Shoreland Protection

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.

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

Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act

– An Update
With regard to the NEW “Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act”which became law on July 1, 2008. The Act has been substantially improved and should more effectively protect the water quality of NH surface waters. To obtain up-dated information on the new Act, please contact Arlene Allen at the NH Dept. of Environmental Services (, 603-271-0862 ).

Bill Smith
Vice Chair of the State Commission

    • Background:
    •     Governor John Lynch in August 2005 established a commission to review the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act and make recommendations for its improvement. 
    •     The Commission met monthly since September 2005 and we spent the much of our time with fact-finding and case studies.  We identify major issues ( problems ) with the Act and discussed options for improvement.  The Commission focused discussion to consider changes in the following areas:
    • – require a formal permit for shorefront alteration
    • – administer this permit at the Town level with State review and sign-off 
    • – delete the “basal area” metric from the shorefront tree inventory
    • – review the “minimum standards” regarding setbacks, water dependent structures, natural woodland buffer, minimum lot size and nonconforming structures
    • – improve the “transparency” of the Act and improve the educational materials and training strategies available to Town officials, lakefront property owners, real estate professionals and contractors 
    • Current Status:
    • The Commission established to review the CSPA provided its final report on November 30, 2006. The Commission made 17 specific recommendations to improve the Act. These recommendations were transformed into four NH House Bills ( numbers 529, 536, 538 and 539 ). These Bills are under active consideration by legislative committees as of March 2007. A final report on this important law can be made at the LKWA summer meeting. Please realize that the Town of Moultonborough presently administers its own version of Comprehensive Shoreland Protection.
    • Bill Smith
    Vice Chair of the State Commission


Pressure-Treated Wood

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.


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.

A Shoreland Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management ~ protecting your home & environment
A brochure with information from the NH DES

Proper Lawn Care In the Protected Shoreland the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act
A brochure with information from the NH DES

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.