our family, friends, neighbors, renters, and visitors to our favorite lake.

Once it is signed by the Governor, House Bill 1589 will become law on January 1, 2017. We look forward to working with you all in getting the word out. We thank all our members and supporters for helping us to make this happen and we thank the dedicated legislators and agency officials who rolled up their sleeves with us and got the work done.
 
To subscribe to the NH Advocacy Alert! or if you have any questions about our Advocacy Program, contact Tom O'Brien, NH LAKES President & Policy Advocate: tobrien@nhlakes.org or 603.226.0299.
Time is running out to reserve your spot!
Register before it's sold out!
If you have been meaning to register for the 2016 Lakes Congress - don't delay as time and space are running out!

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.
Don't forget to nominate!
 
Call for 2016 Morten Award Nominees!
Don’t forget to nominate, for the NH LAKES 2016 Morten Award, that exceptional volunteer who ‘does it all’ at your lake! We look for the volunteer who has helped their lake, their lake association, their community, and who may even have had a statewide impact. It is a high bar but we know there are many deserving volunteers in our statewide lakes community.

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.
It's almost time to jump into the lake!
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
Krystal Costa, Education Program Assistant
Megan Hanna, Outreach Coordinator

 
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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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LAKE HOST PROGRAM KICKS OFF!

Summer 2016 marks the 15th season of the NH LAKES Lake Host Aquatic Invasive Species Education and Prevention Program!

Thanks to grant funding provided by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, TransCanada, and the Alden Young Trust, and generous contributions from many lake associations, municipalities, and individuals, 104 ramps throughout the state will be staffed by trained Lake Hosts this summer.

We are pleased to welcome the following two groups to the program this year:

- Laconia Conservation Commission

- Town of Bow Conservation Commission

We anticipate hiring approximately 300 NH LAKES temporary employees to work as Lake Hosts and that 500 individuals will volunteer to serve as Lake Hosts!

If you would like to help protect a lake in your community from aquatic invasive species, volunteer to become a Lake Host. Contact your local participating group or contact us and we will help place you with a group.

IN THE NEWS
NEW HAMPSHIRE
 
Lakes Region Profiles – War and Peace on Lake Winnisquam
 
Merrimack River concerns based on flawed data
 
New Version of Lead Jig Law Takes Effect June 1
 
Officials aim to rid Bow’s Turee Pond of milfoil
 
Please abide by the fertilizer ordinances protecting our lakes
 
Survey of New Hampshire Freshwater Anglers Underway
 
NEW YORK

EPA Puts Up $1.5 Million to Fight Invasive Species in New York

Governor Cuomo Announces $2 Million in Grants to Prevent Spread of Invasive Freshwater Species
 
MID-WEST

Berm Built to Stop Invasive Species Entering Lake Erie

Mandatory training required for aquatic invasive species violators
 
WEST

Invasive mussels discovered in 3 more Arizona lakes
 
SOUTH

Invasion of Asian carp in south Louisiana waterways, and how to control it, continues to baffle officials
 
UNITED STATES
 
EPA Releases Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS

SPACE

Super-salty Turkish lakes may hold key to spotting life on Mars
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