|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. Help us by making a donation today!
- CALL TO ACTION! – Powder Mill Fish Hatchery Discharge Permit Merrymeeting Lake outlets into Merrymeeting River which flows through New Durham into Lake Winnipesaukee at Alton Bay. Merrymeeting Lake provides the Powder Mill State Fish Hatchery (PMSFH) with 7 million gallons of fresh water per day. The water leaving Merrymeeting Lake has an average phosphorus concentration of 5 µg/L while the PMSFH withdraws and discharges a near-constant water load containing phosphorus levels approximately 12 times higher than the outflow concentration from Merrymeeting Lake. PMSFH has been operating on an expired USEPA discharge permit since 2016 and NH Fish & Game has requested a new discharge permit. The EPA has given October 1 as their estimated time to publish a draft permit in the Federal Register. To learn more about this issue and see how you can help, click here.
- August 27 – Septic Sense Seminar, 6:30-8pm, Tuftonboro Fire Station
- LWA welcomes two Lakes Region Conservation Corps members this summer to help us with our lake protection programs and projects!
The Lakes Regions Conservation Corps (LRCC) is a 22.5 week AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind many of the conservation efforts of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. LWA is excited to host Alison Baranovic and Gloria Norcross for the next few months. For more information about LWA’s opportunity and Alison and Gloria, click here.
- We have moved! Our new office location is 1934 Lakeshore Road, Unit 206, Gilford, NH. Our mailing address remains the same – P.O. Box 1624, Meredith, NH 03253
A Winnipesaukee Dozen Ways to Love the Lake
Boating Season is almost here –
Help Keep Winnipesaukee Clean – Put a Sock In It!
Proper boat maintenance protects our lake. Oil and fuel can leak from your engine and collect in the bilge compartment. When the bilge is activated, these chemicals are discharged into the lake.
Bilge socks, which absorb the excess oil and gas, are an inexpensive way to prevent these substances from polluting our water.
Install a bilge sock into your engine’s compartment at the beginning of the boating season, and remove and dispose of it during the winterization process of your vessel. You can request your marina to do it, or do it yourself. You should check the bilge compartment on a regular basis to be sure the sock is properly secured.
- Use proper care when fueling your boat – do not top off your tank.
- Do not wash your boat in the lake – only at an approved wash station, or away from the lake.
- Use nontoxic, and chlorine and phosphate free cleaners.
- Use Pump Out Stations – it is illegal to discharge untreated sewage into the lake.
- Clean, drain, and dry your boat when trailering to help prevent the spread of invasive species from one waterbody to another.
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
It’s Winni Cool!
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.