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Ice Out Declared April 3 @ 10:30 AM

Established 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 naming of Kanasatka

The name of ‘Red Hill Pond‘ is shown on a Trade & Plantation map by William Faden drawn for the King of England in March 1784.   Presumedly  named after the hills behind its northern shore.  Later maps have our pristine body of water called ‘Long Pond‘.  That name held until 1925, when  F. Sumner Coe petitioned the town of Moultonborough to change the pond’s name to ‘Lake Kanasatka‘.  You can read a copy of that petition here. “Kanasatka’ was reportedly the name of an Indian Chief who lived in that area.  Mr. Coe thought the ‘Indian sounding name would go well with the other lakes in the area. At the same time he asked to have ‘Round Pond‘ renamed ‘Wakondah Pond‘.

If you are interested in reading more about the History of Lake Kanasatka and the surrounding area, browse through some of the pages in our ‘Memories’ section.  You will find a number of articles,  photos and remembrances illustrating its rich history.

Enjoy mud season and protect our lakes!

by Andrea LaMoreaux, NH LAKES
In New Hampshire, we take mud season and winter storm damage clean-up in stride. Despite the complaints, I think most of us actually enjoy mud season—often referred to the ‘fifth season’ in New England. Mud season typically starts in March and extends through April, and is advertised by the gaudy orange load limit signs that are posted on many town roads. After a long winter, mud season brings a welcomed opportunity to go outside and get some fresh air, sunshine, and exercise—just what the doctor ordered for a bad case of cabin fever. It is a time to clean up the yard, plan home improvement and landscaping projects, and guess when ice-out will occur on the lake. 

If you are looking for an excuse to get outside this spring and enjoy what mud season has to offer, here are a few things you can do to clean up your property and protect the health of local lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams…

Sweep your driveway, walkways, and steps to remove leftover sand. Sand used to help keep roadways, driveways, and walkways passable during the icy and snowy winter months can cause serious problems when washed into waterbodies by spring rains. Sand deposited in aquatic environments can destroy fish spawning or nesting sites and sand particles suspended in the water can clog fish gills. Deposited sand also causes waterbodies to become shallower, often facilitating plant and algal growth—while having some plants and algae in a lake is a good thing, too much of either is not good for the health of the lake, or our enjoyment of the lake.

Survey your property for areas where runoff water has caused erosion. Take a walk around your property to see if recent rains have created any gullies or other eroded areas. If possible, fix eroded areas before the next rainstorm occurs. If you aren’t sure how to fix an erosion problem, contact a local landscaper or NH LAKES to get pointed in the right direction.

Remove storm debris in accordance with the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act. If your property is located within 250 feet of a lake or river, downed and damaged trees and trees posing an imminent hazard or threat may be felled and removed. But, be sure to leave the stumps in the ground since stumps do a very good job preventing soil from being eroded off of the landscape and polluting the water (and, it is also illegal to remove the stumps). Trees and storm debris from severe weather events can be removed from waterbodies. If equipment is necessary for the removal of debris from a waterbody, be sure to monitor the equipment for fluid leakage and use temporary work pads to lessen the impacts to the shoreline. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services recommends that property owners take photographs of damaged trees and structures for documentation.

For the sake of our lakes—and for my mental health!—I’m looking forward to the next warm day to get outside and clean up my driveway and yard. Are you?
NH LAKES is the only statewide, member-supported nonprofit organization working to keep New Hampshire’s lakes clean and healthy, now and in the future. The organization works with partners, promotes clean water policies and responsible use, and inspires the public to care for our lakes. For more lake-friendly tips, visit www.nhlakes.org, email info@nhlakes.org, or call 603.226.0299.

We hope that you will share this article with others—we just ask that you include the following: This article was originally published by NH LAKES. Thank you!

Lake-Friendly Living Resources

The LakeSmart Book: A guide to clean and healthy lakes! This comprehensive resource includes lake basics, permitting, landscaping, boating and recreation, and tips for living a lake-friendly lifestyle.

NH LAKES has revised and updated this publication last printed in 2016. This is a comprehensive resource for all interested in living a lake-friendly lifestyle here in the Granite State. It includes everything from lake basics like “What is a Watershed? and The Life of a Lake” to detailed information on required approvals and permits including current contact information for relevant state departments and other resources. Other topics include: a list of native plant species to use in your next landscaping project, tips for safe boating and recreation, and how to get involved with lake stewardship!

