Good Lake Behaviors

Do be considerate of loons while operating boats and PWCs.  To protect them from injury and death, pick up any loose line when fishing and refrain from using lead sinkers.

Do check for and remove aquatic weeds from your boat, trailer, and anchor, especially if you boat in other waters.

Do exercise caution when refueling dockside to prevent gas and oil spills. To report a spill, call the Oil Spill Response Team at (603) 271-2900.

Do keep your motor properly tuned, especially older 2-stroke outboards.  They can emit as much as 15% of their raw fuel directly out of the exhaust.

Do properly maintain your septic system. Ensure that it is cleaned and inspected regularly.

Do be considerate early in the morning and later in the evening. Sound carries over the lake and not everyone may share your taste in music or topic of conversation.

Don’t use fertilizer, except lime within 25′ of the high water mark.  Plant a buffer zone, trees and bushes near the water to trap runoff, before it goes into the lake.

Don’t use your septic system to dispose of toxic chemicals such as paint, gasoline, waste oil, and harsh household cleaners.  They destroy beneficial bacteria in the system causing major backups and problems. Try to use low  phosphate detergents.

Don’t use powerful outboard motors in shallow areas. The nutrient-laden bottom sediments can be churned into the overlying water to support increased algae growth.

Don’t feed the ducks.  They are hosts to the trematode parasites, a major cause of the itchy skin rash known as swimmers itch.

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.

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.