Established is to promote the conservation of the quality of the environment of the area in the watershed of Lake Kanasatka, including the conservation of the natural resources of the land, water, marshland, woodland and open spaces, as well as the plant and animal life therein, and the protection of the water quality of Lake Kanasatka and its tributaries against pollution.

    


The new loon chick out on the lake!
Photos taken by Trish Townsend and Jane Nash

  
Shoreland Protection - What you need to know. 
 Learn how you can better manage your waterfront property to protect water quality!

On Monday, July 14th the town of Meredith will be hosting an informative workshop- “Shoreland Protection- What You Need to Know”.  The workshop will feature presentations by Pat Tarpey, Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association Executive Director, “The Importance of Waterfront Buffers;” Jay Aube, NHDES Shoreland Program Outreach Coordinator, “Highlights of the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act,” and Cathy Neal, UNH Cooperative Extension, “Landscaping at the Water’s Edge.”  The workshop will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Community Center, 1 Circle Drive.  The workshop is free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the Waukewan Watershed Advisory Committee and the Meredith Conservation Commission.
Contact: Angela LaBrecque at 603-677-4228 or alabrecque@meredithnh.org

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.


Save the date - Pot Luck Picnic
August 9 at von Hurst Beach at 11:30 AM

Family Dollar Store Petition
A petition circulating around Moultonborough has been sent to the Boardof LKWA.  This effort apparently has been organized by private citizens in town called Change.org  'Keep Them fromBuilding'. 

It is intended to oppose 'Dollar Stores' in town, in particular, theplanned Dollar Store next to Tedeschis Convenience Store, on Route 25, directly across from and uphill from Lake Kanasatka.  (There is asimilar Dollar General Store proposed for a location across from Moultonborough Central School).

You may recall that last October, the LKWA Board polled members ontheir concerns about the Family Dollar Store and we found that 94% of our members opposed the proposed construction at that site.  Thereasons given included run-off and drainage into the lake, night lighting/reflection over the lake and likely traffic problems at theentrances and exits, including the Redding Lane intersection.

Based on the poll, we have submitted testimony at several hearingsopposing the Family Dollar development and are actively working to stop the construction. 

We decided this petition should be made available to our members tosign if they so wish, although it is not sponsored by LKWA.  Therefore, it you would like to sign it, please click on this link and submit it.  

Read more about the Dollar Store Application in the Lake News

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


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





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.


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)


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.

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.

What do I need to know to comply with the law and protect water quality?
A brochure with information concerning the CSPA

Working with the Grid and Points System in the Waterfront Buffer.
An article published in the DES June 2008 Newsletter.


Other news and reports:

Archive of previous minutes of LKWA Meetings in our Lake Reports.


  • Archive of previous newsletters in our Lake News.
  • EPA and DES form Performance Partnership Agreement - Read about it here.
  • Boater Education Certificate Information here.
  • Update on the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act here.
  • Depth Maps of Selected NH Lakes and Ponds. In alphabetical order by town here.
  • Article IV. WATERFRONT PROPERTIES - Removal of Trees Shrubs and Vegetation. Read about it here.
  • Information on the Boater Education Law RSA -D:10 can be found in the Lake News

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