BOAT LAUNCH DONATION DRIVE

The 1st Annual 2016

 Boat Ramp

TFCC Province Lake Boat Launch

Donation Drive

The Towle Farm Community Corporation (TFCC) is the owner of the only public boat launch ramp at Province Lake. The ramp is located on Bonnyman Road in East Wakefield, NH.  For over 60 years, TFCC has made this ramp available for public use free of charge.

The TFCC is a non-profit homeowners association with 45 supporting property owners who, through their dues, maintain the boat launch area including the expenses of taxes, liability insurance and maintenance. These costs have quadrupled over time and TFCC is seeking donations from the public in an effort to offset these ever-increasing costs associated with a ramp used by the public.

TFCC will conduct a boat launch donation drive at the ramp two weekends a year. The first donation drive will be the last weekend in May and the second during the first weekend in September or Labor Day Weekend. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $2,000 per year. The suggested donation amount is $20.00. A ramp information flyer and a receipt will be provided to each donor at the time of donation.

Anyone missing these weekend campaigns that wishes to make a donation is encouraged to do so by sending their check to:

Towle Farm Community Corp.
Boat Launch Drive
P.O. Box 70
East Wakefield, NH 03830

Towle Farm Community Golf Outing This Saturday

Attention Golfers:

Looking for a great golf event and a chance to win big prizes this Saturday…. and support the lake erosion control projects at the same time?

It is not too late to sign up for the 7th Annual Towle Farm (TF) Golf Outing.

Shotgun Scramble Start at 7:30 AM with lunch and awards at noon. Entrance fee is $100 per person.

All funds raised go towards the Towle Farm Road Erosion Control project that greatly helps Province Lake waters.

Another TF fundraiser of interest is the Silent Auction and Penny Sale – also at the Province Lake Golf Course on Saturday August 29th from 7 to 10 PM.

To register for the golf event or for more information please email Bill Kane at b.kane@comcast.net

TFCC Golf Tournament New

WEED WATCHING … HELP PROTECT YOUR LAKE!

Hi Neighbors,

Summer is approaching fast, and for that we are all grateful. With the increased usage of the lake come responsibilities. We all need to contribute to protect it’s purity. I am referring here to the lack of invasive weeds.

This year we will have a monthly “patrol’ of the lakeshore to look for new or changing weed patterns. Weed watching is but one of many methods that the PLA is engaged in to maintain our weed free condition. Given that there are 11.2 miles of shoreline, we need to share the weed watching duties. I am currently recruiting volunteers who would be willing to survey a section of shoreline on a monthly basis and report in to me about their findings.

I hope to have enough interest from the entire lake community to be able to assign each volunteer the area in front of, or at least close to, your property. That should make it the most convenient for us all. The survey is general done by boat and usually takes approximately an hour (if we have adequate interest).

Having done this before, Donna and I have made this into a routine we do early in the morning, enjoying the peace and tranquility of the lake. It is also much easier to see into the lake and view the weeds when it is calm. After a few “weed watching rides” you become very familiar with the existing weed growths and the survey becomes routine. For any of you that want to volunteer, but are unsure of weed types, we at the PLA will be happy to train what to look for.

Reporting in will be done via Email (or phone if email is not available), so that portion will be quick and easy. The hope is that each volunteer will, in general, survey the lake in front of about 10 to 12 properties, or about 1000 feet of frontage. That may sound like a lot, but it can be done quickly. Of course, if we can get participation, the survey we each do will be minimized.

There are a few key areas we really need to focus on and those are where public use occurs. The boat launch on Bonnyman Rd., Route 153 beach area and Province Shores Campground are the most critical. If you can do any of those areas, please let me know.

Please Email or phone me with your interest and where you would prefer to survey. I will put a plan together and respond back. Thanks for your interest and participation.

Carl Davis                                    112remickcd@gmail.com                                                                                                            539-3344

 

Save the Date and Help Needed

We hope many of you can attend the Invasive Species event described in the attached.  I believe most of you are aware that invasive species (particularly milfoil) can get into our lake and are already in some of the area lakes.  Milfoil can grow in waters as deep as 16 to 17 feet (the maximum depth of Province lake). If it ever gets into Province Lake, we could never get rid of it.  The milfoil issue is as much of a concern as the cyanobacteria blooms we have been having.  
Even if you can’t attend the June session, we need your help to keep invasive species out of our lake. The PLA has a lake host program to inspect boats during peak hours at the launch ramp. We can’t afford paid lake hosts to cover the ramp all the times, so volunteers willing to inspect boats, even for a few hours over the summer, would be helpful.  We also have a weed watch program that could use more volunteers to help inspect the lake once a month. More importantly, we need someone to be the weed watch program coordinator. Coordinator duties include: assuring we have a volunteer for each section of the shore, and getting regular feedback from those people.
Please, please, please .. if you are willing to help, the PLA and our Lake need you. To volunteer or discuss any of the above please  e-mail president@provincelake.org or call 207-200-3234

