|The Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Big Lake’s water quality and natural resources through monitoring, education, stewardship, and science guided approaches for lake management.|
As 2015 draws to a close, LWA would like to thank you for your support and share with you some of the highlights and accomplishments that you have helped make possible.
All of 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. Please help us in our mission by making a year end contribution to the Lake Winnipesaukee Association.
The LWA Board will be updating our Strategic Plan in 2016, we’d love to hear from you about your concerns and how we can better serve our mission.
Water Quality Monitoring
With the help of our volunteers and the UNH Lakes Lay Monitoring Program, over 200 water samples were collected over the 2015 season, ensuring monitoring long term trends in lake health continues. LWA also helped train five new volunteers this spring to assist in lake sampling. Volunteers are key to this program’s success – thank you for volunteering!
On May 4th, LWA coordinated the 2nd Spring Ice Out Sampling Event ever to be held – 14 volunteers along with 11 State and University scientists took to the lake in 9 boats generously provided by local marinas, towns, and volunteers to sample 12 locations all at approximately the same time. Funding for the lab analyses of the 130 water samples collected was provided by local communities and the State. The data is used to guide and inform lake management decisions. Thank you to all for a successful event!
Milfoil Management Coordination
LWA has been working with NHDES, NH LAKES, and seven milfoil groups from around Lake Winnipesaukee to coordinate a lake wide effort on milfoil management and threats from other aquatic invasive species. In August, we held a public forum on the state of milfoil in Lake Winnipesaukee. Although significant progress has been made in the battle against milfoil, continued management of the invasive plant is needed to control and prevent future growth. We are working to apply the lessons learned in the milfoil fight to prevention and protection from new animal and plant invasive threats. Thank you to Weed Watchers, Lake Hosts, and Milfoil Committee members for your tremendous efforts! Volunteers are lake heros!
This year LWA co-sponsored presentations on Lake Level Management, Gravel Road Best Management Practices, Soak up the Rain, and the ‘State of Milfoil’ in Winnipesaukee. LWA staff were guest speakers at several local lake association meetings, presented at the NH Water and Watershed Conference and the NH Drinking Water Source Protection Conference, and brought the Floating Classroom to the NH Lakes Congress. LWA staff conducted shorefront site evaluations to provide stormwater improvement recommendations for homeowners and volunteered with a local school group at Geneva Point to learn about lake ecology.
Another successful season for the Floating Classroom! Over 100 children and adults engaged in learning about the lake; measuring water clarity, temperature and collecting phytoplankton. We are looking for sponsors for this important program next year!
Lake Management projects result in less nutrients, pollutants, and sediments from getting into the lake. LWA is currently working with lake associations, residents, community officials and businesses in Meredith, New Hampton, Center Harbor, and Moultonborough to identify issues, provide recommendations and an action plan to address those issues. LWA also works with communities and groups to implement stormwater improvement and lake protection projects. For example, LWA successfully obtained grants to provide cost-share grants to property owners to evaluate and replace failing septic systems on Lake Waukewan.
Looking for a special gift for someone?
Check out the custom maps and charts being offered through the Map Guy. This is a great opportunity to have an unique map or chart created to celebrate your home or business, reflect your lifestyle, interests, favorite place, or special event while also benefiting the lake you love! The artist is generously contributing 30-50% of the proceeds to LWA in support of our work to protect Lake Winnipesaukee!
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 LWA Board of Directors has recently completed the development of the most ambitious Strategic Plan in its history.
Highlights of the plan include:
- Improve our technical and organizational capacities to provide access to information on water quality issues
- Inform and engage the public through social media, the ‘Floating Classroom’, and community presentations
- Improve our ability to provide high quality programs, services, and activities to our members and the public through expansion and enhancement of our partnerships
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.