Ice Conditions Improve, but…

WMUR reports that ice conditions on lakes have improved but not all lakes and ponds are safe yet.

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Careful: Thin Ice!

Ice Considered Unsafe Across New Hampshire

Cold temperatures may be back, but the ice on area ponds and lakes remains unsafe. New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said ice across the state is unstable.

Click to view News 9′s coverage.

“Ponds are going to start freezing up pretty quick, but they’re just not going to be safe for a little while,” said David Gill, the Concord Parks and Recreation Director.

Warnings are clearly marked at White Park in Concord, where on Christmas Eve, there was a close call. Gill said a boy’s dog fell through the ice, and the boy too fell through the ice trying to save his dog. Fortunately, a Parks and Recreation employee was nearby and pulled the boy to safety.

“It was a close call, but it’s just a reminder that it’s thin ice, it’s not safe,” said Gill.

Meanwhile in Meredith, there’s no ice on Lake Winnipesaukee while parts of Wickwas Lake are frozen but not enough for recreation purposes.
“Right now, all the ice in New Hampshire is considered unsafe,” said Capt. John Wimsatt of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Wimsatt said rain and warm weather have been setbacks for ice this month. A slow start this season will delay ice activities.

“Parents need to be very concerned that they don’t let their children venture out onto the ice during this Christmas break,” said Wimsatt.

Wimsatt said ice should be at least six inches thick to walk on, and about a foot thick for snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.

“You can’t rely on what somebody else is doing out on the ice to be indicative of what is safe to do,” said Wimsatt.

As for White Park, Gill said it’ll take at least a couple more weeks of freezing temperatures before they open the pond.

“This year we’re definitely behind the ballgame so to speak because mother nature has really just been upside down,” said Gill.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are especially concerned about the North Country area, where there’s a lot of snowmobiling.

In Pittsburg, officials said First Connecticut Lake is still 40 percent open water.

Anyone who notices someone falling through ice is urged to call 911.

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Upcoming EPA Webcast on Harmful Algal Blooms and the Role of Citizen Scientists

On May 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST, EPA’s Office of
Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds will host a webcast on public engagement
opportunities to address harmful algal blooms (HABs), entitled, “The Role of
Citizen Scientists in Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Response
.” Steve Morton from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Scott Kishbaugh and Karen Stainbrook from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation will begin the series with a discussion of their involvement with volunteer monitoring initiatives, and how the American public can get involved in a project to monitor for potentially toxic algal species and collect meaningful data from their local water bodies for use in decision-making by a local, state, or federal agency.

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Webinar: Living Shorelines – Types, Tools and Techniques

EPA’s Watershed Academy is offering a free webcast on May 14, (1-3pm Eastern)  on living shorelines – erosion control practices that protect the natural structure and function of shorelines through strategic placement of materials such as native plants, sand, and stone. Unlike traditional erosion control structures (such as bulkheads and seawalls), living shorelines can stabilize shorelines while maintaining natural processes and land-water connections that are important for wildlife and clean water. This webcast will introduce living shoreline projects and explain the values of such projects and their implementation methodologies. Register at the Watershed Academy Webcast website at

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2015 Watershed Assistance Grants

The NH DES Watershed Assistance Section is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2015 Watershed Assistance Grants to support local initiatives to restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) and information packet are available on the DES website at

  • The DEADLINE for pre-proposals is July 11, 2014.
  • Applicants must submit a pre-proposal to be considered for funding.

For questions, please contact:

Jeff Marcoux  (603)271-8862,

Eric Williams (603)271-2358

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Jody Connor Memorial Fund Volunteer Monitoring Equipment Grant

We are happy to announce that several small grants are available through the Jody Connor Memorial Fund to assist monitoring groups with the purchase of lake sampling equipment.  The number of grants are limited, and in the range of $500.  Additional information on the Jody Connor Memorial Fund Grants, the Grant Application and Equipment Information can be found at  Or, visit the main VLAP website and look under Hot Topics and Grants/Loans.  The application deadline is March 31, 2014.

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Economic Impact of Recreational Boating in New Hampshire

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has released new state by state fact sheets on the economic impact of recreational boating in New Hampshire.  Click on the  New Hampshire’s link at

New Hampshire’s total annual economic impact is estimated at $760.7 million compared with $844.0 million in Maine and $287.4 million in Vermont.

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2014 Watershed Assistance Grants Pre-Proposals

N.H. DES Watershed Assistance Section is now requesting


for 2014 Watershed Assistance Grants to support local initiatives

to restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters.

- available now on the -


 Or try the shorter url at:

     The DEADLINE for pre-proposals is August 9, 2013.

    Applicants must submit a pre-proposal to be considered for funding.

 The pre-proposals will be used to select projects for further discussion and possible funding.

 If you are thinking about submitting a pre-proposal or have questions, please contact:

Jeff Marcoux  (603)271-8862,

Eric Williams (603)271-2358

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Scotts Drops Phosphorus From Lawn Fertilizer

Scotts Miracle-Gro has eliminated phosphorus from its Turfbuilder brand fertilizers.  The phosphorus free fertilizers should be available in most stores for purchase.  This is great news for lake and stream front property owners as well as all watershed residents.

Also read about it here

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2013 VLAP Workshop

When: Saturday, June 1, 2013

Where: DES Offices, 29 Hazen Dr., Concord, NH

Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm

 Don’t miss the VLAP Annual Refresher Workshop! Join fellow volunteers and lake enthusiasts to learn about the Acton Wakefield Watershed Alliance’s Youth Conservation Corps stormwater management projects and stormwater management for roads, identify aquatic exotic plants, and refresh your VLAP sampling skills. Honor your fellow volunteers and see who takes home the Volunteer Limnologist and Secchi Disk Awards.

For more information and to register visit

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