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Lucky in Lakes?
August 13, 2016
A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LAKES ASSOCIATION
Dear Lake Friend,
We are lucky. Here in New Hampshire we have some of the most pristine and picturesque lakes in the country. And, while August has arrived, there's still plenty of warm weather ahead to enjoy them - all 1,000 of them!

However, here at NH LAKES we aren't taking our lakes for granted. We are continuing to work hard this summer to protect our lakes from invasive species, bacteria, toxic algae, and so much more. 

While we hope you have had time to relax at and enjoy your favorite lake this summer, we ask you to take a few minutes to read this issue of Shorelines. You will learn about some of the pressing issues threatening the health of lakes and what you can do to become more informed and to make a difference.
Is the water level low at your favorite lake?
NHDES Urges Residents to Conserve Water

A combination of a below average snowpack this past winter, little precipitation to recharge the groundwater and an increase of evapotranspiration this summer, and the inability of New Hampshire watersheds to store large volumes of water due to their geology has landed the northern half of the state in abnormally dry conditions and the southern half in severe drought. Drought conditions will likely persist into the fall.

As a result of the current conditions and the long-term forecast, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is urging New Hampshire residents to conserve water as long as drought conditions persist.

For more information, including what you can do to conserve water,
click here.

Concerned about cyanobacteria in your favorite lake?
Cyanobacteria and You:
A Primer on Cyanobacteria
Blooms of potentially toxic cyanobacteria have been occurring more frequently around the country and locally in New Hampshire. Cyanobacteria (often referred to as blue-green algae) are a natural component of New Hampshire waterbodies, and are important organisms for the health and growth of many plants.

However, certain cyanobacteria produce toxins that can affect the nervous system, liver, or endocrine system if ingested in large enough quantity. Dr. Jim Haney of the UNH Center of Freshwater Biology, and his team of researchers have been conducting research for the past decade to learn what effects cyanobacteria and its toxins may have on human health through water and the food web.

The Lake Winnipesaukee Association is hosting a FREE talk given by Dr. Haney on cyanobacteria on Wednesday, August 17, at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro. To learn more, and to register, click here.
Concerned about bacteria in your favorite lake?
Granite Geek:
Predicting E.coli Levels in N.H. Lakes
Photo Source: DAVID P. WHELAN / MORGUEFILE

This article was originally published by NHPR on August 10, 2016.

It’s easy enough to check the weather before you head out for a hike. Maybe you click on the weather app on your smartphone, scan for thunderstorms, and plan accordingly. But when it comes to going for a swim, real-time information on water conditions is not just a click away.

After several outbreaks of the bacteria E. coli in New Hampshire lakes this summer, the state has been looking into using a software program that could predict dangerous water conditions. Granite Geek David Brooks, a reporter for The Concord Monitorspoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello.


For the full article, click here.

Interested in NH lake quality data?
NHDES Releases New Hampshire Lake Information Mapper
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has released a new interactive surface water quality map that provides links to historical and current water quality data and invasive aquatic species distribution information. 

This interactive map allows the user to zoom in and click on a lake of interest and access a pop up menu that displays the lake name, waterbody ID, trophic status, reports by year, and other information.

To access the map, click here.
Has your group ever hosted a cardboard boat race?
In early August, NH LAKES hosted the Watershed Warrior Activity Circuit at the Town of Freedom Old Home Days cardboard boat race event. Not only did we train 14 new Watershed Warriors to take action to keep our lakes healthy, our cardboard 'Milfoiler' pirate ship took first place in the '12-Year-Old & Under' racing division! A great time was had by all!
We hope you enjoyed this issue of Shorelines and found the information provided useful. 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

 

Join the Lake Keeper Society as a monthly donor for as little as $5 per month and reduce NH LAKES' costs, make a bigger impact, and help improve the quality of New Hampshire lakes! And, you'll be entered into drawings to win great prizes!

To find out more, and to join, click here.

20 'SAVES!'
As of mid July, our 700+ Lake Hosts working at 100 of the busiest boat ramps throughout the state have removed 23 fragments of aquatic invasive species hitchhiking on boats and trailers.

To see when and where these 'Saves' have been made, click here.

To learn more about the Lake Host Program, click here.
HAVE YOU GOTTEN YOURS YET?!

We are sending this guide for lake-friendly living to new, renewing, and current NH LAKES members upon request. It is also available for free download on our website—click here.
 
Lake associations that are members of NH LAKES will receive 50 complimentary copies. To order your supply email mlovejoy@nhlakes.org.

IN THE NEWS
NEW HAMPSHIRE
 
Boats riding a wave on NH lakes

Keeping the Lakes Clean – Watershed Restoration Plan Focuses on Limiting Phosphorus in Runoff
 
New Lakeside Park in Enfield ‘Just the Tip of the Iceberg’
 
Newmarket company's technology aids study of ALS-algae link

WEST

Lake Tahoe Is Just A Microcosm Of What's Happening To Lakes In The West
 
Lake Tahoe Sees Record Change In 2015

WORLD

Algae Outbreaks: Fed by Drought, Climate Change, Pollution

Harmful Algae Rapidly Adapting to Earth’s Rising Carbon Dioxide Level

Scary neurotoxin found in blue-green algae blooms, connected to ALS and Alzheimer’s

‘We’ve primed the system': Why disgusting toxic blue-green algae blooms seem increasingly common

SPACE

Mars Veins Caused by Evaporating Ancient Lakes

KNOW AN EXCEPTIONAL VOLUNTEER?

If there's an exemplary volunteer in your community who takes care of your lake, be sure to nominate him or her for a 2016 Spirit of NH Award!

For more information, click here.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Linda Schier, Executive Director of the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance (AWWA), has been awarded a 2016 Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment.

Linda was nominated for her exemplary work and dedication to protecting the lakes in the border region of Acton, Maine and Wakefield, New Hampshire.

To find out about Linda's contributions to lake protection, click here
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