Water Quality

The water quality of Province Lake has been under close watch for the past few years.  With such a shallow waterbody, low flushing rate, and high phosphorus concentrations, Province Lake has experienced repeat algal blooms in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  Province Lake is also listed on the NH Department of Environmental Services303(d) list for impaired waterbodies – 2010 and 2012.  This has lead to the development of a Watershed Management Plan that was completed in 2014.  The plan can be viewed by clicking here.

The Province Lake Association, with the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance is currently moving forward with the 1st grant to implement fixes to concern areas identified in the Watershed Management Plan.

We encourage property owners, renters, and people who use the lakes assets to be mindful of fertilizer use, erosion from stormwater runoff, and where their pets go to the bathroom.  There are a lot of tools and tips to promote better water quality that can be found at the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance website, Conservation Practices for Homeowners, Alternatives to Hazardous Chemicals, and Septic Systems.