Weed Watcher Program

volunteer1The Weed Watcher Program is run by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) as a volunteer program with a proactive approach to exotic plant control.

To learn more about the Weed Watcher Program, click here. 

2018 Weed Watcher Campaign

The purpose of our Weed Watcher program is to identify the presence of any new invasive plants or animals  in Lake Winnisquam and in brooks feeding into the lake before they get to be a problem.  The program was a huge success.  WWN wants to thank all who participated in the program, and Bill Esrich for coordinating the program this past season.  We started the season with a training session in early June, and 33 volunteers patroling 24 areas around the lake on a monthly basis. An additional 8 people volunteered mid-summer for the 2018-19 season.  The entire lake shoreline was patroled at least once, and most areas were checked June through September.

There were five new areas of milfoil discovered by our weed watchers that were subsequently removed using diver-assisted harvesting :

  • Durgin Brook
  • 2 locations along Stoney Brook Road
  • Leighton Ave
  • Chapman Brook

We also want to thank Amy Smagula, ProgramCoordinator at NHDES,  for the many weed identifications and the quick responses to all of our inquiries.  The program was a tremendous success.  Without it, the new areas of growth could have continued to spread unmanaged.

If you’d like to participate in the weed watcher program, please click on the link above to volunteer.  There will be additional training in 2019 for new volunteers, and weed watcher identification packages are available to help identify invasive, as well as native species.