Jordan Prouty took these photos at his home on the lake
Update on Family Dollar
A Planning Board hearing on the application of Jonathan White Reality Trust to build a Family Dollar Store at 278 Whittier Highway was held on October 23 at Moultonborough Town Hall. The Applicant presented several minor changes to earlier plans. The application is still not complete and they agreed that several required documents are still outstanding.
The Planning Board read and/or discussed letters they have received from the public. They want to ensure that interested parties understand that the Board has limited ability to deny applications in a commercial zone if the business meets all the requirements, which is what they are trying to do at this time.
Jane Fairchild, President of LKWA, read summarized prepared testimony. A copy of the testimony is attached. The Applicant responded to several comments, including trying to assure the Board, LKWA and others that the matter of drainage into Lake Kanasatka was being addressed by their engineer. LKWA asked for an independent peer engineering study of the drainage and site. The Planning Board approved a motion to require the Applicant to undergo the additional review by the town’s contracted engineer. The cost will be at the Applicant’s expense. The Applicant also described a new method of providing lighting in the parking lot and the Planning Board will take this under advisement. Various other aspects of the site plan were discussed.
The Board and Applicant agreed that the peer engineering review will not be completed for several months. The next hearing was set for January 22, 2014. The LKWA Advisory Board will continue to monitor the situation
Read more about the Dollar Store Application in the Lake News
LKWA Annual Picnic Meeting was on August 17
Business Meeting began at Noon with the Picnic following at its conclusion. A good time was had by all.
If you missed the picnic meeting you can read the minutes here. Review the minutes from past meetings in our Lake Reports
The Latest Lake Kanasatka Water Quality Monitoring - 2012 Water Quality Data Summary
Water Quality monitoring continued in Lake Kanasatka during the “summer growing season” that spanned from May 16 to September 24. Water quality monitoring focused on the collection of water quality data at three deep sampling locations that provide insight into the overall condition of Lake Kanasatka. The 2012 Lake Kanasatka water quality data continued to indicate that the water quality remains high but at times exhibits short-term periods of greener and less clear water.
For more information and links to download the complete report and recommendations, with photos from Robert Craycraft & Jeffrey Schloss of the UNH Cooperative Extension, go to our Lake Reports page.
Fireworks and New Hampshire’s Lakes
Concerns of Health and Environmental Effects There are growing concerns about the use of fireworks around New Hampshire’s lakes. As fun and enjoyable as fireworks can be, they may be causing more damage then you know. Aside from the obvious danger of operating controlled explosives, what you may not realize is the effects fire works have environmentally, economically and health wise. Follow this link to get the facts.
June 20 - Our loon couple have successfully hatched two chicks. Several people have spotted the pair on the nesting raft, in the water and on the back of one of the adult loons. One observer in a kayak watched, from a safe distance, one of the adults feeding fish to one of the chicks. Remember to give our new family some space....don't get too close.
New Hampshire Fish Consumption Guidelines from the Department of Environmental Services. Going Fishing? Are you concerned about the mercury level in the lake's fish? How much fish is safe to eat?
Download a Fact Sheet on the subject here
Special Presentation by the
Moultonborough Milfoil Committee
Moultonborough Milfoil Committee member Peter Jensen gave a general overview of the Committee’s work and introduced the other speakers: Paul Daisy - State Relationship and Herbicide for heavy infestations; Al Hoch - Tri-Town committee representative for DASH program; Paul Ardito - Lake Host Program; and Bev Nelson - Weed Watcher Program. Peter explained that the Program’s purpose is to reduce and control the “variable milfoil, not to be confused with our native milfoil which causes no damage. The program covers a five year period. The town of Moultonborough appropriated $195,000 this year and the Committee vigorously pursues grants from the State. Peter stated that the Moultonborough program is the most successful because of its “follow up.” The “follow up” is hand root and removal of all plant parts. Volunteer “watchers” look for floater to remove.. Variable Milfoil clogs waterways killing off natural vegetation and drastically reducing property values. When asked if variable milfoil can be eradicated, the speakers said “probably not as it is spread by animals and birds as well as boats.” Lake Kanasatka currently has no known variable milfoil and is not part of the Committee’s program. Mr. Jensen did note we have a boat ramp off route 25 used by fisherman who are likely carriers of variable milfoil as they fish by going from one lake, river, or pond to another. He emphasized prevention is the best cure, keeping variable milfoil from the lake is crucial.
