You can now read the minutes from the annual meeting that took place at Edge Lake Farm on July 17, 2021. You can read them at this link … Minutes.
The Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance (AWWA) and Province Lake Association have successfully applied for and received another New Hampshire 319 Grant to help protect the water quality of Province Lake. Section 319 of the Clean Water Act allows the EPA to grant funds to states and local organizations to maintain clean and healthy water bodies, or address specific water quality issues. As a local organization with a full-time technical staff, AWWA acquires these grants on behalf of local lake associations, and helps to implement projects on the lake.
This 319 grant funds a variety of water quality projects and programs. First, if you are experiencing erosion on your lakefront property, AWWA will conduct a free site visit and develop a landscape plan to address erosion. The grant provides funding for AWWA’s Youth Conservation Corps to install stormwater landscape designs on lakefront properties. Homeowners need only purchase the required materials and the labor is free. This is an affordable, lake-friendly landscaping alternative that benefits the lake and protects your shoreline.
This grant also includes a septic system cost-share replacement program. Old and undersized septic systems are a major source of Phosphorus in the lake. If you think your septic system needs replacement call AWWA or visit their website to apply for cost-share funding. Four homeowners will receive up to $4,600 each to be used toward their septic system replacements. These are prioritized based on water quality impact and first come first served so please apply today or call AWWA to see if you qualify.
AWWA Contact Info:
(p) 603 473 2500
In support of the Gafney Library and the town of Wakefield, we are sharing the attached press release for your review. Enjoy!
The bloom appears to have dissipated and guidance from the NHDES is that the alert status is discontinued. That being said, please remain vigilant and the guidance is you, children and pets should not enter the water if you observe a bloom. You can find more information regarding blooms at https://www.des.nh.gov/water/healthy-swimming/harmful-algal-blooms
In the meantime, the water looks good and we all hope to enjoy it during the upcoming warm weather.
Thank you,The PLA
Unfortunately, a cyanobacteria bloom has been observed in several locations around the lake today. It can look like green mats or you may see small flecks or stringers, which you may think is pollen. Photos are below.
We cannot say if the water is safe at this time. Each individual needs to make the determination on whether to go in or not, but the guidance is to not go into the water if a bloom is present. It is particularly important to keep dogs and children out of the water when a bloom is observed.
We will be reporting this to the NH DES and will follow up as recommended.
Welcome to spring. A good way to start off the season is to read up on some interesting info from the Province Lake Association and other local establishments. The most recent spring issue of the Newsletter is now available for your enjoyment. We also posted the article written by Natalie Prentice in 1995 entitled “Province Lake – A History”. You can read both of them under newsletters above or at this link.
The loon raft/nest was launched and placed in its usual spot on April 27, 2021. Let’s hope for some activity and a successful season. As usual, please keep your distance from the nest, especially if the loons are in the area.
One of our board members came across a series of cyanobacteria articles on the Cape & Islands website. There is quite a bit of information out there, but if you are interested in cyanobacteria details, this is a good source. You can see the articles at this link ….
The Fall Newsletter has now been posted on the website at this link.
A clarification that the boards (not the dam) will be removed at the lake outlet on Sunday, Oct 18. Even with the welcome rain we are experiencing now, we expect the lake level will go down when the boards are removed. Please plan on removing your boat and dock accordingly.
Lorie for the PLA