Looking for a way to connect with the Lake?
There are many ways in which you can help us protect this beautiful lake.
There are many ways in which you can help us protect this beautiful lake.
Property owners can minimize impacts from stormwater runoff through simple actions such as planting native vegetation along the shorefront, installing gravel driplines along roof edges, and making sure that path and driveway runoff is filtered into the ground rather than running over the land and into the lake.
Take the steps below to sign up for your FREE, voluntary and non-regulatory property assessment. Our Winni Blue Crew is partnering with NH Lakes to offer the LakeSmart program to property owners as part of our Keep Winni Blue initiative.
If your property is deemed “Winni Blue & LakeSmart” you will receive a sign to place on your property! Thank you for doing your part to keep the Lake Winnipesaukee watershed clean and healthy.
LWA advocates for public policy by promoting conservation, preservation and protection for Lake Winnipesaukee and it’s surrounding watershed. As part of our advocacy efforts we track new bills that are being proposed to the New Hampshire State Legislature, provide updates on bill status and encourage the public to voice their opinions to their state representatives.
We recommend writing an email, sending a letter, and/or making a call to committee members.
Your correspondence should include the following:
1.) Introduce yourself and explain why you are writing in a polite and respectful manner.
2.) If you are contacting them to discuss a specific legislation include the title of the bill in the subject line.
3.) In the first sentence or two, state whether you support or oppose the bill and why.
4.) Consider adding a personal anecdote and include how the bill would affect you and your community.
5.) Include your contact information: name, phone number, address and email.
*Please note that you will not be able to submit your online testimony until a public hearing date has been set*
These are the bills that LWA is tracking this session.
|Bill||Title||Summary||LWA Position||Call to Action||Status||Committee Decision||House Decision|
|HB 448||Relative to Lake Winnipesaukee Speed Limit.||Proposes to increase the daytime speed limit to 65 mph within the Broads.||Oppose||LWA Outreach Letter|
Contact the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee to oppose HB 448
|Introduced 1/5/2023 and referred to the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee. |
Scheduled for public hearing on 3/8/23.
|INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE (ITL)||INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE (ITL)|
|HB 276||Establishing the Cyanobacteria Mitigation Loan Fund.||Establishment of a $25M loan fund for projects to reduce nutrient loading to our lakes.||Support||LWA Outreach Letter|
Contact the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee to support HB 276
To view the recording of the public meeting click here.
|The public hearing was on 1/25/23. LWA publicly testified in support of the bill. As of 1/26, 185 individuals submitted online testimony, with 1 opposed and 1 neutral. |
Amendments were proposed to put NHDES in charge of administration and oversight and to amend HB 276 to be a loan or grant program.
|The committee voted "Ought to Pass" (17-3)||RETAINED IN COMMITTEE|
|HB 472||Relative to the placement of temporary seasonal docks.||Prohibits a wetlands permitting exception for temporary seasonal docks which impact any wildlife species, threatened species, or endangered species in accordance with the endangered species conservation act.||Support||Contact the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee to support HB 472||The public hearing was on 1/25/23. As of 1/26, 7 individuals submitted online testimony, with 4 opposed.To view the recording of the public meeting click here.||TBD||RETAINED IN COMMITTEE|
|HB 592-FN||Relative to Buffers around Wetlands.||Proposes to exempt temporary impact and small impervious surface impacts projects from local over lay districts and permits for construction, excavation, or filling near wetlands.||Oppose||Contact the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee to oppose HB 592-FN||Introduced 1/5/2023 and assigned to the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee.||INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE (ITL)||INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE (ITL)|
|HB 186||Relative to waivers for alternative sewage disposal systems.||Requires the approval of waivers for alternative sewage disposal systems that meet required standards.||Support||Contact the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee to support HB 186||Introduced 1/4/2023 and referred to the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee.||INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE (ITL)||RETAINED IN COMMITTEE|
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:
As a non-profit, the Lake Winnipesaukee Association relies on funding from individuals, businesses, public agencies and private foundations.
