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Vice President / Acting President's Message

by Kirk Meloney

Greetings LKWA members and friends, This morning as I write this it is 2 degrees outside my home in Center Harbor with a wind chill around -15 or so; it hardly feels like spring is coming! And the predicted Nor’easter is calling for 12+” of new snow coming in on Tuesday-Wednesday this week. So it’s a bit strange for me to be writing an article for our Spring newsletter; but I do know it will eventually arrive; it always does.

I am fortunate to call the Lakes Region my home; I get to live through the seasons and watch Lake Kanasatka all year long. And it’s amazing how the transformation of the seasons bring change to the Lake; from warm summer days and nights to frigid winter weather with low temperatures and wind chills off the chart. One thing I noticed this past fall was how low the Lake was drawn down in November only to see it now back up to full level+ due to the rain we had in February landing on top of the ice. My swim raft, which is beached on the shore, had 10’ of dry land in front of it to the waters’ edge; now is half encased with lake ice! So with the upcoming snow melt it’s safe to say our Lake will be plenty full this coming season.

As the “acting President” of your association (we still are minus a sitting President) one thing that I think about is the future of LKWA.I volunteered to head up the Nominating Committee several years ago; as I looked for people to fill board positions I quickly realized this was not an easy task to do; we all love Lake Kanasatka but many of us just don’t have the time, desire or willingness to dedicate time for the future of the Lake. Since I was striking out filling positions I volunteered to be secretary; then the vice president position became empty so I stepped into that role. Still working full time I didn’t want to take on the President’s position but now by default here I am. I really planned on assisting a President, not being an acting one.

This brings me to this point: many LKWA members have second generation (and third generation) young adults who grew up enjoying the Lake through their childhood as I did. By volunteering to help steer the direction of LKWA I feel as tho’ I’m giving back to one of my first loves, Lake K. Helping to secure the lake’s future for generations to come is certainly an important cause. I really hope that we can instill the thought of “helping the cause” by getting the younger generations involved with committee work and board positions. The future of the Lake is all of our concern, not just a few. Please consider volunteering; I am always available to discuss the importance of the role of the Lake Kanasatka Watershed Association. I ask that you please consider getting involved.

Treasurer’s Message

by Rob Baker

LKWA has set an all-time record for 2016 finishing the year with 111 paid members thanks to a third quarter membership surge. This is the fourth continuous year of membership growth.Your support has put our finances in good shape and will assure that LKWA can continue to monitor our lake’s health via the UNH Water Monitoring program.The detail report of the UNH Water Monitoring Program can be found here on our website.  LKWA’s second largest expenses are the contributions we are able to make through your support to the Loon Preservation Committee, New Hampshire Lakes Association, and Lakes Region Conservation Trust.These Lake’s Region organizations have likeminded interests, preservation and protection of our natural resources including our lakes and natural surroundings. Their websites detail the great work they do which benefit all of us.I and the LKWA Board would like to thank you for your continued support.

Lake Kanasatka Water Quality 2016

By Lisa Hutchinson

I would like to introduce myself as the new chair of the Water Quality committee, taking over the role from Kevin Kelly. A huge thank you to Kevin!!! He has served as a very knowledgeable and dedicated chair since the position was established five years ago, and he and his wife Sandra have been water quality testers since 1984. I am happy to report they will continue in that role, as will our two other teams, Carol and Rick Carlson and Alex and Andy Hutchinson. That being said, I welcome anyone who is interested in learning about testing and may be interested in getting involved in the future.
Last week we received our 2016 Lake Kanasatka summary report from the team at UNH (the full report will be available in the coming months). We see year-over-year improvements in key measurements: water clarity, chlorophyll, and phosphorus. This trend was seen in most lakes in the UNH Monitoring Program this past year, and “can be expected during dry years that correspond to less run-off and less associated nutrient loading,” according to Bob Craycraft at UNH. Less run-off and well-managed run-off is better. Kanasatka’s dissolved oxygen measurement was lower (worse) at the deepest part of the lake, but was, in fact, normal for Kanasatka. The difference can be attributed to both an earlier lake stratification (water recirculated/oxygenated throughout the water column less during the season) and later-summer testing day with the UNH team this year. “The bottom waters had stagnated for a longer period of time, relative to 2015, and thus…lower oxygen concentrations.” Color went up slightly, a continuing trend of increasing natural tea color. However, long term data suggest the numbers over the last five years are actually in line with early 1980s, and do not suggest a problem at this time. Conductivity rose (worsened), as is often the case in atypically dry years like 2016. However, leaking septic tanks, salt-laden run-off, and other sources of dissolved material will exacerbate this increase.
Recommendations include implementing and continuing Best Management Practices to minimize detrimental run-off and erosion in our watershed. See her on the LKWA website, News & Reports, Water Quality page, Recommendations section for links. For other information and actions to protect our water quality, see Organic Material Discharge into Lake Kanasatka on the website homepage, as well as the Shoreland Protection page under the Information section of the website.
As you have probably know, we lost our male loon last season to a mass of fishing line. My dad, an avid fisherman who often visits from Pennsylvania, knows well the importance of taking proper care of equipment and resources to protect our wildlife. Where he lives, there are receptacles at boat ramps to collect line and educate the public not to discard it into the water. He made and donated one of these receptacles for our lake, and Kevin Kelly has made all the necessary phone calls to gain approval and will install it at the Rte 25 boat ramp and take the lead on maintaining and emptying it. Thank you, Kevin! You can read much more in his article in this newsletter.

Loon Nesting Data -

The Loon Preservation Committee offers a summary of loon nesting activity and nest raft use from 1975 to the present. The LPC is dedicated to sharing information about New Hampshire's loon population with the interested public. Though it is generally unable to accommodate requests to distribute monitoring data on individual lakes, this report is an exception and has been provided by the LPC to us on a trial basis. See the Loon Nesting report here
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