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Shower Better to Protect the Lake?!
October 22, 2016
A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LAKES ASSOCIATION
Dear Lake Friend,
Autumn is a beautiful time for our lakes. Despite the lack of rain over the past several months, the foliage reflected in our lakes has been stunning!

However, many of our lakes are plagued by historically low water levels for this time of year, causing navigation, water supply, and water quality concerns. Some scheduled annual lake drawdowns have been reduced, or even cancelled. And, it isn't just our lakes. Two rivers - the Exeter and the Spicket - are not running and many wells have run dry. Residents and businesses across the state are being urged to conserve water and report shortages and associated economic impacts. Whether or not you like a true New England winter, a snowy winter is what we need to help refill our lakes, rivers, and other water sources.

In this issue of Shorelines, you'll find out how your showering habits could help conserve water - including lake water - and a few other things, too - enjoy!

Lake Winnipesaukee in autumn.
Credit: www.facebook.com/seasonssplendor

Lakes In Autumn
We can feel the seasons change as a nip in the air at night, and we can easily see it, too, in the seasonal tapestry change in trees. Autumn is a time of change in New Hampshire, of finishing up those warm-weather projects and attempting to plan for an increasingly unpredictable, but doubtless chilly, winter. The lakes are experiencing seasonal change as well. Now, the strong summer sun and warm breezes no longer heat the rippled lake surface and this heralds a total breakdown in the unseen summer structure of the lake’s water column. 

To learn what is going on in your favorite lake, click here.
Drought Conditions are Worsening

Concord, NH - On October 20, 2016, the NH Drought Management Team coordinated by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, met to discuss current drought conditions. Mary Stampone, NH State Climatologist, provided some good and bad news. In accordance with the National Drought Monitor, drought conditions are worsening in areas and spreading. Currently approximately 20% of the state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions and 80% of the state is experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions. The current U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook indicates little improvement in the southern portion of the state, but potential for improvement in the north by the end of January.

To stay informed on the latest drought conditions and current drought related information and to find out what you can do, go to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Drought Management Program webpage - click here.

October is 'Shower Better Month!'

This October, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is celebrating Shower Better Month, as proclaimed by Governor Hassan, by encouraging residents to save water, energy, and money through showering better. By showering for one minute less, families can save more than 500 gallons of water per year. Better yet, by replacing a showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model, families can save 2,900 gallons of water per year, the amount of energy to power a home for 13 days, and up to $70 on utility bills.

To learn more, click here.

Kudos to the Beaver Lake Improvement Association for conducting a shoreline clean up each autumn!

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

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HAVE YOU SHARED YOUR PRIORITIES WITH US YET?

As we do every year, we are asking our membes for their input on lake and watershed issues to determine our legislative and public policy agenda for the coming year. Through the 2017 Advocacy Survey, we invite you to tell us what issues are important to us and how you would direct us to address them.

By November 30, please share your thoughts with us - just click here!

UPCOMING EVENTS
Timber Harvest, Trees and Watershed Health
October 26, 2016
Squam Lakes Association
Holderness, NH
 
NHACC Annual Conference
November 12, 2016
Pembroke Academy
Pembroke, NH

Salmon Sunday
November 13, 2016
NH Fish & Game Department
Tuftonboro, NH 

7th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
March 31, 2017
NH Rivers Council
Concord, NH
 
24th Annual Lakes Congress
June 1 & 2, 2017
NH LAKES
Meredith, NH
IN THE NEWS
NEW HAMPSHIRE

Biocontrol: Fighting Invasives with…Invasives

Drought causes problems for boaters in Lake Winnipesaukee

Low lake levels prompt change for Winnipesaukee cruise ship
 
MASSACHUSETTS


Monterey divided on proposal to form lake district

NEW YORK

Invasive clams in Lake George here to stay

WORLD

Calculating the role of lakes in global warming

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