The Business of Keeping Winnipesaukee Blue – Recognizing that the ‘economy and environment’ are opposite sides of the same coin, with Lake Winnipesaukee our common currency, it is important that we work together to ensure Winnipesaukee stays blue and clean.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2023 BUSINESS SPONSORS!
E.M. Heath, Inc. MI-BOX of Central NH
These businesses have pledged their commitment to protecting Lake Winnipesaukee by sponsoring programs, outreach materials, and events.
We are proud to recognize them and thank them for their support.
Company sponsorship opportunities are available for programs, events, and specific projects. Recognition will be provided at the sponsored event and will be listed on the page related to the program or event.
For information about Underwriter Benefits associated with sponsorship, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 603-581-6632.
We truly appreciate and thank you for your support!
Show your love for Winnipesaukee and help us keep it blue, clean, and healthy by following these Winnipesaukee dozen practices.
Wash cars and boats away from the lake.
Inspect your boat and trailer for invasive animal and plants.
Never feed the ducks and geese.
Never rake leaves or dump sand into the lake.
Inspect and pump septic systems regularly.
Put a bilge sock in your boat.
Eliminate or reduce the use of household hazardous products.
Stabilize soil with native plants and/or mulch to prevent erosion.
Aid our lake protection efforts – become a member or donate to the LWA.
Use phosphate free fertilizers and cleaning products.
Keep the natural vegetation and buffer along the shoreline.
Educate your friends and neighbors.
Enjoy the beauty. It’s why we live here.
Here are some additional tips to enjoy the lake to its fullest:
Anything you throw into a river, stream, or even a storm drain is going to end up in the lake. Those tiny cigarette butts are litter too. Dispose of garbage properly and, yes you are going to hear it again, “Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!” and the fourth ‘R’ – Repair! Start the New Year off making a greater effort to reduce your trash output and increase your recycling.
Save yourself time and set up a few containers in your garage to sort recycling. You may want to sort your recycling as you go along or maybe it is easier to keep a smaller container under your sink and throw all recyclables in it until it is full and then sort it in the garage or wherever you choose to place your sorting center. It’s easy. It’s simple. It’s stupid not to do it.
Don’t be the stink of the neighborhood! Make sure your septic system is not leaking or overflowing by having the system inspected every three to five years and pumped whenever necessary (a recommended 2-3 years for permanent residents and 5-6 years for seasonal residents). If you do not take care of your tank properly, settled solids might wash into and clog your leach field as well as contaminate groundwater. Not only yucky but also very expensive to fix!
Time for spring-cleaning! Buy eco-friendly cleaners such as Seventh Generation/Harmony, Ecos, Earth Rite, Ecover, and Life Tree. Dispose of any hazardous household chemicals properly, not down sewer or storm drains. By reducing the amount of chemicals going into your septic system, your system will stay balanced and avoid the risk of groundwater contamination that may poison your well water and the lake. Storm drains run directly into the lake so it is important not to “pour” oil or any other hazardous chemicals into the drain. In the Lakes Region, Household Hazardous Waste Day is held on the last Saturday in July. For more information on where and when to dispose of your hazardous waste, contact your local town office or the Lakes Region Planning Commission (603-279-8171).
Celebrate Earth Day! Plant trees, shrubs, and flowers on shorefront property (vegetative buffers) as well as on other exposed areas near drainage systems. Vegetative buffers help remove sediments and other nutrients from runoff before entering the lake. Runoff traveling down driveways and camp roads directly into the lake may be diverted through the woods or into a vegetated buffer.
For examples of species that work well as vegetative buffers in New Hampshire environments, refer to the UNH Cooperative Extension’s “Landscaping at the Water’s Edge” publication or the “The Best Plants for New Hampshire Gardens or Landscapes”, both available through UNH Cooperative Extension. Belknap and Carroll County Conservation Districts hold an annual tree & shrub sale in April (ordering deadline is usually in Feb/Mar) which offer a large variety of native plants to choose from. Call BCCD at (603)527-5880 or CCCD at (603)447-2771 for details.
