Four Seasons on the Lake
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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 AssociationThe New Hampshire 2016 Legislative Session is underway and we are on deck to testify in support of our ‘Clean and Drain’ legislation to prevent the further spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).
WE NEED YOU & YOUR FELLOW LAKE STEWARDS
TO STEP UP TO BAT WITH US!
The ‘Clean and Drain’ draft bill—House Bill (HB) 1589—has been assigned to the House Resources, Recreation, and Development Committee and will be heard on Tuesday, January 26, at 1:00 pm.
HB 1589 is designed to modify existing law by requiring boaters to clean off the outside of boats and trailers to remove all vegetation—invasive or native—and to drain the water out of their boats (to the extent the vessel is so equipped) when moving between waterbodies.
To read the current version of HB 1589, click here.
NH LAKES has been working with a variety of stakeholders to ensure these requirements are described in a way that will effectively prevent aquatic invasive plants and animals from hitchhiking on boats and trailers from one waterbody to another. At the same time, we have been sensitive to the difficulties of doing so with some watercraft and in some situations. The final language of HB 1589 should strike this balance between stopping the spread of AIS and the ability of boaters to easily comply with the ‘Clean and Drain’ requirements.
Note: We know that boats and trailers should be cleaned, drained, and dried when moved between waterbodies but we did not think that drying boats as a requirement of law was reasonable to expect or to enforce. Our educational messages will continue to include the full clean, drain, and dry protocol.
For a detailed, two-sided informational sheet on why the 'Clean and Drain' legislation should become law, click here.
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP!
1. Attend the hearing and support HB 1589.
What: House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee hearing
When: Tuesday, January 26, at 1:00 pm
Where: Room 305, State Legislative Office Building, 33 North State Street, Concord
NH LAKES will be there to testify in support of HB 1589 (with amendments) and we need you there too to let the committee members know how important this ‘Clean and Drain’ requirement is to protecting our lakes from the further spread of aquatic invasive species.
If you plan to attend or, even better, testify at the hearing, please bring 20 copies of your written testimony to hand out to the committee and plan to keep your verbal testimony to three minutes or less. And, bring a friend from your local lake community to testify with you – the more advocates we have in the room the better.
2. Contact the committee members before the hearing.
If you can’t attend the hearing, please reach out to members of the House Resources Committee via phone, postal mail or email, to let them know why they should support HB 1589. For committee member contact information, click here.
Please be brief, constructive, and respectful when expressing your support of HB 1589. If you need any guidance in doing so, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
3. Spread the word to your fellow lake advocates.
Please spread the word to your fellow lake association members and advocates about HB 1589. The easiest way to do so is by simply clicking on the 'forward button' located to the right of this text block in the right-hand column of this newsletter or on the 'forward button' located at the top of this newsletter.
Thank you, in advance, for any action that you will take in support of HB 1589. Your actions before January 26 are needed to keep this bill alive and moving forward.
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.