The new loon chick out on the lake! Updated 08-16-2014
Photos taken by Trish Townsend and Jane Nash
Dollar Store Withdraws Plan to Build
An announcement was made at the LKWA Picnic meeting on August 9 by President Jane Fairchild that the application to the Moultonborough Planning Board to build a Family Dollar Store has been withdrawn.The store will not be buillt.
The project was planned for a lot at the west end of the lake (across Route 25), next to Tedeschis Convenience Store. LKWA had taken a position in opposition to the store after surveying it's membership nearly one year ago and finding that 93% of respondents were opposed to the project, with many expressing concerns about drainage and runoff into Lake Kanasatka. Members of LKWA had testified at several hearings, sent e-mails to the Planning Board and otherwise actively opposed the project. These activities were in part responsible for the withdrawal of the application.
Several summers ago a few long-time Kanasatka summer residents (Lee Sharp Hart, Retie Sharp Johnson, Elinor Jenkins Charles, Lynn Jenkins Youtz, Ted and Helen Hilton, Barbara Bates Lauterwasser and Herb Lauterwasser) met at the Hilton's Deer Hill Camp to reminisce about what fun it was to summer on Kanasatka starting in the 1920's. They filled both sides of a cassette tape. Go here to listen as they remember when.
|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.
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
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.
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
LKWA Honors Ted Hilton
LKWA Founder Ted Hilton was presented with a New Hampshire shaped clock by President Jane Fairchild at the LKWA picnic meeting on August 9. The inscription read:
In Appreciation for Founding the
Lake Kanasatka Watershed Association (LKWA)
and for Over Forty Years of
Leadership and Faithful Stewardship of Our Lake.
The commemorative clock is a gift from the LKWA Advisory Board and Members to recognize Mr. Hilton's unique contributions to Lake Kanasatka.
At the Annual August Picnic Meeting, LKWA President Jane Fairchild also presented Ted Hilton with a LKWA T shirt, showing our appreciation for his years of dedication and stewardship. Ted, the former director of DeerHill Camp on Red Hill and a true founding father of the Lake Kanasatka Watershed Association, has been a faithful friend of the lake for over 40 years.
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
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.
Other news and reports:
Archive of previous minutes of LKWA Meetings in our Lake Reports.
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