Wishing for more frightful weather?!
December 19, 2015
Dear Lake Friend,
Wishing you holiday greetings - unusually warm holiday greetings, that is!

While we do hope that you have a wonderful holiday season with family and friends, we are hoping that the weather turns a bit more winter-like - it's nearly time for Santa to put away the water skis and get onto his sleigh! 

While the weather outside hasn't been so frightful, we have been hunkering down at NH LAKES wrapping up 2015 and preparing for 2016. We have also been keeping our fingers crossed that the lakes will freeze soon. The health of our lakes greatly benefits from a calm period of ice cover and many businesses and outdoor enthusiasts benefit from the ice cover as well! 

We hope you find a few minutes of calm during this busy holiday season to sit back and enjoy this issue of Shorelines.
From the archives...
How do lakes freeze?
We’re lucky in New Hampshire—our lakes typically freeze during winter. This provides us with another great season of fun on the lake. While many of us are looking forward to the cross country skiing, ice skating, snow-shoeing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling opportunities that our favorite lake will soon offer, we must wait patiently for the ice to form and become thick enough to support us and our recreational gear.
How does a lake freeze?
Since early August when New Hampshire’s lakes typically achieve their warmest temperatures, our lakes have been cooling off and starting the freezing process. Here’s how it happens…

To read more, click here.
Looking for some holiday gathering conversation starters?
NH LAKES 2015 - By the Numbers
92,184 courtesy boat inspections were conducted through the 2015 Lake Host aquatic invasive species prevention program.
792 Lake Hosts protected 103 boat ramps from aquatic invasive species.
160 new Watershed Warriors took the pledge to 'take action' to help keep lakes healthy. 
155 individuals attended the 22nd Annual Lakes Congress.
 aquatic invasive species 'saves' were made by Lake Hosts.

1 national award was given in recognition of the Lake Host Program.
The ice will come eventually...
Looking for a Year-End Tax Deduction?
Donate an old car, boat, RV, or other vehicle to NH LAKES by 11:59 pm on 12/31!
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. Your donated vehicle will be picked up at no cost to you 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.
Steam rising off our lakes is a sure sign that ice is on its way.
Photo courtesy of JS Graustein.
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

Gretchen Rae, Program Assistant
Dedicated to protecting New Hampshire lakes and their watersheds.
To STOP this from happening to our lakes!
If you have already contributed to the NH LAKES Annual Fund, THANK YOU!

If you haven't yet made your special year-end gift, we invite you to do so today. It's easy to contribute online - just click here.
Your Annual Fund gift will support critical work.

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 their boats between waterbodies to help stop the spread of invasive species. 

We are counting on you to make a gift to the NH LAKES Annual Fund to help STOP aquatic invasive species.
Here's a few holiday gift-giving ideas for the lake-lover in your life...
Lake Winnipesaukee Adventure Series Children's Books      (25% off through Dec. 24!)
Blue Mind is a a New York Times best-selling book about how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do. Author Wallace J. Nichols will provide the keynote address at our 2016 Lakes Congress!
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