2017 Summary of Activities

Members and friends of the Winnisquam Watershed Network,

Since our charter meeting on July 29th the WWN Board of Directors has been hard at work getting the organization off the ground and pursuing our mission to preserve and protect the lake for future generations. Our aim is to work with state and local entities, our members, and volunteers in the pursuit of this mission, and to provide a key role in coordinating the water quality monitoring and milfoil prevention and control efforts for Lake Winnisquam.

Here’s a summary of our accomplishments to date:

  • We have registered as a non-profit with the State of New Hampshire and have filed for federal designation as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The latter will make all donations to the WWN tax-deductible and enable us to pursue additional grants to further protect our lake.
  • We have launched a logo design contest open to area college and high school students, and will award a $100 prize (donated by several Board members) to the winner. Submissions are due by January 31, 2018.
  • We have been working with NHDES to update their mapping of milfoil infestation throughout Lake Winnisquam and to develop a comprehensive plan for long-term milfoil control in the lake. In contrast to the fragmented approach that has been employed on Winnisquam in the past, we believe that milfoil control will be most effective when it is conducted on a lake-wide, consistent basis, in conjunction with public awareness and education efforts. We intend to begin implementing the plan next summer, but we need to raise about $45,000 to do so. The WWN has applied to NHDES for a 2018 Exotic Species Control Grant and anticipates that at least 30 percent of the program costs will be met through grant funding. We have also requested local matches from each of the five municipalities bordering the lake, and will be soliciting private donations to support our efforts.
  • During the summer of 2017 WWN volunteers implemented the first tier of a comprehensive water quality monitoring program for the lake. This program brings together the efforts of two volunteer monitoring programs that have been operating on the lake for many years; the UNH Lakes Lay Monitoring Program (LLMP) and the NH DES Volunteer Lake Assessment Program (VLAP). This comprehensive program is aimed at building on the data that has already been collected, assessing water quality trends and identifying pollutant sources on a lake-wide basis, and providing better coordination of resources. Together with you, our goal is to expand the water quality monitoring program in future years to sample other locations in the Lake Winnisquam as well as some of the tributaries that flow into it. This effort will require additional funding for sampling equipment, as well as an expanded volunteer corps to conduct the monitoring.
  • We have begun collaboration efforts with the Lakes Region Planning Commission and area municipal planners to offer our assistance with the development of a Watershed Management Plan for the Winnisquam watershed and anticipate additional collaboration as work on the Plan progresses.

 

Since we began this endeavor we’ve heard from many of you who enthusiastically support the mission of the Winnisquam Watershed Network and want to know how to help. Here are a few suggestions:

  • If you haven’t done so already, please become a member of the Winnisquam Watershed Network by clicking the “Join Us” button on the Winnisquam Watershed Network For a nominal annual membership fee of $25.00, you can help preserve our lake for future generations.  Everyone is welcome, so encourage your neighbors and friends to join as well!
  • Consider an additional donation to support our water quality monitoring and milfoil control efforts by contacting us at info@winnisquamwatershed.org. Donations will be retroactively tax-deductible once our 501(c)(3) status is verified, and we will be sure to notify our donors when that occurs.
  • Help spread the word about our logo design contest to area high school and college students. What a great opportunity for our community to get involved.
  • Volunteer to help with water quality monitoring during the summer months, or to help us fabricate some of the tools needed for monitoring.
  • Become a volunteer Weed Watcher or Lake Host and help prevent the spread of invasive vegetation in the lake. Training will be offered in the spring.
  • What skills do you have that can help further our mission? We are seeking volunteers to help with fundraising campaigns, website design and management, and education and awareness.
  • Give us feedback, or let us know how you want to help! We can be reached by email at winnisquamwatershednetwork@gmail.com.

In this season of thanks giving, we’d also like to add that we are very grateful to the NH Lakes Association for all the assistance they provided in getting the Winnisquam Watershed Network off the ground and for the advocacy work they do on behalf of all of New Hampshire’s lakes. We hope that you will consider supporting them as well.

 

 

 

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STUDENTS – HELP DESIGN OUR LOGO!!

The Winnisquam Watershed Network (WWN), Lake Winnisquam’s newly formed lake association, is conducting a logo design competition open to all area high school and college students. Lake Winnisquam is the fourth largest lake in NH and is located within the communities of Meredith, Laconia, Belmont, Tilton and Sanbornton. The lake is a valuable recreational resource in the central lakes region and provides valuable habitat for many species of fish and wildlife, including lake trout, loons, osprey, and bald eagles.

The Winnisquam Watershed Network’s mission is to work together to preserve and protect Lake Winnisquam for future generations. The group’s efforts will include the development and implementation of a comprehensive water quality monitoring program for the lake, working to prevent and control of milfoil and other invasive aquatic species, and working with local municipalities to encourage and support planning on a watershed-wide basis.

