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 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.
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.
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
Autumn has arrived and it’s been a beautiful September at the lake. And it’s a good time to reflect back on our summer season, which we hope you enjoyed in spite of COVID challenges.
1. LAKE HOST PROGRAM
Our Lake Host program was very successful this summer. Many thanks to our inspectors who did an excellent job. Our team had four inspectors this year (vs three last year) and we had a longer season with almost 90 more hours of inspection time at the Towle Farm Boat Ramp. We had 693 inspections this year (vs 559 in 2019). No invasive species were found and with no invasives reported by the Weed Watch Team, Province Lake remains invasive free.
The cost of our Lake Host program, which your membership supports, was ~$9000. If you have not had the opportunity to become a member this year, we would encourage you to do so at membership so we can continue this valuable program next summer.
2. THE DROUGHT
Obviously, we are experiencing a drought and this has resulted in the lowest lake level in our recorded history. There is no flow into the lake from the tributaries and we hope to get some rain soon. The dam is still in place at the Bailey Rd outlet but it will be removed, as required by the State of NH, on Oct 18. We expect the lake level could drop another 10-12 inches at that time if the drought persists so plan to remove your boat and dock accordingly.
Several of you have noted that water is being removed from the lake by Province Lake Golf for irrigation. This is allowable by the States of Maine and NH and there is no concern that the lake will be ‘dewatered’. As the golf course is within our watershed drainage, all water removed (excluding what evaporates) will eventually find its way back into the lake.
3. WATER QUALITY
After inspecting several areas, we are happy to report we have not had a significant cyanobacteria bloom thus far this year. We continue to be vigilant and please report a bloom should you observe one.
Given COVID, we have not been able to do the usual water quality sampling this year. We are planning to resume the program next year and are seeking volunteers for water/cyanobacteria sampling. If you are interested, please reply to this email and we will contact you with details.
4. PLA BOARD- LOOKING FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE LAKE
The PLA is looking for members in good standing interested in becoming a board member in 2021. If you are interested, please reply to this email and we will contact you with details.
5. LOCATION OF PRENTICE WOODS PRESERVE
Several of you have asked about the location of the Prentice Woods Preserve off of Bonnyman Rd, Wakefield. Jill Eldredge of Moose Mountain Regional Greenway has kindly provided the following information ‘The property is approximately 17 acres lying on either side of Prentice Woods Rd in Wakefield. A rudimentary map to help you locate it as attached. Any GPS search of Prentice Woods Rd will also give adequate direction. The property lies about halfway down the road in the lowest lying area and you can identify it based on the lack of houses and some orange surveyor’s tape.’ If you are interested in the learning more and supporting MMRG and Prentice Woods Preserve, the link is help-us-protect-the-prentice-woods-preserve-in-wakefield-nh
Enjoy the fall and be well,
Lorie for the PLA
Province Lake has lost a greatly valued friend. It is with sadness we share the passing of Mary McLoughlin on Sunday, September 13th, 2020. She was a dedicated lake steward and showed that commitment as President of our Lake Association from 2008 to 2010. Although she moved our organization forward in many ways, her most consequential effort was launching and coordinating our Lake Host Program.
Mary will always be remembered for her love of Province Lake and the joy she always found here! Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
The PLA Board
Thank you all for a very successful beach clean up. We removed over a ton! of cement blocks, several radiators, lengths of chain, a 45 pound barbell weight, 2 pallets, several boards, 6 bags of trash, half a boat hull of fiberglass and miscellaneous other stuff. We appreciate those who moved the debris from the water to the beach, our pick up crew of 20 folks from our three townships, and the Towns of Wakefield and Effingham Transfer Stations. Our combined efforts go a long way to keeping our lake the gem that it is. Thank you all!
The PLA Invasive Weed Watch program needs your help in keeping Province Lake invasive weed free, now and into the future. We currently have 14 weed watch volunteers who visually inspect for invasive weeds along the entire lake shoreline but we are in need of more volunteers to ensure the lake remains invasive weed free. Please consider becoming a weed watch volunteer.
The weed watch program entails using a kayak, a canoe, or a boat to patrol assigned areas each month from June until September looking for invasive weeds. The methods used are either a zigzag method going from the shoreline toward the main lake body and back to the shoreline or a back and forth method going along the shoreline and going back and forth deeper toward the main lake body. We have found that visual inspection is easier in low sunlight and is best in the early morning or late afternoon.
Please consider volunteering for this important task by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 603-475-5691.
PLA Invasive Weed Watch Coordinator