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Winnipesaukee Spring Clean Up! – May 12

The first annual Winnipesaukee Spring Clean Up will happen on Saturday, May 12, 9am-3:30pm. No matter where you live around the lake, you can pitch in to help clean the lake and along the shoreline.

This event has been organized by several volunteers to come together to clean up the lake they love. Following the cleanup, a barbecue and meet and greet will be held at Shep Brown’s at 31 Lovejoy Sands Rd., Meredith. Contact Robert Janes at 603-515-6677 or email for more information. You can also find information on Facebook @Lake Winnipesaukee Spring Clean Up.



Wolfeboro Water Summit

Wolfeboro Water SummitMay 12th:  The Lake Winnipesaukee Association will join a panel of speakers to address questions and issues concerning what you can do to help protect our lakes.

This is the second Wolfeboro Water Summit, hosted by the Wentworth Watershed Association.

Summer Camps: The White Mountains (and Lakes!) Roots of an Iconic American Experience

May 31:  Bringing History Alive in an Exhibit Experience
Carriage House, Church Landing at Mill Falls, Meredith, NH  7-8:30pm
Presented by Cynthia Robinson, Director of the Museum of the White Mountains.
Hosted by: The Lake Winnipesaukee Association in partnership with NH LAKES
On the evening of Thursday, May 31, join us and Cynthia Robinson, Director of the Museum of the White Mountains, as we kick off the 2018 Lakes Congress. Through this fascinating presentation about bringing history alive through an exhibit experience, you will learn how experiencing nature in New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains has been life-changing for generations of children.

Cost for Thursday evening’s talk is $5 and  registration is required.  Visit

Celebrate Moultonborough’s Lakes and Ponds

June 9 – Moultonborough Town Hall, 9am-12pm

Join the LWA, Moultonborough Conservation Commission, NHDES, and NH LAKES as we celebrate how lucky we are to live in the Lakes Region, and learn about what we each can do to keep our lakes and ponds clean.
Topics will include “Protecting Our Watershed” “Invasive Species: Present and Future”, and “Lake Hosts” making a difference on the lakes.

Got a Smart Phone?

You can now help track algal blooms with bloomWatch

State and local officials can’t be watching every lake at all times! By using the bloomWatch app on your smartphone, you will help scientists understand where and when algal blooms occur and may be causing issues. No training is necessary – if you see a green scum, clump, flakes or filaments, you simply take a picture, fill in some basic information and upload it to the web.

The information gets sent to both and the NH Department of Environmental Services.  Join the community of citizen scientists!

Lake Reports now Online!

2016 Bear Island WQ Summary_Page_1Sampling Highlights of Monitoring Program supplement Winnipesaukee Gateway data.

Want to understand the water quality data for Lake Winnipesaukee in more depth?  For those lakes in the University of New Hampshire’s Lakes Lay Monitoring Program, results from each year’s sampling are now online.  The reports provide a summary of water quality for specific areas of Winnipesaukee based on measurements of total phosphorus, chlorophyll-a, and water clarity.  All of Winnipesaukee’s reports are not yet available, but will be uploaded as completed.

A visual snapshot of the health of Lake Winnipesaukee can be found on the Winnipesaukee Gateway. The map allows the user to view the lake as a whole and choose which parameter (Total Phosphorus, chl-a, water clarity) to display. Individual sampling sites can be clicked on, and a pop-up window will open to provide a snapshot of the data for that site.  It’s Winni cool!

The gift of blue water!

Give the Gift of Blue Water!

We all benefit from a clean and healthy Lake Winnipesaukee – whether you live directly on the lake or simply enjoy living here in the lakes region.  Our communities, lifestyle, and economies are stronger and more vibrant because of this beautiful resource.

Your financial contribution will be used toward our lake protection programs.  We hope you feel good knowing that you are helping to ensure that Lake Winnipesaukee remains beautiful and healthy for not only people to enjoy, but also for the fish and wildlife that depend on the lake for their life.

Please give generously so LWA may serve its mission to its fullest.  THANK YOU!

2015 Ice Out Sampling Event

Winnipesaukee Ice Out ‘P check’ Results


2015 Ice Out Results

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

A flotilla of boats went out on Lake Winnipesaukee on 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.

The goal of the sampling is to determine the nutrient levels of phosphorus in Lake Winnipesaukee when the water turns over each spring.  The sampling verifies models that are a key to the continued development and implementation of the Winnipesaukee Watershed Management Plan.

The models predict in-lake phosphorus concentrations (also known as “P”) at spring overturn when Lake Winnipesaukee waters mix fully and the temperatures in the water are consistent from top-to-bottom and all nutrients are evenly distributed throughout the lake before warmer weather creates distinct, thermal layers or boundaries that prevent mixing of nutrients throughout the water column.

Phosphorus is a key indicator of how productive Lake Winnipesaukee will be during the summer. High values of ‘P’ lead to increased algal blooms and the growth of vegetation in lakes. The P levels may increase in the spring with snow melt due to higher run off volumes and erosion associated with spring rains.

This was only the second time that “ice out” sampling of the entire lake has occurred in which locations are sampled at approximately the same time in one day (the first ice out sampling event took place on April 2, 2010).   150 samples were collected from deep lake sites in Meredith Bay, Center Harbor, Moultonborough Bay inlet, Moultonborough Bay, Wolfeboro Bay, Alton Bay, the Broads, Saunders Bay north and south, Paugus Bay, and Cow Island.

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

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

“We are happy to partner with this effort again since Lake Winnipesaukee is our lifeblood.” said Steve Durgan, General Manager of Goodhue & Hawkins Navy Yard in Wolfeboro. It is in all our best interests to have clean water to ensure quality lifestyles, a healthy economy, and the wonderful recreational experiences afforded by Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding region.”

Nine boats were graciously supplied by Goodhue & Hawkins Navy Yard, Jim MacBride, Bill Gassman, Dave Joyce, Tuftonboro Fire and Rescue, the NH Marine Patrol, the NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Fish and Game Department, and Laconia Water Works. Additional volunteers and staff from the Lake Winnipesaukee Association and the University of NH Lakes Lay Monitoring Program were on hand to assist. Conservation Commissions in Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, Alton, Gilford, and Laconia are helped make this event happen by providing partial funding to cover the costs for lab analyses. The ice out sampling would not be possible without the support and involvement of the towns, volunteers, marinas, State Agencies, and UNH Center for Freshwater Biology.

Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers!




Volunteers Needed!

Afraid the lake is going to turn brown, and you will no longer be able to swim around? Alarmed the milfoil will touch your toes, and send you home with the woes? Scared that all of the boat wake may be giving the lake a bellyache? Well have no fear because all you need to do is VOLUNTEER!

We need your help in protecting the Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed. The following volunteer opportunities are available:

Mailing/Fundraising Helpers

Job Description: We need writers for columns in our newsletter as well as help with layout and bulk mailings.


Job Description: We need creative people to help design outreach materials.

Association Members

Job Description: We are always seeking ‘environmentally conscious’ people to serve on our board and to attend our monthly meetings.

Water Quality Monitors

Job Description:  Have a boat? Like being out on the water?  Are you able to donate 1-2 hrs. per month for sampling? Do you want to contribute to the long term data collection of lake data?  If the answer is yes, then we need you!  Contact us to find out where monitors are needed.

If interested in finding out more about volunteer opportunities with LWA, please contact us at