This book is available as a free download from nhlakes.org or for those who would prefer a hard copy to leave on your table, LakeSmart booklets are available from LKWA.  We will be glad to mail a copy to those who request.  Please contact Kirk at kirk.meloney@gmail.com

The Lake Host Program

The Lake Host Program is a courtesy boat inspection and education program to help prevent the transport into or out of our waters of aquatic species like Variable Milfoil, Water Chestnut, and Curly-leaf Pond weed and of animal species like Asian Clams, Mystery Snails, and Zebra Mussels. Volunteer Lake Hosts staff Lee’s Mills, Long Island and States Landing and soon Lake Kanasatka boat ramps every weekend throughout the summer. This program has seen good results and finds boaters very cooperative. Prevention is key for once invasive species take hold they are very difficult to eradicate. You can help by volunteering for as little as 1/2 a day on a Saturday or Sunday once a month during the summer. Volunteers will be trained by and work with experienced Lake Hosts.

The Moultonborough Milfoil Committee oversees the protection of all the lakes within Moultonborough boundaries. The Lake Host and Weed Watcher Programs come under its jurisdiction. The Town of Moultonborough has taken a proactive approach to protecting all its lakes. It has budgeted as much as $200,000 to keep our lakes free invasive species especially Milfoil by proper use of chemicals and hand pulling. The LKWA has decided to be part of this important program. If you are interested in volunteering to the Lake Host program, please contact Tracy Waterman at Lakehosttracy@gmail.com Tel: 603-986-3384

For any who have sons or daughters looking for jobs the Lake Host under the Moultonborough Milfoil Committee is looking for some students to work at boat ramps around Moultonborough lakes and ponds If interested they should contact Tracy Waterman.

 

Join Our Weed Watcher Program

The LKWA has decided to take the lead on the Weed Watcher program by volunteering their services this summer. We hope our example will encourage others to do the same. The Weed Watcher Program as described by the Milfoil Committee. “Moultonborough volunteers play a key role in our town’s Milfoil Control Program. Volunteers become the “Eyes on the Water” to spot areas of Milfoil growth.

Click here for more information on the Weed Watcher program.

 

Fish Lead Free

New Hampshire State Law prohibits the use of lead jigs less than one inch in length and sinkers weighing one ounce or less.
Effective June 2016 the sale and freshwater use of lead fishing sinkers and jigs weighing one ounce or less will be banned in New Hampshire. NH LAKES, along with a coalition of groups including The Loon Preservation Committee, help pass this important safeguard to protect our loons and aquatic wildlife.

 Why Fish Lead Free?

Fishing lead free is better for our lakes and our wildlife. Ingested lead fishing tackle is the leading cause of death for adult Common Loons, but also affects many other species of wildlife in New Hampshire.
Angler’s Guide to Lead-Free Fishing

▪Non-toxic tackle comes in many metal choices and modern metal alloys offer the angler a number of advantages▪ They are environmentally safe
▪ They have more sound producing qualities to call in those fish and up your catch
▪ Tungsten, is more dense and hard than lead, and allows the angler to “feel” the bait more effectively which in turns helps the angler feel the bite
▪ Any zinc-containing fishing tackle is not recommended because it is also toxic to wildlife

For information on where to buy lead free fishing tackle and where to dispose of lead tackle in New Hampshire, visit fishleadfree.org/nh/

About Fish Lead-Free

Fish Lead-Free is a regional initiative to help anglers switch to lead-free tackle. To find out laws, where to buy lead-free tackle, and where to dispose of tackle in your region, visit www.fishleadfree.org.

Organic Material Discharge into Lake Kanasatka

Many people believe that dumping natural materials into the lake is acceptable. After all, it’s all “natural” stuff”, right? Well, not so fast. It is actually never OK to discharge or dump leaves, grass, brush, fireplace ashes, or similar waste into the lake.

Here is an recent message from Andy Chapman, Biomonitoring Program, NH Department of Environmental Services (DES). This agency is charged with creation and enforcement of rules on protection of NH lakes, streams and wetlands. Andy says:
“There is language in both the law and water quality standards to address this matter, at RSA 485-A-08 and 12, and Env-Wq 1703.08. Blowing leaves and clippings into the lake adds nutrients, phosphorous and nitrogen can accelerate eutrophication (lake aging). This leads to increased algal blooms, cyanobacteria, decreased lake clarity and dissolved oxygen, impacting aquatic life.”

Go here for further information on how organic waste may affect our lake.

The advisory, of course, also applies to landscapers and lawn companies that may assist in keeping our properties clean. Please inform your yard service of the rules so they can help in our efforts.

Since the mission of LKWA is to protect the quality of the land, water, marshland, woodland and open spaces of our Watershed, it’s critical that everyone pitch in to preserve our priceless natural resource. Please do your part by following this guidance.

 

Are you a member of the LKWA?

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 info@kanasatka.org

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.

 

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