More on the Milfoil Committee can be found here. The Milfoil Committee urges LKWA members to volunteer as Weed Watchers.
It is easy and interesting to learn. – Contact Ginny Gassman (253-4289)
DES respresentative spots Cyanobacteria near the Kilnwood Beach
On Tuesday October 11 a DES Beach Program personnel conducted a site visit at Lake Kanasatka. Four access points along the shoreline were assessed for evidence of elevated cyanobacteria cell concentrations. Read the whole story here on our Lake News Page.
Changes to the Shoreland Protection Act and authority of municipalities to regulate water resources!
Attend the LRPC Commissioner's Meeting on Monday, September 26th, 6pm at the Meredith Community Center. Go to LRPC's website at for full agenda.
The 2011 Legislative session resulted in several changes to the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act and to Water Resources planning overall. The new act, now called the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act, changes several minimum subdivision and land use standards that had previously been adopted. There is also some uncertainty whether other legislation affected the authority of municipalities to develop local or regional water resource protection plans, and related local regulation. Both are of vital interest.
In the Lakes Region, land use change and land management within the shoreland areas are of critical importance. Much of the region’s economy is directly or indirectly related to water quality, and changes that may increase the vulnerability of the waters to non-point sources of pollution require careful monitoring.
Moreover, the authority of local municipalities to develop water resource protection plans, and regulations has also been questioned due to recent legislation. To help answer these questions, representatives from the NH Department of Environmental Services and the NH Local Government Center will cover the changes associated with the new Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act, as well as key ramifications of the changes related to water resources protection planning.
Given the abundance of water resources in the Lakes Region, this meeting is of special significance and importance to our local communities. Please encourage anyone with an interest in surface and ground water to attend the meeting.
Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association www.winnipesaukee.org
People in Partnership to Create a Watershed Management Plan for Lake Winnipesaukee
A Public Meeting was held on Wed August 24, 2011 where representatives from the Lake Winnepesaukee Watershed Association, Lakes Region Planning Commission, North County RC&D, UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Department of Environmental Services and the Center for the Environment PSU described their plans to “forge a unique, subwatershed approach to enhance economic vitality by protecting the watershed and its scenic beauty. Read the story here in the Lake News.
UNH Cooperative Extention
NH Lakes Lay Monitoring Program
(Center for Freshwater Biology) Has published a newletter titled "Lake Soundings" It has some interesting articles that you may enjoy reading. Click here to read this publication.
Alert! Bills propose to repeal the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act
Several Bills, now with legs to stand on due to the current composition of the NH House and Senate, propose to repeal the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act (CSPA), NH RSA 483-B, one bill proposes significant reform that renders the CSPA nearly useless.
The CPSA plays a critical role with regard to protecting, preserving and restoring NH's water quality and high quality of life. Repealing the CSPA will allow developers to build at will, cut trees and vegetation without limitation and destroy vital riparian buffers. These buffers are the waterbodie's last defense in terms of intercepting stormwater in the form of nutrients and sediments before it directly discharges into NH's public water bodies.
HB 470 and SB 20: Propose to repeal the CSPA
SB 154: Reform the CSPA - Hearing, Thursday, 2/17, State Legislative Office Building (LOB).
Please help protect NH's waterbodies and high quality of life! Please, pass this message along and call your local legislatures and voice your concerns.
Click here to determine who your local legislators are: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/whosmyleg/nhmap.html
Information on the existing CSPA: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/cspa/index.htm
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 sponsored a Global Event called “Earth Hour” or “Hour of Darkness” on Saturday March 27 from 8:30-9:30 pm. They asked all the world to turn off the lights 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
What is that White Foam?
Have you seen white foam on the lake's shoreline? Chances are it is a natural occurance.
Get the facts here.
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.
I need to know to
comply with the law and
A brochure with information concerning the CSPA
Grid and Points
System in the
An article published in the DES June 2008 Newsletter.
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