Hi all, It appears summer will arrive this weekend. Enjoy what looks to be a glorious summer weekend. We’d like to share a few items of interest to get you in the summer frame of mind.
Our membership mailer has gone out and we hope you will support the PLA as we work to keep our lake waters healthy. Your contributions make all the difference. You can also join on our website at https://provincelake.org/about/membership/
We have a full contingent of lake host inspectors. They will be at the Towle Farm Boat ramp (thank you Towle Farm CC!) this summer to inspect boats coming into and going from the lake. This is so important in keeping those nasty invasive species out of our lake. Stop by and say hi to our hosts when you have the chance.
We will also be doing the weed watch cruises again. If you would like to be a weed watcher, send us an email. We can provide training and information to assist you in identifying any invasive weeds.
We will be doing our water sampling program in conjunction with the NH Lay Lakes Monitoring program. In addition to routine sampling, we will be on the alert for any cyanobacteria blooms, also referred to as harmful algal blooms (HABs). Attached is a very interesting video sponsored by AWWA Water Talks where Dr. Haney of UNH discusses cyanobacteria https://youtu.be/EaAWfpxCVBM. If you see a bloom, you can report it to NH DES by calling or texting the hotline at (603) 848-8094 or email HAB@des.nh.gov , as well as contacting us directly. And remember, you can help mitigate against cyanobacteria blooms by keeping your septic systems in good working order, stopping erosion of sediment into the lake or drainage areas, not fertilising your lawns with high phosphate/nitrate fertilizer and not encouraging waterfowl with food handouts. Our partner, AWWA, has a number of programs you can check out for ideas and assistance at https://awwatersheds.org/programs-activities/
The Province Lake Association is in need of one or two paid Lake Host Inspectors for the summer of 2022, so apply early. Interested parties (must be 18 years and older) and the position pays $15 per hour. College students, teachers, retirees and seniors are encouraged to apply.
As a Lake Host you will be on the front lines of one of Province Lake’s most important environmental initiatives while spending time in the summer sun.
Lake Hosts greet boaters and provide a complimentary boat inspection to uncover and destroy invasive plants as boats enter and leave the lake. If you’re selected for the program, you’ll receive online and in person training along with a uniform.
If interested in this position, please contact Lee-Ann Cammett at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Thank you for your interest.
Hi All, It’s no joke! April 1 was Province Lake’s official ice out date. Summer is coming! The PLA is looking for a few volunteers who can assist us by providing a pontoon/party boat for our water sampling program this coming summer. This program is run in conjunction with UNH and the NH Lay Lakes program. We have trained and equipped personnel but need boats to do the sampling. The sampling typically takes 2 hours and starts at 9am. The dates of sampling are:
Monday June 6
Monday July 18
Monday August 8
Monday August 29
Monday September 26
You can express your interest, any dates you could volunteer, and provide contact information (email & phone#) to email@example.com. We will follow up with more specific information. This is a great excuse for spending a morning on the lake while helping to keep it healthy.
Hi all, Below you will find information from NH Lakes regarding House Bill 1066 which will be before the committee this coming Wednesday, January 12. We would like to encourage you, if you support the bill, to provide that support by email, letter or phone and register your support through the links provided. We believe passage of this bill will be a start to substantively address the increasing threat from cyanobacteria blooms in our lake. Thank you,
The PLA ==================================
The New Hampshire 2022 legislative session has just kicked off and YOUR voice is urgently needed at the State House!
Our lakes—including YOUR favorite lake—need you to write or call your legislative representatives before Wednesday, urging them to support this bill.
In 2021, a record number of public health advisories were issued for toxic cyanobacteria in New Hampshire’s lakes. People were told to avoid wading or swimming in the water and also avoid drinking water from the lake for fear of becoming sick. They were told to keep pets out of the water, too. Cyanobacteria blooms are not only a health hazard for humans, pets, and wildlife, they negatively impact tourism and the economy. Cyanobacteria is a statewide problem and statewide solutions are needed. It is time for the legislature to take a comprehensive look at ways to tackle this issue.
If passed, the study commission would be the first time experts from the New Hampshire Departments of Environmental Services and Health and Human Services, environmental conservation groups, veterinarians, universities, and policymakers would come together to address the increasing frequency and severity of cyanobacteria blooms in New Hampshire’s waterbodies.
Our legislators need to hear from YOU! Call, email, or write members of the committee, or testify at the State House, and tell policymakers how toxic cyanobacteria blooms have impacted your favorite lake and your enjoyment of the lake. Stories and public testimony, especially from advocates like you, will make a difference in getting this critical legislation passed. Below, I have included tips for writing and calling legislators, and providing verbal testimony. And, a link to register in support of the bill.
Thank you, in advance for responding to this call for action, giving New Hampshire’s lakes a voice at State House! Our lakes are counting on you.Committed to clean and healthy lakes,
Select Date of Hearing: January 12, 2022 Select the Committee: House Resources, Recreation, and Development Choose the Bill: HB 1066 Indicate Who You’re Representing Choose Your Position: Support, Oppose, Neutral Advocating at the State House
The Fall 2021 Newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure. You can access it from this website under News or you can just click this link to bring you to the page of all the Newsletters in case you missed one.
Hi all, We wanted to notify you that we are experiencing intermittent and sporadic cyanobacteria blooms at Province Lake. They have been coming and going along the shoreline of Bonnyman and Point Roads and Lake Shore Dr. It is appearing as green stringers, surface blobs and cloudy green water. This has occurred over the weekend. We suspect it will likely continue until conditions become unfavorable for its development. 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 pets and children out of the water when a bloom is observed. The NH DES will be notified and follow up with any other advice. The PLA
Hi All, It’s been a beautiful fall thus far and many of us around the lake are preparing for the upcoming colder months. Here are a few reminders we’d like to share. 1. Our last Rt 153 beach clean up will be next Saturday, Oct 16 at 10.00 am, rain or shine. It should take about an hour. We will meet near the entrance to the Donville Campground on Rte 153. Gloves and trash buckets/bags will be provided. Just bring yourself and the desire to help beautify our lakeshore after a busy fall. 2. The dam boards at the Bailey Rd bridge will come out right after Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day. The lake level is still relatively high but may lower when the boards are removed. 3. NH Lakes has some great guidance about not putting leaves, leaf litter, cut grass and other ‘natural’ debris into the lake as it degrades water quality. More specific information is at this link. 4. There is no nice way to dispatch those pesky mice and rodents that like to invade our homes, particularly during the colder months. It would be best if we don’t use rodent poisons and use some other method (a quick google search will identify a number of methods). We have an abundance of natural rodent predators at the lake (owls, foxes, eagles, hawks, bobcats, racoons) who can be easily poisoned by consuming rodents who have ingested the poison. Please be thoughtful in helping to maintain a safe environment for our wildlife while you winterize.
The PLA has been asked to share the following information regarding a Wakefield NEW Shore Land Department Proposal sponsored by Chuck Robbins of Wakefield. The link below is information and an informal survey which will be used by Chuck to determine if a warrant article should be proposed to the Town to ‘create a separate department with people and equipment to combat all Wakefield lakes nutrient loading and erosion problems, as the Town does with all other departments to insure the health and safety of our unique town.’ Resident taxpayers will receive a mailing but Chuck would like input from all Wakefield taxpayers as well. You can submit your questions or response directly to Chuck at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your response to him at 271 Walsh Road, Sanbornville, NH 03872. The PLA is not advocating for or against this proposal but we are sharing it so Wakefield folks can express their opinion and make their own decision on this matter. Thank you for your consideration, The PLA