August 8th Annual Picnic
photos by Joan Izen & John Scudder
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We would welcome your continued membership in our organization to insure our future success. Click here to renew or add your membership to our organization for the amount of $25 and send your contact information details to the Lake Kanasatka Watershed Association. If you have any questions please email us at email@example.com
As you know our mission is preserving and protecting our cherished lake. Our Lake Kanasatka water sampling program, in concert with the University of New Hampshire, monitors the health of our lake. This is our largest expense. We also host our July business meeting at the loon center and have our annual social potluck luncheon/meeting in August. Annually we have contributed to three local conservation organizations, the Loon Center, the Lake Region Conservation Trust and the NH Lake Association. We help fund the Kanasatka loon nesting platform effort and were disappointed this year with the loss of our two chicks. All of our efforts are enhanced and documented via our website and facebook page. We as an organization would like to continue all of these efforts and can with your continued support.
We would welcome the continuation of your support towards supporting our mutual goal, the preservation of our lake.
Joy Of Loons Coe Point Lake Kanasatka
by George and Virginia Bibler
We built our cabin on Coe Point in 1973. Prior months of clearing by hand had yielded an open, fairly flat area overlooking a marsh leading onto the lake. We would have canoe access to the lake and a nice view of the Red Hill fire tower. I had spent many summers as a youngster at my grandfather’s cottage in northern Indiana, boating and fishing on Lake Dewart. This was a dream come true for us, to have a camp near a lake.
Our property, now sold, lies next to Camp Quinebarge and extends across the marsh. Virginia and I met at the camp in 1965. Then we were married there on Piney Point in 1968. We worked at the camp for numerous summers before and after our marriage. And in 1973, we decided to build away from the main camp buildings on a site that would become “our wildlife sanctuary”.
The wildlife is abundant in around Lake Kanasatka and in the byways feeding the lake. In this marsh, quiet observation opens up a world of abundance: snapping turtles belly to belly rolling over in a mating dance in the water; the Great Blue Heron spearing frogs, catfish and snakes; an otter family playfully climbing onto exposed rocks; muskrat and beaver, deer and bear; and, dozens of different kinds of birds. A rare species of water marigold has been catalogued by the N.American Wildflower Society.
The marsh became especially important to Lake K. in the summer of 1979. Arriving on a weekend Friday eve, while having the traditional spagetti feed, we looked across the marsh to see two huge black and white birds at the edge of a clump of grass. They were pulling up bits of marsh grasses to pile onto the clump. It looked like a nest was forming. Could those be loons…? Calling around to the local Fish and Game Officer, Dave Nelson, we were put in touch with Rawson Wood of the N.H. Audobon Society and LPC.
The next week we arrived at camp to find a completed nest. A week later, 2 large oval eggs on this nest. And on the third week back, an empty nest! The Director of the Loon Preservation Committee arrived, Scott Sutcliff, who went out across the marsh and found eggshell fragments dragged away in the back of the nest toward the shore opposite. Raccoons had predated the nest. This was the first attempt at nesting on Kanasatka known to the LPC. This turned out to be the beginning of many years of loon chicks on our lake.
When the LPC was formed in 1975, much group effort went into the building and deployment of floating nesting platforms. These would serve to remove the loon from raccoons and accommodate changing water levels. They could be marked to keep boaters away. Over many seasons, these floating signs marked the edge of Coe Point. A platform of dried cedar logs had been built on the lake prior to 1979 and was placed off Bishop Shores. Over several years it had not been used by the birds. So Scott Sutcliff pulled it up the lake to the Coe Point Marsh and placed it about 100 yards in from the lake. In early summer, this raft could be approached by the loons swimming completely under water.
In 1980, 2 loon chicks hatched from this floating nest. The raft would be used six times in the period 1980 to 1995, produced eight (8) chicks. Tussocks in the marsh itself would provide land nest sites five other times in the period. In total, fourteen (14) loon chocks were hatched in the Coe Point marsh.
We are proud to have been associated with the LPC in the early days. Many neighbors on the point helped in spotting and in sharing information on loon happenings. With the annual census efforts, many other lake owners came to learn about and to help with these magnificent creatures. We met with and worked with the first leaders in the N.H. loon recovery efforts on the lake: Rawson Wood of the N.H.Audobon Society, Dave Nelson of Fish & Game, Scott Sutcliff first LPC Director and Jeffrey Fair, LPC’s second Director.
Our “wildlife sanctuary” became an important breeding ground for Lake Kanasatka loons.
George and Virginia Bibler
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.
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.
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.
Other news and reports:
Archive of previous minutes of LKWA Meetings in our Lake Reports.
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NH Lakes AssociationAs an advocate of lakes, there are two things we need you to do:
Getting Ready and Needs Your Help
1. By November 30: If you haven't already done so, complete the 2015-2016 Advocacy Survey.
By sharing your lake management and protection priorities with us, you will help direct our public policy and advocacy. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the survey and you can do it online. (If you have already filled it out, THANK YOU!)
2. Help build support for our proposed aquatic invasive species prevention legislation!
Through State Representative Suzanne Gottling (Sunapee), we have submitted a legislative service request (LSR) which we anticipate will become a bill that will be heard during the 2016 New Hampshire Legislative Session. Under this proposal, all boaters in New Hampshire would be required to clean and drain their boat and trailer before launching into and after coming out of a waterbody to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
What are we talking about when we say ‘clean and drain?’ We assume that you know that NH LAKES has been promoting a message to all boaters that they should clean, drain, and dry their boats between waterbodies in order to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive plants and animals.
If we clean all vegetation off our boats, trailers, and other aquatic gear we can prevent plants - including invasive plants - from being transported between waterbodies.
But, the juvenile (or larval) form of some of our more nefarious invasive animals (like the Asian clam and zebra mussel) are not visible to the naked eye and they remain viable in standing water for days. Boaters must drain their boats (bait wells, live wells, bilges, motors, etc.) and, ideally, dry them (five days is the recommended best practice) to prevent invasive animals from hitchhiking their way around.
There are zebra mussels in Massachusetts and Vermont, Asian clams in Lake George (and southern New Hampshire) and, as of last count, 50 individual aquatic invasive species in Lake Champlain.
It is time for all boaters in New Hampshire to clean and drain their boats to help prevent invasive plants and animals from spreading and degrading our waters. These are the specific objectives of our proposed legislation:
These provisions are designed to be inserted into NH RSA 487: CONTROL OF MARINE POLLUTION AND AQUATIC GROWTH. Our proposed statutory changes would require all boaters to clean their boats, trailers and aquatic gear and to drain them. (Please note that people are in general agreement that requiring dry boats is just not feasible due to environmental conditions that are beyond boaters’ control.)
Here's what you can do right now to help with this legislative effort:
We need you to help build critical mass – enough people to make a difference when it comes time to contact New Hampshire state legislators once the session gets underway.
And just to be clear, NH LAKES will continue to promote the full clean, drain and dry message as a recommended best practice and will convey this through all of its educational channels, including the Lake Host Program.
As always, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 226-0299.
On behalf of the New Hampshire Lakes Association,
President & Policy Advocate
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.