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Your monthly NH LAKES newsletter
January 2020
Dear Lake Friend,
We are lucky here in New Hampshire that we can enjoy our lakes all year round. But, please remember to use caution when venturing out. Our partners at New Hampshire Fish and Game have issued these tips for staying safe on the ice.

I hope you'll enjoy winter and this issue of Shorelines!


Erin Mastine, Outreach Program Coordinator

Help us find our next Lake Conservation Outreach Specialists!

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. NH LAKES seeks two half-year (22.5 weeks) LRCC members for the 2020 season beginning May 20, 2020, and extending to October 24, 2020. Read more about these positions here, and please help spread the word!

Sign up for our Advocacy Alert

The 2020 legislative session is upon us. Our Advocacy Alert e-Newsletter keeps you informed on state policies that affect our lakes and the state legislative process. When NH LAKES needs advocacy support, readers are asked to contact legislators on specific bills or policy issues. Sign up today!

It’s not too late!

Were you thinking about making a donation to the NH LAKES Annual Appeal? NH LAKES asks its supporters to join with others at the end of the year to make a meaningful donation to support the work we are all doing to keep our lakes clean and healthy. If you have already made a donation, thank you! If you haven't yet, it's not too late. NH LAKES’ fiscal year does not end until March 31. Your donation today will make sure we can do more work next year!

Lake-friendly snow storage and removal

Did you know that improper snow storage and removal practices can harm lake health? Learn how you can do your part to protect our lakes this winter here.

Lake Sunapee Protective Association internship available

The Lake Sunapee Protective Association has one of the most extensive water testing programs in New England, with its own laboratory at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire, and they are looking for help. Read more about this opportunity here.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game offers opportunities for winter anglers 

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department stocks trout during the fall to bolster the winter ice fishery, translating into some exciting fishing action during winter! Read more here.

Time to buy your voluntary Hike Safe Card for 2020

Hikers, climbers, back country skiers, kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase their voluntary annual Hike Safe Card for 2020. Card sales help defray the costs of training and rescue equipment for NH Fish and Game Law Enforcement Conservation Officers, preparing them to come to your aid if the unexpected happens. Learn more here.


"Ice-In" declared on Lake Winnipesakee!

Dave Emerson, of Emerson Aviation, has declared an official "ice-in" on Lake Winnipesaukee. The call was made Sunday, January 19, but officials strongly recommend using caution because the ice is still very weak in many places. Read more here.

Are you planning any springtime construction or landscaping projects at your lakefront property?

If so, you need to be aware of the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act. This state law helps protect lakes, ponds, and rivers from polluted runoff water and other threats to water quality. You can do your part to keep lakes clean and healthy by following the requirements under the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act. Click here to learn more.
Lethal algae blooms – an ecosystem out of balance

Toxic formations in waterbodies across the US and the Baltic are part of a worrying trend linked to the climate crisis and farming methods. Read more here.
Black Ice Pond Hockey, Thursday, January 23 - Sunday, January 26

Pond Hockey Classic, Friday, January 31 – Sunday, February 2

Bug Nights with the Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program Wednesday, February 5

Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby, Saturday, February 8 - Sunday, February 9

Squam Lakes Winterfest, Saturday, February 15

Remick Museum ice harvest and winter fun, Saturday, February 22
Check out our most popular stories on social media:

Facebook: Good morning from Newfound Lake

Instagram: Happy winter solstice! 

Twitter: New England Sees Record Number of Loons in Several States
Answer the question below to be entered into a raffle for a free mug featuring our logo!

Rockywold Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake has been harvesting ice used for refrigeration for more than 100 years. How many tons of ice do they harvest each year?

Email your answers to Erin Mastine, Outreach Program Coordinator, at by Friday, January 31. All those who submit the correct answer will be entered into a raffle to be drawn the following week. The winner will be contacted using the email address used to submit the answer. Good luck!
Last month's trivia answer: The use of shoreline de-icing equipment requires that you register with the New Hampshire Department of Safety under RSA 270:34. Where can you register and how much does it cost? Registration forms are available from your local Town or City Clerk for $0.50.

Congratulations to Dale P.!
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