Boating Safety

Since our July annual meeting and its attendance by representatives of the NH Marine Patrol and the Maine Warden Service we believe we have had more appearances on the lake than in the past by those departments.  Nevertheless we are still receiving some complaints from lake residents about speed violations in “No Wake” areas and high speed and reckless operation.  Especially troubling have been  reports of operations that have come extremely close to some of our loon families.

We will be meeting again before next season with these two agencies to request additional coverage which we believe will happen, however they have budget and personnel issues which limit the amount of coverage they can provide.

If you see boating operations that are in violation of the existing regulations or that create a safety issue you are requested by both states to call their telephone numbers below.  In New Hampshire you will talk directly with the Marine Patrol.  In Maine you will talk with the State Police dispatcher who will notify the area Warden.  It is important that you ask to have a return phone call from the Marine Patrol or Warden Service. Your phone number will be required for that return call, is considered confidential,  and will not be released during any follow up activity.
Maine State Police (Warden Service)  800-452-4664
NH Marine Patrol  603-293-2037

Although some boating violations are no doubt caused by folks with  a “it doesn’t apply to me attitude” many are simply a matter lack of awareness of what the rules say or mean.

Safe boating practices are explained in Boating Safety Regulations issued each year by both states.  GELIA  supplies those pamphlets each year at its annual meeting and they are available at marinas, fishing supply stores and outlets that issue fishing licenses. A good idea to “brush up” on those items you may not remember.  For example, do you know what all those colors mean on the marker buoys you see around the lake??

Walt Neff     GELIA Boating Safety     603-926-7278

About the Watershed Survey

 We are pleased to announce that the Great East Lake 2021 Watershed Report is finished and
available as a PDF link below. Many thanks to Jon Balanoff, the AWWA Executive Director, for
his perseverance in seeing the project through to this point.
We all know that our lake is very clear and clean, but the challenge before us is to keep it that
way for future generations. The survey identified many sites throughout the watershed that
threaten its present condition. Here is a quick summary of the findings:

           -25 sites were identified as having a high impact on water quality
           -97 sites were identified with medium impact
           -101 sites were identified with low impact

Of these 200+ sites, about half of them require no-cost or low-cost remediation. The other half
are more involved, more technically challenging, and will have a greater expense associated with
them. Please keep in mind that AWWA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is available to assist
with remediation projects and property owners need only pay the cost for materials, not labor.

Letters and emails have been sent to all participating members informing them if erosion issues
were found on their property or not. If issues were found, members were provided with details
of the findings and suggested remediation methods.

If you do not receive a letter or email and would like to inquire about findings on your property
you can send your request to either the GELIA Watershed Committee email or the AWWA email
address listed below to request that information. Please provide your name, the property
owner’s name and the property address in your request.

          watershedsurvey@greateastlake.org
          info@AWwatersheds.org

We urge all property owners to read the report as it’s filled with useful information, helpful
remediation options and best practices for all kinds of issues. We also want to stress the
importance of addressing issues promptly should any be identified on your property.
Thank you again to all those who assisted with this survey and thanks to everyone for helping to
keep our lake as clean, clear and beautiful as we possibly can.