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Long Pond, Lempster, NH- The best kept secret in New Hampshire







Great Job In 2013 (Our Third Year)-----Thank you volunteers.

The Lake Host™ Program is a courtesy boat inspection program implemented by the NH LAKES, LAKE HOST PROGRAM in cooperation with local participating groups to prevent the introduction and spread of exotic aquatic plants and animals, like variable milfoil, from lake to lake, now including two types of exotic animals (a clam and a snail). Exotic aquatic plantand animal infestations in lakes and ponds are undesirable because they make recreation in and on the water dangerous and unpleasant, disrupt the ecological balance of these water bodies, reduce shoreline property values, and are difficult and expensive to control. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer Lake Hosts have conducted more than 300,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1000 "saves" of exotic aquatic plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a lake. All Lake Hosts Programs made '153' aquatic nuisance species 'saves' during the summer of 2013. At Long Pond we conducted an impressive 882 inspections in 2013. This was done with 141.25 hours of Lake Host Volunteers, and 271 paid Lake Host hours. We are limited to the number of paid hours we can offer due to grants we receive. There are 700 hours that should be covered in a season. We covered 412 hours. This means a lot of boats came to our pond that we did not observe or count. More VOLUNTEERS are need. The formula for our grant includes how many volunteer hours were given in the past year. The more volunteer hours the more potential for grant money. Please give a few hours to the program if you can. Thank you all.

The New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) will be offering its popular Lake Host™ payroll grant program to local groups again during Summer 2014, if the grant program from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Department of Safety is funded, and support from private donations.


Shoreland Protection Act (Update)

During the 2011 session, the legislation amended the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act (RSA 482-A). The major changes included changing the name of the Act to the "Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act" and revising the minimum standards relative to impervious surface limitations and vegetative buffers. The amendments also included establishing a new permitting process within the Act that allows shoreland property owners to file a permit by notification for projects within the 250-foot shoreland zone "that have no impact on water quality," and meet the specified notice, size, and purpose requirements. (For the most up-to-date summary of the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act Standards, visit http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/cspa/index.htm



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