|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.
August 2017: Stormwater Improvements completed at the Waukewan Bathhouse
Lakes Region Public Access TV graciously videotaped our discussion and tour of the stormwater management practices installed to prevent the movement of sand and direct stormwater runoff to a treatment structure with an overflow to the catch basin. UNH Stormwater Center provided the design which included a rain garden bio-retention basin, and replacement of the existing catch basin with a new deep sump catch basin with oil and floating debris trap. A NHDES Local Source Water Protection Grant provided partial funding, along with the Town of Meredith, and the Windy Waters Conservancy. The recommended best management practices will reduce the amount of pollutant loading to Lake Waukewan by an estimated 10.5 tons sediment, 8.9 lbs. of total phosphorus, and 17.9 lbs. nitrogen per year. The video can be viewed here
Winnipesaukee Rosé generates funds for Lake Winnipesaukee Association!
Great food, wine, music and art were enjoyed by more than 50 people at the ‘Celebration of Winnipesaukee Wine Tasting and Art Show’ on July 20th at Hermit Woods Winery, Meredith, NH.
The wine tasting featured the superb summer wine, Winnipesaukee Rosé, crafted by Hermit Woods Winery to help the Lake Winnipesaukee Association raise awareness and funds to continue the good work that they do.
One of the most important resources in the winemaking process is water, so when Hermit Woods Winery learned that the Lake Winnipesaukee Association was dedicated to protecting Lake Winnipesaukee’s water quality and natural resources they wanted to help. Ken Hardcastle, Hermit Woods Winemaker, understands the importance of our water resources better than most. Before starting Hermit Woods Winery, Ken was a geologist working for a local firm, Emery & Garrett Groundwater, for over 25 years helping organizations and municipalities up and down the eastern seaboard find and manage their water needs. Now, as the Hermit Woods winemaker, Ken values our water resources more than ever.
As Ken explains, “Water is one of our most important resources in the making of wine. Not only is it used extensively in the sanitation process, it is often used as an ingredient. We can’t make wine without it, and we can’t make great wine without great water. Thanks to organizations like the Lake Winnipesaukee Association, we have great water here in Meredith.”
To help make the Winnipesaukee Rosé wine special and unique, Bob Manley, co-owner of Hermit Woods, and Pat Tarpey, Executive Director, Lake Winnipesaukee Association, contacted local artist Stephen Hodecker, to ask if he would consider donating artwork for the label. Without hesitation, Stephen generously offered his work. In addition, Stephen will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his and his sister Christine’s artwork on display at the winery.
Hermit Woods has committed to donating 10% of the profits on this wine to help fund the Lake Winnipesaukee Association’s lake protection programs. At Thursday’s launch party Bob Manley, Hermit Woods Co-founder, presented a check for $1,545 to Diane Hanley, President, Lake Winnipesaukee Association. As Bob explained, “This is just the first installment of what we hope to be many, many more. We are so excited about this partnership. It’s not only a great way for us to help raise the funds this organization needs to do the good work they do, but the distribution of our wine will also help raise awareness of the organization across the State.”
Pat Tarpey, Executive Director for the Lake Winnipesaukee Association was enthusiastic in her praise of Hermit Woods. “I cannot express our appreciation enough for the enthusiasm and generosity with which Hermit Woods and Stephen Hodecker have responded to this endeavor. The label is beautiful, the wine light and refreshing – like a summer day on the lake. We are very excited about this partnership, and grateful to Hermit Woods and Stephen Hodecker for their support.”
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.