Weed Watcher Program
Why should I Volunteer to be a Weed Watcher
1. While you are kayaking, canoeing, paddling all you need is to check an area once a week or month from June thru September.
2. If you find a suspicious plant, you give it to Bev Nelson Chair of Moultonboro Weed Watcher Program. She will confirm whether it is invasive or not or she will send it for DNA analysis.
3. There is no cost to you and training and support will be provided. Now what could be easier?
4. Your work could catch an invasive specie before it got a chance to get established.
5. Your work with so little effort can protect Lake Kanasatka and save your property values.
For more about the Moultonboro Weed Watching Program take a look at their informative booklet.
- NH DES Weed Watchers Program
What to do if you suspect an algae bloom on Lake Kanasatka:
- Notify board members and water quality chair (their email addresses are available here) with the following information:
- Location of the suspected bloom on the lake (be specific…address, landmarks, etc.)
- Approximate size
- Anything noteworthy – when you noticed it, how long it has been there, has it changed, what it looks like (provide photos if possible)
- Water quality chair will assess and notify both NHDES and UNH Lakes Lay Monitoring Program
- If NHDES or UNH are not readily available, water quality chair or designee will visit site, take photos, note size, and collect a sample in a 125ml or larger container. Sample will be kept refrigerated and delivered to NHDES or UNH same or next day
- Water quality chair or designee will follow up with residents and members
Other “bloom” complaints -Non-cyanobacterial
• Sometimes appear slimy, foamy, bright green-yellow
• Slimy mats or clumps can surface or hover in the water column, just beneath the surface.
• Also found along the shoreline or in shallow water.
• Mats can contain a diverse range of other organisms including phytoplankton (sometimes a few strands of cyanobacteria), protists and zooplankton mixed within it.
Try the Stick Test:
1. ) Find a sturdy stick
2. ) Stick it into the floating substance and slowly lift it out of the water
3. ) If the stick pulls out small strands that look like green hair or threads, the mat on the pond is filamentous green algae. Although filamentous green algae can be a nuisance when over-abundant, they do not pose a danger to your health.