We hope you are enjoying fall at Province Lake. We wanted to inform you that we will be removing the dam boards on Tuesday, Oct 15. This will allow the lake level to lower in preparation for the winter season. Thank you, The PLA
PLA President, Lorie Dunne, and several other PLA board members went to the Effingham Selectmen’s meeting on September 17, 2019 to share information about the PLA and how we rely on the towns as partners in our pursuit to maintain and improve the water quality of the lake. You can watch the tape of the presentation at this link (note the PLA part starts about 20 minutes in): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtXp_xFcs10&feature=youtu.be
If you prefer, you can view the presentation by clicking HERE.
A huge thank you to all who participated in our beach
clean up yesterday. In spite of some outer band Hurricane Dorian
weather, we had the largest turnout ever with 26 folks who cleaned our
beach along Rt 153 in little over an hour. We
collected 5 full bags of trash and it was notable that the beach
appears to be getting cleaner although firework debris, blue styrofoam
bits, cigarette butts and cans are still the prevalent trash items,
particularly along the Maine section of beach. A
special thanks again to the residents of the Donville, Butler Field and
NH beach areas. You do a fabulous job in keeping your beach areas clean
and healthy. Again, thank you all! The PLA
A Kayak was found floating in the middle of the lake this morning (8/23/19 at about 10am). The paddle was in it as well as a life jacket. The paddle, life jacket and the seat area were covered in spider webs and it had about 2 inches of water and some acorns in it as well. It appears it hasn’t been used in a bit. Should you think it is yours, you can contact Rick at 978-457-5346. You will need to describe it to him and if it is yours, you can go and get it.
We are very sad to report that the single loon chick hatched 5 weeks ago has died. The cause is unknown at this time. The Loon Preservation Committee has retrieved the body with plans to do a necropsy this fall. We will inform you when we get that information from them. PLA
The NH DES Province Lake Cyanobacteria Advisory was lifted on Aug 30. Please click here for details. NH DES informed the PLA that the cyanobacteria found can produce anatoxins but they do not analyze for toxicity. As a precaution, you should use judgment and avoid areas where a bloom occurs (bright green mats, stringers) as shown on our website.
As communicated yesterday, the PLA observed some pretty significant cyanobacteria blooms in several spots around the lake. The PLA took samples of those and brought them to UNH for analysis. The PLA also decided to post the red warning signs to give folks a “heads up”. NH DES came to the lake today (Thursday 7/25/19) and took samples as well. Based on the samples analyzed at UNH and at DES, the State has issued an official warning as can be read by clicking here.
Unfortunately our recent weather has been very conducive for the growth of cyanobacteria. There have been several blooms (green floating scummy mats) around the lake today. In an abundance of caution, we will be posting the red NHDES Advisory signs. Samples have been taken and will be analyzed to see if the cyanobacteria has any toxicity. In the meantime, we would recommend that children and pets be kept out of the water and if anyone comes in contact with the bloom, they should rinse off in fresh water. We will inform you of the NHDES results as soon as they are available. Several photos are attached. PLA
Save the date … the annual meeting will be held on Saturday July 20, 2019 at Edge Lake Farm which is across the street from the entrance to the golf course. The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m.. Come hear news about the lake, meet fellow members, and join the association if you haven’t already. Note that anyone may attend the meeting, but you need to be a PLA member to vote on any items that come up.