2014 Annual Meeting Scheduled

Mark your calendars!  The 2014 Annual Meeting has been scheduled for July 19, 2014 from 9am to noon at Province Lake Golf.  In addition, this will be the final Watershed Plan Public Meeting, the entire community is invited.  The Province Lake Association wants to again thank Province Lake Golf for their support of the association by offering us their facility for our meeting.  We encourage all that golf to please also support the golf course.

Cyanobacteria Warning Removed!

News from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 19, 2013

CONTACT: Sonya Carlson (603) 271-0698 or (603) 419-9229

                    

des.nh.gov

twitter.com/NHDES

twitter.com/NHDES_Beaches

State Removes Cyanobacteria Warning for Province Lake, Effingham, NH

 

Concord, NH – The cyanobacteria cell concentration in Province Lake, Effingham, NH, is below a level of public health concern.  As a result, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has removed the cyanobacteria lake warning issued on July 11, 2013.

Areas examined today, July 19, 2013, included areas along Bonnyman Point, Bailey & Remick Roads.  The growth has been reduced to small specks throughout the water column, but the overall concentration of cyanobacteria in the samples collected was low.  However, once a bloom has been seen in a lake, that lake is more likely to have future blooms.  Please continue to monitor your individual shoreline for changing conditions and avoid any large amounts of growth in the water.

DES routinely monitors public beaches and public waters of the state for cyanobacteria.  Cyanobacteria are natural components of water bodies worldwide, but blooms and surface scums may form when excess phosphorus is available to the water.  Some cyanobacteria produce toxins that are stored within the cells but released upon cell death.  Toxins can cause both acute and chronic health effects that range in severity.  Acute health effects include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Chronic effects include liver and central nervous system damage.

Visit the DES Beach Program website for photos and more information about cyanobacteria at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/beaches/index.htm

Updates on advisories and warnings may be obtained at http://www2.des.state.nh.us/WaterShed_BeachMaps/WaterShed_BeachMaps.aspx

Follow the Beaches twitter feed:

http://twitter.com/NHDES_Beaches

If you notice anything resembling cyanobacteria, please refrain from wading, swimming, or drinking the water.  Keep all pets out of the water and contact DES immediately. Please call DES to report a cyanobacteria bloom at (603) 419-9229

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NH DES Issues Cyanobacteria Warning 7/11/13

See press release below …. the cyanobacteria is back and is now the green color we usually see.  I have posted a picture below  that I took today, so if you see anything like that … stay out of it.

Regards,

Jon Samuelson

President, PLA

News from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 11, 2013

CONTACT: Sonya Carlson (603) 271-0698 or (603) 419-9229

des.nh.gov

twitter.com/NHDES

twitter.com/NHDES_Beaches

 State Issues Cyanobacteria Warning for Province Lake, Effingham, NH

 Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has issued a cyanobacteria lake warning for those who recreate on Province Lake, Effingham, NH, due to extensive greenish clouds and streaks of cyanobacteria.  Areas where the bloom has been spotted include the boat launch on Bonnyman Road and along Point, Bailey & Remick Roads, however, the bloom may appear anywhere on the lake.  In windy conditions, the lake appears cloudy.  During calm periods, large swaths of blue-green material can be seen along the shore.  Please continue to monitor your individual shoreline for changing conditions

This warning is intended as a precautionary measure to prevent short term exposure to cyanobacteria toxins and is not based on a toxin evaluation.  DES advises lake users to avoid contact with the water in areas experiencing a surface scum or blue-green clouds.  DES also advises pet owners to keep their pets out of water that has a surface scum or blue-green clouds.

DES routinely monitors public beaches and public waters of the state for cyanobacteria. Once a cyanobacteria warning has been issued, DES returns to affected waterbodies on a weekly basis until the cyanobacteria bloom is not evident.  Cyanobacteria are natural components of water bodies worldwide, but blooms and surface scums may form when excess phosphorus is available to the water.  Some cyanobacteria produce toxins that are stored within the cells but released upon cell death.  Toxins can cause both acute and chronic health effects that range in severity.  Acute health effects include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Chronic effects include liver and central nervous system damage.

The July 11, 2013, warning will remain in effect until additional samples reveal cyanobacteria levels have diminished.

