|The Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the water quality and natural resources of Lake Winnipesaukee and its watershed. Through monitoring, education, stewardship, and science guided approaches for lake management, LWA works to ensure Winnipesaukee’s scenic beauty, wildlife habitat, water quality and recreational potential continues to provide enjoyment long into the future.|
Our programs and projects arise from a deep appreciation and love for the lake and its environment, and desire to keep it beautiful and clean for countless generations to come.
Landscapers Learn How to Protect Local Waterbodies!
Just in time for spring, local landscapers participated in a 2 day training on March 30 and 31 in the Moultonborough Life Safety Building to learn ways to protect our lakes and ponds as they landscape near the water’s edge. UNH Cooperative Extension professionals gave them tips on managing stormwater runoff, which contributes over 80% of the contaminants that enter our local waters.
We love our lawns and we love our lakes. However, green lawns extending to the shoreline can lead to a green lake. Your landscape can make an important difference in the health of Lake Winnipesaukee and your local rivers, lakes and streams, even if you don’t live on shoreline property. Appropriate trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in your landscape will help capture and absorb rainwater and snowmelt. This helps prevent contaminants such as nutrients, sediments and bacteria from reaching the Lake or other water bodies.
To help keep Lake Winnipesaukee and the numerous surrounding lakes and ponds clear and blue, landscape professionals learned ways in which they can incorporate stormwater management principles into their landscape design and maintenance activities. Landscapers have a unique opportunity to educate property owners to incorporate these innovative designs (Figures A and B) that will protect slopes from erosion, maximize the amount of water that can be intercepted and infiltrated into the soil, and add interest to the landscape. Not only does water quality and wildlife benefit, but groundwater sources are replenished as well.
A comprehensive list of topics covering hydrology, stormwater management principles, soils, plant selection, Shoreland protection regulations and more were presented by faculty and specialists from the UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Soak up the Rain program. Guest speakers from the UNH Stormwater Center, University of Connecticut, and local town and watershed groups offered additional information on the effectiveness and maintenance of vegetative stormwater systems, lawn care best management practices, and local regulations and policies adopted to protect water quality.
One highlight of the training involved a field visit to the clubhouse at the Balmoral Improvement Association, a private community located on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, to provide participants with the opportunity to put the theories and principles into practice. Using site plans, aerial photos, and information garnered from the site assessment, workshop attendees presented conceptual designs to enhance the current site with plantings, rain gardens, and other best management practices to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff, increase infiltration, and stop erosion.
To view the workshop presentations, visit UNH Cooperative Extensions website at https://extension.unh.edu/SOAK-Landscaping-Water-Quality. Landscapers participating in the training will be included in UNH Cooperative Extensions ‘Directory of Landscape Professionals Trained in Ecological Landscaping for Water Quality Protection’, and will be listed on the Winnipesaukee Gateway website. Financial and organizational assistance is gratefully acknowledged from these local sponsors: Lake Winnipesaukee Association, Moultonborough Conservation Commission, and Miracle Farms Landscape Contractors.
Waukewan is a major asset for the Town of Meredith, both as a recreational resource and as the sole source for the municipal water system, serving approximately 3,000 residents and downtown businesses. But the lake suffers from elevated bacteria, cyanobacteria, low pH, and low dissolved oxygen. Led by the Lake Winnipesaukee Association, a group of local lake associations, residents, and community officials have worked with scientists and NHDES to develop the Lake Waukewan and Winona Watershed Restoration Plan (Lake Winona empties into Lake Waukewan by way of the Snake River). The plan, developed with the help of FB Environmental Associates and DK Water Resources Consulting is part of a long-term strategy to address water quality problems in both lakes by focusing on reducing sediment and nutrient loading to the waterbodies.
Water Quality Data Available on line!
You can now access water quality data for Lake Winnipesaukee online! Check it out on the Winnipesaukee Gateway website: Winnipesaukee Gateway Monitoring Sites Map
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The Lake Winnipesaukee Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to protect the water quality and natural resources of Lake Winnipesaukee
and its watershed now and for future generations.