Weed Watchers Wanted

WHO? Anyone who is committed to maintaining the pristine conditions of our beautiful lake that is free from invasive weeds, so far.

WHY? Invasive aquatic plants have been a problem in lakes in NH and ME for several decades. Variable milfoil is by far the most widespread. This plant is found in portions of Lake Winnipesaukee and numerous other bodies of water in our area. It takes only a small portion of this plant to take root in our waters. Wildfowl can also spread these invasive plants. Other problematic species include fanwort, hydrilla, water chestnut, Eurasian milfoil and curly- leafed pondweed. Early detection of invasive aquatic plants ensures the most effective control. Once an invader is well established, eradication is extremely difficult and costly, if not impossible.

HOW? By monitoring a portion of the lake (most often the section in front of your shoreline) you can check regularly for an unusual aquatic plant that you have not seen in the past.

WHAT ACTION DO YOU TAKE? If you find something suspicious do not attempt to pull it. That is something an experienced person should do. Collect a representative sample (preferably with seeds or flowers), wrap it in a moist paper towel, seal it in a plastic baggie and refrigerate it. Then contact one of the weed watcher chairpersons as to what to do with it. Be sure to mark the place where you found it because if it is found to be invasive, experts will want to look over the area and remove all suspected plants.

HOW DO YOU SIGN UP? You can contact one of the persons listed below or you can come to out table at the Annual Meeting at Weeks Park in July. We will also be contacting those of you that have signed up in the past to determine if you are interested in continuing as weed watchers.


HOW DO YOU KNOW AN INVASIVE SPECIES?
There are books available which have pictures to help in identification. Many present weed watchers have been trained in identifying the invasive plants. Both NH and ME offer training sessions for new weed watchers. When you sign up we will keep you advised as to training opportunities.

While our Lake Host program at the boat launch has been very effective in ―catching‖ a few plants before they are brought in to the lake, the more eyes we have looking the better chance we have of keeping our lake free of invasive species.

Weed Watcher Chairperson and their contact info
John Bath, send email.

 

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.