Logo designs should be in vector EPS format scalable art and submitted by January 31, 2018 to winnisquamwatershednetwork@gmail.com. Any questions about the contest or the organization should also be addressed to that email address.

WWN’s Board of Directors will review the submissions and select the top three for recognition on our website and in local media. The student submitting the winning design will also be awarded a $100 savings bond and their logo will be used on the Winnisquam Watershed Network’s website, official letterhead, publications and promotional materials. The winner will be asked to sign a release granting exclusive rights to the design to the WWN.

Gravel & Dirt Road Maintenance Workshop

On September 29 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at the Gilford Community Church in Gilford, N.H. interested members of the public including home owners’ associations, road agents, and property maintenance providers are invited to attend a Gravel & Dirt Road Maintenance Workshop.  Presenters will cover topics including how to establish a legal drainage easement, selecting the proper road surface materials for the desired results, when road work needs a state permit, an overview of innovative techniques for the best management of stormwater runoff, and an equipment demonstration.  The $45 per person attendance fee includes a catered hot lunch, 5 Professional Development Hours from EnviroCert International, and a Certificate of Attendance.   The registration deadline to attend is September 21st.  To download a workshop brochure and registration form visit website www.belknapccd.org . For more program information contact the Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) at telephone 603-527-5880 or email lisa.morin@nh.nacdnet.net . This program is sponsored by NH Dept. of Environmental Services and BCCD.

Contact Information:
Lisa Morin
Program Coordinator
Belknap County Conservation District
64 Court Street
Laconia, NH  03246
Telephone: (603) 527-5880

 

Winnisquam Watershed Network (WWN) Officially Launched

The Winnisquam Watershed Network (WWN), a lake association for all of Lake Winnisquam, is officially launched! Approximately 50 members attended our Charter Meeting on July 29th to express support for the WWN’s mission and to approve Bylaws, elect a Board of Directors and pass a budget motion. See the link below for minutes of the meeting, including the bylaws and Board of Directors. We have also received certification as a New Hampshire non-profit and will be looking into pursuing 501(c)(3) status as a federally designated non-profit.

The Winnisquam Watershed Network’s mission is to work together to preserve and protect Lake Winnisquam for future generations. The group’s initial efforts will include the development and implementation of a comprehensive water quality monitoring program for the lake, working to prevent and control of milfoil and other invasive aquatic species, and working with local municipalities to encourage and support planning on a watershed-wide basis.

Stay abreast of our activities and help support the Winnisquam Watershed Network by clicking the “Join Now” button on our web page, or by mailing a check to Winnisquam Watershed Network, PO Box 502, Winnisquam NH 03289. Membership is only $25 and additional donations are welcome.

WWN 2017 Annual Meeting minutes and Bylaws

Meeting on July 29th Reminder!

Reminder – Charter Meeting of the Winnisquam Watershed Network on Saturday July 29, 2017

Did you know that Winnisquam is one of only a few lakes in NH and the only one in the lakes region that does not have its own lake association? Well, that is about to change! Come be a part of history at the charter meeting of the Winnisquam Watershed Network, to be held at the Leslie E. Roberts Town Beach in Belmont on Saturday July 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  The meeting is expected to take less than an hour, with opportunity for socializing and discussion afterwards. Please bring your own chair.

The Winnisquam Watershed Network (WWN) is a collaborative effort of individuals, organizations, and state and local agencies acting to preserve and protect Lake Winnisquam and its watershed now and for future generations. Learn more about the efforts of this newly formed lake association and join us as we formally adopt Bylaws, elect a Board of Directors and set a budget for the upcoming year. Membership in the WWN is open to all; the proposed annual dues are $25 and additional donations are always welcome.

Save the dates!

Charter Meeting of the Winnisquam Watershed Network – Winnisquam’s own lake association!

Mark your calendars and come be a part of history at the first Annual Meeting of the Winnisquam Watershed Network, to be held at the Leslie E. Roberts Town Beach in Belmont on Saturday July 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  The Winnisquam Watershed Network (WWN) is a collaborative effort of individuals, organizations, and state and local agencies acting to preserve and protect Lake Winnisquam and its watershed now and for future generations. Learn more about the efforts of this newly formed lake association and join us as we formally adopt Bylaws, elect a Board of Directors and set a budget for the upcoming year. Stay tuned – more details to follow!

WWN Steering Committee Meeting

The next Steering Committee meeting of the Winnisquam Watershed Network will be held on Friday, June 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please note the new venue for this meeting – we will meet in The Community Learning Center at Franklin Savings Bank located at 61 Laconia Road in Tilton NH (by I-93, exit 20). We will be finalizing plans for the Annual Meeting and discussing a comprehensive water quality monitoring program for Winnisquam and the possibility of hosting an event at which a retired Marine and amputee attempts to swim the length of Lake WInnisquam. All levels of participation are welcome.