Lake Host/Courtesy Boat Inspector Program Update

The Lake Host/Courtesy Boat Inspector Program is back for 2010 and bigger than ever. We have received additional funding from NH Lakes to expand our program to include the Weeks boat launch (where the Annual Meeting is held). This will not affect our staffing of the public boat launch in Acton, Maine which we will continue to staff as in the past.

Our staff this year consists of returning lake hosts: Captain Caitlyn McKay, Courtney McKay, Jay Fugarazzo, and Nick Lee. We have also hired two new lake hosts – Dan Kraft, who has volunteered in the past, and Hayley Mandeville. The paid staff will be at the launches starting Friday, May 28th.

As in the past two years, training for volunteer lake hosts can be done at a GEL boat launch. If anyone is interested in volunteering please call Chris McKay at 603-686-9069 or email him at for more information. Volunteers work two hour shifts on Satur-days and Sundays with a paid lake host.

Last year our lake hosts made 1,463 inspections. From those inspections our lake hosts made two official saves by preventing variable milfoil and pondweed from entering the lake. A third unofficial save was also made by removing a dead specimen of milfoil from a trailer. The New Hampshire Lake Host program had a total of 297 saves statewide, and the Maine Cour-tesy Boat Inspection program had 114 saves. Our continued participation in the Lake Host program is an essential part of keeping Great East free of invasive weeds.

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.