Lake Winnipesaukee Association

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.

Gravel Road ruts and washouts?

On July 11th, Madison resident and gravel road guru, Russ Lanoie, will give a workshop at the Balmoral Improvement Association’s Club House, Paradise Drive, Moultonborough on gravel road maintenance techniques that can improve performance and durability of gravel roads, reduce long-term road maintenance costs, and most importantly, protect water quality by reducing stormwater runoff to nearby lakes and streams.

The Gravel Road maintenance workshop will be presented from 9am-12pm, and will be followed by a site visit to assess a nearby road.   The workshop is free and open to the public, however, pre-registration is required. For more information contact Pat Tarpey, Lake Winnipesaukee Association at 581-6632.

Registration can be done online.

Lake Level Management:  A Balancing Act

The Lake Winnipesaukee Association in partnership with NH LAKES hosted a talk on “Lake Level Management: A Balancing Act” on Thursday, May 28th.  James Gallagher, Chief Water Resource Engineer of the NHDES Dam Bureau, presented on the challenges that the Dam Bureau faces in trying to manage lake levels for multiple interests and uses.  The presentation can be viewed here.

The lecture was offered as part of the Lake Winnipesaukee Association’s Lakeside Learning Program, and NH LAKES’ Lakes Congress.

2nd Ever Winnipesaukee Ice Out ‘P check’ on May 4th!

Thank you  to all of the volunteers, NHDES staff, UNH, communities and businesses that made the second Ice Out ‘P check’ a success!

A flotilla of boats went out on Lake Winnipesaukee on Monday, May 4, 2015 in a massive coordination effort conducted by the Lake Winnipesaukee Association to obtain lake samples after ice out.  Ice out on Winnipesaukee was declared on April 24th, leaving a small window of opportunity to collect samples before the lake begins to stratify.  Read the article in the Citizen to learn more.

Steve Landry, NHDES, and Heidi Baker, volunteer, collect water samples in Moultonborough Bay for lab analysis of phosphorus concentrations.

“We could not make this event happen without the tremendous cooperation and support from numerous individuals, state agencies, local marinas, UNH, and the town Conservation Commissions!”  stated Pat Tarpey, Executive Director, LWA.

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!

LWA’s Strategic Plan

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

Click Here to download a PDF version of the plan.


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.