It’s time to build little Johnny that float you told him he could swim to once he was old enough. Construct docks and floats with environmentally friendly materials. Pressure treated and painted wood have chemicals proven to be harmful to living organisms. Cedar, redwood, cypress, recycled wood/plastic, and aluminum are all safe materials to use for dock and float construction.
Quack! Quack! You may be tempted to throw those cute waddling ducks a cracker, but think twice before you do. There is plenty of natural food for the ducks to feed on. Feeding them anything not naturally occurring in the watershed will put unnecessary amounts of nutrients (duck poop) in the lake. The excess nutrients (duck poop) act as excess fertilizer, which can result in algae blooms, not to mention increasing the chances of getting duck itch.
Are your neighbors not talking to you because they are utterly disgusted at the fact your lawn is brown? Well good for you! Grass is supposed to turn brown over those hot dry periods. Don’t worry, your grass isn’t dead; it’s just dormant. The grass is taking a nap and will turn green once again when the conditions are right.
If you are using fertilizer, do not try dumping more and more fertilizer on your lawn to turn it green. Most likely there is more than one reason for your lawn not being healthy. Have your soil tested by the UNH Soils Analytical Laboratory to find out how much fertilizer and what type you really need (for more information contact the UNH Cooperative Extension nearest you). If you don’t test your soil, try adding some lime to the lawn to counteract acidity and allow the nutrients present to be absorbed by the grass. A few other tips for keeping your lawn healthy are:
– Aerate the soil with an aerating machine.
– Leave grass clippings on your lawn to act as a natural fertilizer and irrigate your lawn.
– Keep grass long (at least 2 inches) to promote deeper roots and shade to discourage weeds.
– Make sure your lawn mower blade is sharp (if the tips of the grass are jagged after mowing, you need a sharper blade).
Going on vacation to enjoy the last few weeks of the summer sun? Bringing your boat with you? Don’t forget to make sure you are not transporting any nuisance species such as milfoil into our lake or into any other lake. Inspect your boat and trailer, particularly on the rollers of the trailer and on the boat motor. Put any plant material or anything else you find in a trash bag and dispose of properly. It is also recommended to wash your boat with very hot water away from the lake, flush the motor, and let it dry for two days before launching it into another body of water.
Don’t do it in the lake! Using soap or phosphorus-containing detergents to bathe, wash boats, or anything else for that matter may cause algae blooms by increasing phosphorus levels in the lake. Wash your car and boat over grass instead of paved driveways or concrete.
The grass and soil will help filter out the phosphorus instead of allowing it to run directly into the lake. And whether in the city or the country, cleaning up after “Benji” is a must so that we don’t end up swimming in his manure.
Wouldn’t it be so easy to just rake the leaves from the yard right into the stream behind our house? No mess, right? Wrong! Vegetative material will add phosphorus and other nutrients directly into the lake as well as create excellent habitat for leeches at your personal swimming area.
Keep leaf piles and brush piles at least 250 feet from the shoreline or 50 feet from any other drainage. Never dump leaf or brush piles into the lake or any other drainage area such as a stream, river, or storm drain.
Be like the pilgrims and serve a free-range turkey for Thanksgiving. It’s better for you and it’s better for the turkey. Gobble! Gobble!
Be thankful for the lake; join LWA and support our efforts in protecting the lake and surrounding watershed.
Are you tempted to buy one of those tacky frosty white artificial Christmas trees just like you had growing up? You may think an artificial tree is eco-friendly because you will use it year after year, but studies show that most people get rid of their fake trees after 6 years where they end up in a landfill. Artificial trees are also made with petroleum-based products, nonrenewable resources, which produce pollution during collection and synthesis of the products. Buy a real Christmas tree grown on a tree farm where the trees benefit wildlife habitat, stabilize soil, buffer water supplies, provide oxygen, and spread holiday cheer. For more information on Christmas trees go to realchristmastrees.org.