Visit the DES Beach Program website for photos and more information about cyanobacteria at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/beaches/index.htm

Updates on advisories and warnings may be obtained at http://www2.des.state.nh.us/WaterShed_BeachMaps/WaterShed_BeachMaps.aspx

Follow the Beaches twitter feed:

http://twitter.com/NHDES_Beaches

If you notice anything resembling cyanobacteria, please refrain from wading, swimming, or drinking the water.  Keep all pets out of the water and contact DES immediately. Please call DES to report a cyanobacteria bloom at (603) 419-9229

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Cyanobacteria Advisory Lifted – June 28, 2013

NH DES Lifts Cyanobacteria Advisory.

NH DES came back to the lake again today and took another sample of the water and took a look around.  If you are here, or when you get here, you will see that the water definitely looks better, especially at the boat ramp.  The sample came back and indicated a very slight level of cyanobacteria.  As such, DES has lifted the advisory for the boat ramp area and the rest of the lake.

That’s the good news, however, we all need to stay alert to how the water looks and/or changes.  The fact that they still got a low reading means that the bacteria is present.  With the sunshine returning (I hope) and the temps warming up (again I hope), the blooms could return.

So, keep your eyes open and if you see a heavy cloudy water area, let us know.  The picture below is what it looked like last week.  You can contact the Province Lake Association at 207-200-3234 or you can contact the NH DES hotline at 603-419-9229.

Other than that, let’s hope for some great weather this holiday week.  I am sure that many of you will be up enjoying your place for the week.  Don’t forget about the breakfast on Saturday the 6th … click here for the details

See you on the Lake!

Jon Samuelson

President, PLA

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Cyanobacteria Bloom June 21, 2013

Hello Fellow Lakers,

Please see the note below from NH DES.  We seem to have a cyanobacteria bloom in the lake and it is most noticeable near the boat ramp on Bonnyman, but everyone on the lake needs to keep their eyes open.  It is mixed with pollen and instead of being blue/green, it is whitish and yellow small clumps that not only is on the surface, but also goes down in the water.  The concern is for ingesting it, not necessarily touching it.  Keep children and pets out of it.  And rinse off if you go in it.

 Regards,

Jon Samuelson

President, PLA

President Of Province Lake Association,

As we discussed on the phone, we will be issuing a cyanobacteria advisory for the boat launch on Bonnyman Road, Province Lake based on your recent description of the changing conditions from this morning.  The two samples that were submitted to DES were not at levels that would initiate a lake wide warning.  Both were below the 70,000 cells/mL that prompt further action.  However, the clumps/material that were in the sample are a type of cyanobacteria so if this is reoccurring and at elevated concentrations at the boat ramp it is best to advise the folks entering at this public access point.  It should be especially helpful to have the lake host convey this information as folks come in.

Please do post that area with the red sign(s) as soon as you are able and I will go through the usual protocol for issuing an advisory so that the information is available on our website.  To review, if conditions change over the weekend – the boat launch area has cleared up, the beach area on route 153 or campground beach are showing signs of elevated cell concentrations- please call 271-8803 (I will check messages) or 419-9229 so that we can adjust the website information accordingly.

The important points to get across

  1. A cyanobacteria advisory is not a lake closure.
  2. Our assessment of cyanobacteria involves a microscopic evaluation which serves only as a precautionary measure for short term exposure to cyanobacteria.  Our recommendation is to avoid contact with any area of water experiencing a bloom.  Ingestion of the bloom/scum is one of our primary concerns.  Keep pets out. 
  3. Due to the nature of cyanobacteria it can be very frustrating to track a bloom as it is visible at one time but in a few hours it appears to have dispersed dependent on wind, current and/or rain.  Be vigilant to the changing conditions of individual shorelines. 
  4. Cyanobacteria (formerly called blue-green algae) are present in all lakes around the world and it is true that some species of cyanobacteria produce toxins however; it is only when a visible bloom of cyanobacteria is present that we recommend avoiding contact as a precaution.    

Other potentially useful information resources:

http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/beaches/cyano_bacteria.htm (recreational exposure)

http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/publications/wd/documents/cyano_id_flyer.pdf  (how to identify, who to contact)

Current Advisories: http://www2.des.state.nh.us/Advisories/Beaches/
Beach Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/NHDES_Beaches
DES Beach Advisories Email Newsletter: http://des.nh.gov/media/enews/index.htm

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Teresa Ptak

Clean Vessel Act Coordinator/Beach Program Assistant

Biology-NH Department of Environmental Services

29 Hazen Drive, P.O. Box 95

Concord NH 03302-0095

Ph: (603) 271-8803

Fax: (603) 271-7894

Teresa.Ptak@des.nh.gov or cva@des.nh.gov