June 25, 2016
Dear Lake Friend,
JUMP IN! Summer has officially arrived at New Hampshire's 1,000 lakes and ponds and it's time to get outside and enjoy them!
Here at NH LAKES we have jumped into summer with both feet! We hosted our 23rd Annual Lakes Congress in early June and it was an awe-inspiring, record-breaking event! Our Lake Hosts have already made at least 3 'saves' of aquatic invasive species. We have released an updated version of one of our popular publications. And, two new laws are now on the books to better protect our lakes. You'll find out about all these exciting events and much more in this issue of Shorelines!

Please help spread the word about these exciting events and information! We encourage you to forward this eNewsletter to your lake friends and fellow association members—just click on the "Forward" button at the top of this publication. If you would like to reprint any of the content found in this issue of Shorelines, please do! We thank you, in advance for citing us—NH LAKES Association—as the source of the information and for sending us a copy of what forward, too! 
June Declared Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Month! 
At the 2016 Lakes Congress, New Hampshire State Representative Suzanne Smith (Hebron) read a proclamation signed by Governor Maggie Hassan declaring June "Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Month."
New Hampshire is known across the nation as a premier destination for fishing, boating, swimming, and observing wildlife. Residents of, visitors to, and businesses in New Hampshire value and depend on our beautiful and healthy lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. Aquatic invasive species pose threats to income from tourism, values of shorefront properties, and sheer enjoyment of the state’s natural resources.
"New Hampshire's lakes, ponds and rivers are cherished by residents and visitors - whether boating, fishing, swimming or paddling,” comments Representative Smith, chair of the legislatively enacted Exotic Aquatic Weeds and Species Committee. “The declaration of June as Aquatic Invasive Species awareness month will not only educate the general public, but will inspire to those who volunteer at their local lakes to keep up the fight against aquatic invasives."
Check out the presentations!
The 2016 Lakes Congress, presented by Grappone Automotive Group and hosted by the New Hampshire Lakes Association in early June, was a record-breaking success! Over the two-day event, approximately 250 individuals had a myriad of opportunities to gain information and inspiration and to make connections to help educate, advocate, and organize to protect our lakes.

If you missed the 2016 Lakes Congress—or if you attended and weren’t able to get to all the sessions that you wanted to—you can view most of the presentations given during the event by visiting
SAVE THE DATE for the 2017 Lakes Congress!
Thursday, June 1 & Friday, June 2!

“I can’t wait for the 2017 Lakes Congress!”    Ed S., 2016 Lakes Congress participant
Advocacy Update:

Two New Laws Protecting our Lakes! 
As of June 1, in an effort to safeguard our loon population, lead fishing jigs and sinkers weighing one ounce or less are now prohibited for use and for sale in New Hampshire. This regulation was the result of intensive advocacy work on the part of NH LAKES, many of its partners, and our members. These protections should be a boon to our loon population. To help spread the word about this new law in your community, contact NH LAKES for a supply of the "Anglers Know the Law" brochure for distribution.
We were also successful this spring in getting House Bill 1589—the ‘Clean and Drain’ bill—passed and signed by Governor Maggie Hassan! This new law, which goes into effect January 1, 2017, will require all boaters to clean off all aquatic vegetation from the outside of their boats and trailers, and to drain their boats—motorized and non-motorized—whenever they exit a waterbody. This new law will help safeguard our lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams from the spread of aquatic invasive species. Please thank your State Representatives, along with the Governor, for their support of this bill!
Erin, Lake Host at Squam Lake, is one of the approximately 800 NH LAKES Lake Hosts that will be helping boaters prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species this summer!
We hope you enjoyed this issue of Shorelines. As always, please contact us with your lake questions and concerns.

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


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Milfoil is the number one invasive plant that is choking waterways in New Hampshire. Now residents are fighting back and winning the battle and, as Chronicle Host Sean McDonald shows us, sometimes that means taking the fight into your own hands.

See what's happening at Suncoook Lake to prevent and manage the spread of milfoil—tune in to Chronicle on WMUR on Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m.

For more information, click here.
Escape Outside: Preventing spread of invasive species

Lake Host Program Aims to Stop Invasive Species From Spreading

Lakes Annual Freeze and Thaw Dates Show Weather Trends
Native, Invasive or Evolving? New Information Available on the Algae Known as “Didymo” or “Rock Snot

NH Has 71 Waterbodies With Variable Milfoil
Science Center to hold H20oooh Day

All Great Lakes warmer than last year, 2 are much warmer

Dogs as sentinels: Blue-green algae brings toxic mystery to Minn. waters

Invasive mud snail gains foothold in second Michigan river

License affirmation reinforces Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws

Measure before Congress could undo Great Lakes ballast protection

Why you and your dog should steer clear of blue-green algae

Cleaning up decades of phosphorus pollution in lakes

Climate change could alter the chemistry of deepwater lakes and harm ecosystems

Permafrost Thawing Below Shallow Arctic Lakes Due To Winter Climate Change

NH LAKES has revised and updated this publication last printed in 2011. This is a comprehensive resource for all interested in living a lake-friendly lifestyle here in the Granite State. 

This guide will be sent out to new, renewing, and current members upon request. It is also available for free download on our website—click here.
If your lake association is a member of NH LAKES, your group is entitled to 50 complimentary copies. If you would like to receive copies to hand out at your annual meeting or other community event, contact Martha Lovejoy, Member Services Administrator, at or (603) 226-0299.

Dedicated to protecting New Hampshire lakes and their watersheds.
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