July 11th Annual Meeting
photos by Joan Izen
Both eggs hatched but.....
On June 22 Trish Townsend had noticed that one loon chick had hatched. Later that day Mark Whary reported that the second baby had left the nest. The loons and chicks were off the nest and we could see activity around it on the Kilnwood Web Cam. Unfortunately a few days later on June 28th only one chick was seen with the adults. Then on the 29th Jane Farichild reported that she had not seen any chicks at all that day and the parents had been near their shore calling loudly and constantly On the 30th the adult loons were still swimming alone so it appears that neither chick has survived. The Web and Nest Cams have been taken off line. They will return next season. If you spot the loon family or have any news concerning them, leave your comments on our facebook page.
Light Pollution and the NH Dark Skies Policy
New Hampshire recently enacted a 'DARK SKIES POLICY' which recognizes the importance of keeping the natural darkness of rural skies at night and the detrimental effects of light pollution. A growing number of people are concerned about the effects of bright outdoor lighting on nocturnal animals, insects and certain plant species; interference with our ability to see stars and the night skies; and wasted energy.
While the new law currently applies only to public utilities and certain state agencies, it is expected that municipalities will soon adopt provisions to require reduced outdoor lighting and other measures to create more 'dark skies' in the town. The Moultonborough Planning Board discussed but did not create such a program this year, but may do so in the future.
Before then, let's all take a step towards creating a 'dark skies' environment on our lake, for the benefit of wildlife, plants that depend on consistent light cycles, and all our lake neighbors. Please become aware of when your outdoor spotlight is on, turn it off early in the evening if not needed, and replace the automatic timer with a single switch that requires you to make a decision when it is on rather than an automatic system. Try to think of other ways you can help reduce nighttime lighting so others in our lake community are not disturbed.
The World Wildlife Fund is again sponsors a Global Event called 'Earth Hour' or 'Hour of Darkness'. They ask all the world to turn off the lights for a short period to enjoy darkness and bring attention to climate change problems that may be caused in part by excessive energy demands http://www.darkskiesawareness.org/earth-hour.php
Here are some other ideas to reduce outdoor light pollution from the New Hampshire Landscapers Association. http://www.nhlandscapers.com/NH-Dark-Sky-Law.html
Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act
The NH Department of Environmental Services has made the following information available in PDF format for us to download. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files.
Can It Be Used in New Hampshire's Waters?
EPA, along with the U.S. Department of Human Services recommends that "treated wood should not be used where it may come in direct or indirect contact with public drinking water, except for uses involving incidental contact such as docks and bridges.” However, NHDES advises against using pressure treated wood in any waters of the state.
Read more about it here in this Fact Sheet from the NH Department of Environmental Services.
Other news and reports:
Archive of previous minutes of LKWA Meetings in our Lake Reports.
New President Elected at the July Meeting
Newly elected Officers and Advisory Board Members include Mike Joyce, President; Kirk Meloney, Vice President; Joan Izen, Secretary; Rob Baker, Treasurer; John Scudder, Media Specialist; Sara Prouty, Member-at-Large; and Jane Fairchild, Immediate Past President.
LKWA past presidents Ted Hilton and Jane Fairchild discuss next year's plans with incoming President Mike Joyce at the LKWA Annual Meeting on July 11.
The Latest Water Quality Report is here.
This report contains the findings of a water quality survey of Lake Kanasatka,
Moultonborough, New Hampshire, conducted in the summer of 2013 by the
University of New Hampshire Center for Freshwater Biology (CFB) in conjunction with the Lake Kanasatka Watershed Association.
The report is written with the concerned lake resident in mind and contains
an executive summary that discusses the 2013 and historical water quality data.
Graphic display of data is included, in addition to listings of data in appendices, to aid visual perspective. A simplified and stand alone, three page, “Lake Kanasatka sampling highlight” document was also produced for distribution among interested residents and officials.
Click here for the full 2013 Lake Kanasatka report.
Some participants have expressed interest in a simplified report for distribution and the Highlight report is an attempt to meet those needs. Click here for an abbreviated three page highlight report.
Be Good Stewards of the Lake
The LKWA has created an informative poster outlining some guidlines on being a 'Good Steward' of the lake. Download this informative poster for your home or rental property.
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