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Old 06-04-2018, 10:59 AM   #1
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Default Celebrate Moultonborough's Waters

The Moultonborough Conservation Commission is hosting a morning meeting this coming Saturday, June 9, 9am-11am at the Moultonborough Town Hall for people to learn from the partners and experts the challenges our lakes and ponds are facing and how we, as a community, are caring for them in Moultonborough.

Topics to be covered include what's been done and what is planned for protecting water quality, an update on invasive species, and the lake host program. The DASH unit will be on hand (diver assisted suction harvesting) and there will be kid-friendly exhibits.
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Old 06-05-2018, 06:32 AM   #2
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Default Great event

This should be a great event. Pat Tarpey will be speaking, among others. Pat knows more about the water quality of Lake Winnipesaukee that anyone else I've met. Her work over the last five years has lead research of the sub-watershed basins that flow into the lake, from Gilford clockwise, through Moultonborough and now in Tuftonboro.

The event also caters to kids, with hands on exhibits. As these kids grow up, the challenge of slowing down the aging of the lake will be in their hands, so hopefully a few will find their passion early.

Moultonboro's milfoil committee will also be on hand. These folks know how to get rid of milfoil! They recruit volunteers to report sightings of the invasive aquatic weed and hire third party DASH boats for over 100 days of harvesting per year. Every few days, a large trailer load of milfoil is transported away from the lake, and used for fertilizer.

The only way we will slow down the lake's aging is by encouraging everyone to pitch in. The biggest threat to lake quality is storm water runoff, along the shores and near the feeder streams. Death by a 1000 cuts. Heavy rain storms wash nutrient rich silt into the water, feeding the plants more than would be natural. Too many plants upsets the water quality balance. Reducing water flow during heavy rain storms, through best management practices like water gardens, is the best thing property owners can do. Pat will expand on that theme.

More Government legislation isn't the answer and can't do it all anyway, so it is up to individuals to keep the energy flowing towards water quality issues. Sessions like these give you the high level, a bit down in the weeds (so to speak) and plenty of pointers how to learn more. The lake quality community of volunteers depends on a constant flow of new people.
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