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Celebrating National Water Quality Month! 
August 22, 2015
A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LAKES ASSOCIATION
Dear Lake Friend,
Did you know that August is National Water Quality Month?! It makes sense to draw attention to the importance of having clean water during a time when people are enjoying rivers, lakes, and oceans across the country.

In New Hampshire, our 1,000 lakes and ponds provide a variety of recreational opportunities for residents and tourists, alike, to enjoy. While some of our watebodies contain aquatic invasive species and/or experience periodic algae and bacteria blooms, overall, New Hampshire is home to some of the healthiest lakes and ponds in the country!

In this issue of Shorelines, you'll learn about some of the good work that is being done by organizations and individuals throughout the state in an overall effort to keep New Hampshire lakes healthy, clean, and enjoyable for years to come.
 
NH LAKES Bestows Stewardship Award!

Antrim resident recipient of the
2015 Morten Award
Robin Loveland, founder, past President, and member of the Franklin Pierce Lake Association, was awarded the John F. Morten Award for Exemplary Lakes Stewardship at that association’s annual meeting on August 8 in Manahan Park alongside beautiful Franklin Pierce Lake in Hillsboro, New Hampshire.
 
The Morten Award was established in 2002 in memory of the late John F. Morten (1914-1989), in recognition of his lifelong work to protect New Hampshire lakes and ponds. It was his vision and grassroots efforts that led to the creation of the statewide New Hampshire Lakes Association. The Morten Award is the highest award given by NH LAKES annually to a person who has had a significant impact on the protection of lakes and ponds in New Hampshire.
 
Robin single-handedly pioneered the founding of the Franklin Pierce Lake Association in 2009 and served as its first President and chief volunteer. She recruited her family, friends and neighbors from around the lake to become members, networked with state agencies and NH LAKES, initiated water quality monitoring, aquatic plant prevention (Lake Host) and early detection (Weed Watchers) programs, and launched the association’s website. She was the driving force behind the creation of an effective lake stewardship organization.
 
Tom O’Brien, President of NH LAKES, presented the Morten Award to Robin, noting that, in addition to all the work that she did to create the lake association, she went one step further. “Robin did, for the Franklin Pierce Lake Association, one of the most important things that any leader can do,” he explained, “she found her replacement." For these reasons, the award selection committee unanimously agreed upon Robin for the 2015 John F. Morten Award.

To learn more about the Morten Award and how to nominate an exemplary lake steward in your community, click here.
 
Meet our newest Lake Explorers!
Does your family like to paddle and/or explore? A family from Maryland (pictured above) had a great time paddling on Lake Sunapee, Little Sunapee, and Otter Pond this past July while earning their official NH LAKES Lake Explorer Quest badge.

"We come up to Lake Sunapee every summer, but we've never taken the time to explore other lakes in the area," commented the Maryland dad. "We found a lot of cool spots we didn't know existed!"

NH LAKES invites individuals and families to get out and explore our lakes and ponds by paddling through the Lake Explorer Quest Program! Individuals/families who explore three waterbodies by canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or other paddle boat and document their explorations with NH LAKES will earn an official Lake Explorer Quest patch and certificate.

Not only is the Lake Explorer Quest Program a great way to get some exercise, see new places, and have some fun, it's a unique way to teach people about boating safety and aquatic invasive species prevention. Participants must certify that they practiced the “Clean, Drain & Dry” method for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species and implemented safe boating practices on each excursion.

"The boys were so excited to receive their Lake Explorer badges and certificates in the mail," commented the Maryland mom. "We will be back to paddle the lakes of New Hampshire again next summer!"

There are still many weeks of paddling left this summer. Find out how you and your family can start your explorations today by CLICKING HERE.
 
NHDES Releases New Acid Rain Report:

Long-term Trends Show Improving
Water Quality
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has published a new report that summarizes the long-term trends of pH, acid neutralizing capacity (ANC), sulfate and nitrate concentrations in precipitation, lakes and ponds. Results indicate that the precipitation that falls on our state is less acidic than when the monitoring program began and that watersheds are slowly exhibiting signs of recovery from the impacts of acid rain.

For more information, CLICK HERE.
 

Double rainbow over Franklin Pierce Lake, Hillsboro. Photo by Nancy Cone.

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, Education 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, or a Lake Host, join at a special discounted rate!

To find out more, just click here.

 

Lake Hosts continue to 'save' lakes!

As of early August, our 775+ Lake Hosts working at 100 of the busiest boat ramps throughout the state have removed 37 fragments of aquatic invasive species hitchhiking on boats and trailers!

Lake Hosts have also taught thousands of boaters how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

To see when and where these 'saves' were made, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about the Lake Host Program, CLICK HERE.

Have you seen the new NH Fish & Game website?

Check out the new mobile-friendly NH Fish & Game Department website at www.wildnh.com.
 

WANT TO SEE WHAT NH LAKES IS UP TO?
 
Check out the
NH LAKES CALENDAR!
IN THE NEWS

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Drawdown to Occur at Power Mill Pond, Bennington, NH

Greenfield Lake Boat Ramp Repaired and Open to Public

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New Hampshire Game Management Challenges

Norway, Pearly ponds have algae blooms

Proposed Fish and Game License Fee Increases Announced

State issues cyanobacteria warning for Downing Pond

State issues cyanobacteria warning for Nippo Pond, Barrington

VERMONT

Lake watchers call for quicker response to blooms

Volunteer milfoil pullers wanted in Quechee

MAINE

Belgrade Lakes' water quality down

MID-WEST

Hydrilla plant inches closer to Great Lakes

Lake Erie's toxic algae bloom is back and it's spreading

NATION

Blue-green algae is a growing threat to US water supplies say scientists

WORLD

Spanish lakes may have held Earth's first flowers
 
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