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
Hi all, 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.
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.
Hi all, 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