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Kick-Start Your Summer!
May 16, 2015
A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LAKES ASSOCIATION
Dear Lake Friend,
Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner! For many, Memorial Day weekend signifies the start of summer. While some hearty souls may take their first dip of the year into the lake over the long holiday weekend (the water is still a little chilly!) we know that many boats will be launched into New Hampshire's 1,000 lakes and ponds during this time. 

For NH LAKES, Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of the Lake Host Program each year. This summer, approximately 750 Lake Hosts stationed at 105 of the most highly used boat ramps throughout the state will teach boaters how to “clean, drain and dry” their boats to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species from waterbody to waterbody. Summer 2015 marks the 14th season of this nationally-recognized aquatic invasive species education and prevention program.

For NH LAKES this Memorial Day weekend also means that Lakes Congress - our annual educational, training, and networking event - is on Friday, May 29th, only days away. We're holding this event a month earlier this year to kick-start summer and we hope you'll join us!

As you make plans for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, we invite you to take a few minutes to read this issue of ShorelinesYou'll find out more about Lakes Congress, aquatic invasive species, and a few other things, too!

 
Kick-Start Summer with us at the
2015 Lakes Congress - May 29!

Only a few days left to register - don't miss out! 
When:
  • Friday, May 29: 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m - Join us for a day of training and networking with fellow lake enthusiasts, presenters, and exhibitors! The opening plenary session will be followed by three concurrent sessions.
  • Thursday, May 28: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. - Spend the evening with us and the Lake Winnipesaukee Association for a discussion with Jim Gallagher of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services about lake level management.
 
Where: Church Landing at Mills Falls in Meredith along beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee
 
What: The focus of our 22nd annual educational and networking conference is to provide training to participants in hands-on skills that they will use to educate, advocate, and organize to help protect and manage their local lakes!

Highlights Include:
  • Training with Eric Eckl, nationally-renowned marketing campaign strategist for environmental causes and founder of Water Words That Work!
  • Certification as a Lake Host, Weed Watcher, and Watershed Warrior Activity Leader!
  • Networking with nonprofit tax and fundraising professionals!
  • Field trips aboard the Lake Winnipesaukee Association Floating Classroom!
For More Information & To Register:

www.nhlakes.org/lakes-congress
Remind your guests and renters to
“Clean, Drain and Dry!" this summer!

 
If you have family, friends, or renters that plan to launch their boat – canoe, kayak, motor boat, or other vessel – into the lake off of your property or at a nearby launch, please teach them how they can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by always taking the time to “Clean, Drain and Dry” their boat, trailer and gear.

It’s simple – here’s how:

Clean
Before boating and before leaving the launch, remove all visible plants and other debris from your boat, trailer, and other recreational gear, and dispose of it in a trash container.

Drain
After boating and before leaving the launch, drain water from bilge, live wells, and bait buckets.

Dry
Before boating again, dry the boat, trailer, and other equipment and recreational gear that has come in contact with water. At least five days of drying time is recommended. And, if possible, rinse your boat and gear off after every use – the hotter and higher the pressure of the water, the better. Ensure that rinse water does not enter surface waters.

THANK YOU!
 
NEW VIDEO! 
 
Aquatic Invasive Species in New Hampshire’s Waters: The past, present and future?
NH LAKES has produced a new video that provides an overview of the aquatic invasive species problem in New Hampshire. While we are doing a good job in New Hampshire of preventing the spread of aquatic invasive plants and animals, watch this video to find out what else we can be doing to better protect our lakes. This video is posted at www.nhlakes.org/lake-host. (DVDs will be available soon!)
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, join at a special discounted rate!
 Do you know an exemplary lake steward?
If you would like to nominate an individual for the 2015 John F. Morten Award, visit the NH LAKES website to download a nomination form. All nominations must be submitted by June 15, 2015.
Looking for something to do with the kids or your guests this summer?
 
NH LAKES invites individuals and families to get out and explore our lakes and ponds by paddling through our 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. Participants must also certify that they practiced the “Clean, Drain & Dry” method for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species and that they implemented safe boating practices on each excursion.
 
To find out more, CLICK HERE.
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