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Lake Host Program

Through the New Hampshire Lakes Association Lake Host Program, 775 individuals trained as Lake Hosts are stationed at 105 of the most highly used boat ramps throughout the state. Lake Hosts conduct courtesy boat and trailer inspections and teach boaters how to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species like milfoil or asian clams from waterbody to waterbody.

Since 2002, New Hampshire Lake Hosts have conducted over one-million courtesy boat inspections and have made nearly 1,600 "saves" of invasive species which had just hitchhiked out of a lake or were about to be launched into a lake.

Little Sunapee Lake Host News

Significantly, in August 2020, the Little Sunapee Lake Host program prevented an invasive species from being introduced into our lake, one of 23 "saves" made by lake hosts in New Hampshire in 2020. On August 23, 2020, a veteran Lake Host identified and removed plant material from an arriving kayak, verified by NH Lakes as "filamentous green algae, Eurasian milfoil". Milfoil has been a common aquarium plant, and once established in a lake, it is persistent, creating dense mats that must be cut or pulled out by divers, greatly degrading the use of the lake.

 

"Let's Be Clear" Campaign

The water quality of New Hampshire lakes, ponds and streams is in decline; we should all be very concerned. Runoff carrying contaminants degrades water quality and leads to algae and cyanobacteria blooms. There are ways to reverse this trend by choosing personal actions to protect water quality. Inaction would be devastating to our natural resources and our entire local economy.

The Little Sunapee Protective Association is partnering with the Lake Sunapee Protective Association to educate all landowners and residents in the watershed area to work proactively to preserve the water quality of our lakes. Here are ten things you can do!

 

Invasives Program

News from the New Hampshire Lakes Association

Aquatic invasive species can be spread between waterbodies on boating, fishing, and recreational equipment that has not been properly cleaned, drained and dried. Once in a waterbody, they can cause serious problems. Not only do these species crowd out native plants and animals, they affect people by degrading boating, swimming, and fishing areas, and by reducing shoreline property values and tourism.

Using the Clean, Drain, and Dry approach, Lake Hosts encourage boaters to always take time to do the following before and after boating:

The Little Sunapee Invasives Program

The Lake Host Program at Little Sunapee is our first line of defense against invasive species. The Invasive Watch is the second line of defense to ensure that non-native aquatic plants like fanwort and milfoil or animals, such as Chinese mystery snail or zebra mussels, become established along the shoreline.

The Invasives Watch program is led by area residents who regularly inspect the shoreline to identify suspected invasive plants and animals. Invasives can "hitchhike" on:

How You Can Help

Use the "contact" link at the top of this page if you would like to contribute a few minutes a week to assist in our Invasive Watch Program. Early detection is important to the long-term health of the lake.

Learn More About Invasives and Prevention

Watch an informative and engaging training and refresher session at the following link: Weed Watcher Program in the Sunapee Region. Amy P. Smagula, the Exotic Species Program Coordinator for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, leads this introduction to identification of invasive plants and animals in the Lake Sunapee watershed. The host for the presentation is Susie Burbidge, who manages the invasives program of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association.

 

Join the Little Sunapee Protective Association

Join the Little Sunapee Protective Association. Dues are $50 per year. At the association's annual meeting held each summer, knowledgeable speakers inform residents of statewide activities by individuals, private agencies, and the state on behalf of the New Hampshire lakes. The association board meets quarterly to discuss lake issues and updates on lake and aquatic plant and animal health.

Click the Join Us! button at the top of the page, or write to: Treasurer, Little Sunapee Protective Association, PO Box 1653, New London, NH 03257

 

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