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A Time of Extremes
February 25, 2017
A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LAKES ASSOCIATION
Dear Lake Friend,
It has been a winter of extremes in New Hampshire. We recently endured a nearly two-week period of significant snowstorms occurring every two to three days, and now, just a week or so later as I write this, it's 65 degrees outside and brilliantly sunny -  I can actually see the snow piles receding outside our office in Concord. 

Due to the extreme weather, the ice on our lakes and ponds this winter is extremely variable - traditionally thick in some areas while unusually thin in many other areas - making it difficult for us to safely enjoy the myriad of recreational offerings our lakes typically provide for in February. While 'ice-in' was officially declared for Lake Winnipesaukee on February 13, the airport runway on Alton Bay was closed on February 21 due to thin ice conditions, and the annual Lake Winnipesaukee 'ice-out' contest is now open for guesses.

It has also been an a winter of extremes in my household for cabin fever, partly because we haven't been able to get out to ski, snowshoe, and skate on the lake. Last Sunday afternoon, I literally had to force my husband and daughter outside with me to get some fresh air. While we didn't end up skating on the lake as we had planned, we snowshoed up Little Sugarloaf which overlooks Newfound Lake. Somewhere along the relatively easy 1.5 mile hike, I was relieved to find that we had shook off our cabin fever - in fact, we were busy making plans to slip on our hiking shoes to hike back up this summer just to see what the lake will look like then!

Wherever this issue of Shorelines finds you, I hope that you are looking forward to summer on and along the lake!

On behalf of the NH LAKES Staff,

Andrea LaMoreaux
Vice President
NH LAKES staffer Andrea LaMoreaux (left) and her family beat a case of cabin fever by hiking up Little Sugarloaf in Alexandria to take in the sights of Newfound Lake. 
Calling all lake, pond, river & watershed groups!
Applications now being accepted for the
2017 Lake Host Program!
We are pleased to offer the Lake Host Program, one of the nation’s premier aquatic invasive species education and prevention programs, for its sixteenth year! We invite groups that have participated during previous years and new groups to apply for a grant to implement the program at boat ramps open to the public on lakes, ponds, and rivers throughout New Hampshire.

If your group hasn't participated in the Lake Host Program and there is a boat launch on your local waterbody, we can help you set up a simple program - contact us!

For application information, click here. 
Please share this important information!
Safety tips for snow machine operators on lakes & ponds
Click on the picture above to view a short video produced by Tim Moore Outdoors on snow machine operator safety information.
We're saddened by the recent tragic events on Lake Winnipesaukee that took the lives of three individuals on snow machines. If you snow machine on our lakes and ponds, or know anyone who does, please take a few minutes to watch a safety video produced by Tim Moore Outdoors.
From NH DES GREENWorks: Ideas for a cleaner Environment
Working Toward a New Granite State Label: No Salt Added

For most people, salt has become synonymous with snow and ice removal. You see plow trucks salting the highways and you get your own salt to deice your driveway and walkways. It’s just what you do. Well, there are a lot of people in New Hampshire working to move the state away from all of that salt.

To learn more, click here.

Wondering about NH's environmental quality?
Check out the new & improved NH Environmental Dashboard!
To help New Hampshire citizens get a sense of the state's environmental well-being, the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has released a dashboard which provides the public with a status report on a short list of key environmental indicators. The indicators cover the spectrum of environmental topics including air pollution, coastal waters, contaminated property, drinking water, lakes, rivers, waste management, water availability, and wetlands. The discussion of each indicator includes an overview, a summary of the current condition or trend, and information on how NHDES is addressing the topic area.

To check out the dashboard, click here. 
Volunteer efforts are critical in protecting our lakes!
Do you know a volunteer manager who...
  • Has worked at least two years as a volunteer manager (paid or unpaid)? 
  • Is directly responsible for development and management of a volunteer program at the local/state level?
  • Demonstrates excellence in program management?
  • Shows initiative in developing available resources?
  • Is an all-around superstar of service?
If 'YES' then nominate him or her for the:
 
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Celebrating 25 years of protecting the lakes and ponds of New Hampshire. 

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Fourth Generation Steward, Amanda Grappone Osmer, has committed Grappone Automotive Group’s support to the NH LAKES 2017 Lakes Congress if they can tie the sale of 10 vehicles to us.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Feb. - Mar. 4: Peter Ferber Exhibit
The Art Place
Wolfeboro, NH

Mar. 3: Screening of the Eagle Huntress
NH Audubon
Red Rivers Theaters
Concord, NH

Mar. 31: Wild & Scenic Film Festival
New Hampshire Rivers Council 
Red River Theaters, Concord, NH
UPCOMING TRAININGS & CONFERENCES
Mar. 24: NH Water and Watershed Conference
Plymouth, NH

Mar. 25: NH Environmental Educators Annual Meeting
Hancock, NH

Mar. 30 & 31: Landscaping for Water Quality in the Lakes Region
Moultonborough, NH

Apr. 8: Saving Special Places Conference
Alton, NH

May 23: 2017 Governor's Conference on Volunteerism
Concord, NH 
 
Jun 1 - 2: 2017 NH LAKES Lakes Congress
Meredith, NH
IN THE NEWS
NEW HAMPSHIRE

10 snowmobilers die in thinly frozen lakes in mild Northeast

Experts tread on thin ice to help stranded loons

Fish and Game Staffing Issues Compound Search Difficulties

Ice Safety Awareness Urged as School Vacation Weeks Get Underway

Ice-in declared on Lake Winnipesaukee

Moose Plates Help Fish and Wildlife

More thin ice fatalities, accidents occurred in 2017 compared to 2016

NH dams not nearly as big a problem as the dam in California

Weirs Pier getting wholesale do-over

MID-WEST

Aquatic invasive species thrives in winter

Climate shifts affecting Great Lakes ice cover

Grass carp have invaded 3 of the Great Lakes

How lake quality affects housing markets

Minnesota lake businesses must take aquatic invasive species training

UNITED STATES

‘Fast-forward spring’: America’s February warmth is extreme, and it’s just getting started

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