What is the MLPA?

The Mirror Lake Protective Association ("MLPA") is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 that works to maintain the environmental quality of Mirror Lake and its watershed, a 378-acre lake located in the towns of Wolfeboro and Tuftonboro in Carroll County, New Hampshire.

Recent MLPA News

  • Bald Eagle For Sure:

    If there had been any doubt regarding our feather friend, it’s been settled.  A big thanks to Mirror Lake’s “official” photographer, WedgePhotoworks©

    “This guy/gal (mom or dad) is definitely more camera shy than the other two. I was at least 100 yards away and only had about a minute or so before it was gone.

    Not really “in my range” but better than nothing…!”  Ed




  • Weed Watchers – Aquatic Plant Life Mirror Lake:

    Aquatic Plant Field Guide-Mirror Lake_2011

  • Mirror Lake Baby Loon Pictures:

    A very special thanks to WedgePhotoWorks© for providing us these wonderful shots of our new arrival on Mirror Lake.  The Powerpoint Show was made courtesy of and with permission to use by WedgePhotoWorks.

    Click picture of the loon to view slideshow of the new arrival.


  • Low Impact Landscaping for Homeowners:

    This slide presentation provides homeowners with an overview of “low impact development” (LID) storm water management practices and gives a step-by step guide to building rain gardens, “bioretention cells”, porous pavers, rain barrels, and other LID landscaping techniques that use native shrubs, annuals and perennial flowers.

    Click link to right for slides:


  • Young Eagle on Mirror Lake:

    A special thanks to a MLPA member for sharing these fantastic shots of an immature Eagle that calls Mirror Lake home.  The photos are protected by Copyright 2013 WEDGEphoto and have been shared with us for publishing on the web site.






  • The Frightful Fourteen:

    14 exotic aquatic plants are prohibited in New Hampshire due to their abilities to choke surface waters, harm native vegetation and wildlife, impact recreation, and lower property values.

    These exotic aquatic plant species are regulated in New Hampshire – and you can help to prevent their spread.

    According to NHDES there are 9 different exotic aquatic plants already in some of NH’s waters and DES wants everyone’s help in keeping out the additional 5 species.  Please follow the link to DES’s brochure (pdf) for more details.

  • Notice of Free Workshop – details on “Programs” page:

    The issue:  Prevent the risk of cyanobacteria blooms in Mirror Lake by reducing the level of phosphorus.

    How?  Slow the flow of storm water run-off which carries phosphorus loaded sediment into Mirror Lake.

    What?  A free workshop to teach participants ways to beautify their property while protecting Mirror Lake’s water quality.

    When?  Saturday, July 20th, 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Mirror Lake Community Church  (where Tuftonboro Neck Road intersects Governor Wentworth Highway – Route 109 north).

  • NH Lakes Advocacy Alert:

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    NH LAKES Advocacy Alert!

    February 16, 2013

    Dear Dusty, 
    We need your help on Wednesday, February 20th, to protect NH’s loons!

    The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) and NH LAKES are working together in support of Senate Bill 89, which would protect our state’s loon population by increasing existing restrictions on the use and sale of toxic lead fishing sinkers and jigs weighing one ounce or less - still the largest known cause of New Hampshire adult loon mortality. A downloadable summary of why this legislation is needed to protect loons is available from this link.

    Please join us in Concord to show your support for this important bill!

    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold its hearing on SB 89 on

    February 20, 2013, at 9:15 a.m. 

    We need to fill the hearing room to make sure our support for SB 89 is clear to committee members.  Please arrive by 8:00 a.m. (or as early as possible)to get a seat and sign your name in support of the bill. You don’t need to speak unless you want to.

    As you may recall, similar legislation was defeated last year by well-organized anglers who traveled to Concord to make sure they could keep using their toxic lead jigs. We had a tremendous show of support from our members and volunteers last year for the legislation, and we thank everyone who came or contacted legislators for their support. However, we need to do even better this year. 


    Room 101, Legislative Office Building, 33 North State Street, Concord, NH 03301

    If you can’t make it to the hearing,

    and even if you can…

    Please contact the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee before the hearing and ask them to pass SB 89. The allotted time for the hearing on the bill is short; your phone calls and written comments will ensure that your voice is heard by committee members even if you don’t speak on Wednesday.

    Committee Members:

    Loons do not reproduce until their sixth year of life or later, and loon pairs have an average of only one surviving chick every two years in New Hampshire. Therefore, survival of adult loons is the most important factor in assuring the continued viability of our state’s loon population. Unfortunately, New Hampshire lost 124 adult loons to ingested lead sinkers and jigs between 1989 and 2011. These deaths have had a large negative impact on our state’s small loon population.

    Please help us pass SB 89 and its critical protections for our state’s loons! If you have any questions, or would like to let us know you’ll be joining us on Wednesday, February 20, please contact LPC’s legislative coordinator, Sheridan Brown, at 603-230-2473 or email by clicking here.

    Together, we can protect our loons from toxic lead fishing tackle. Thank you for your past and continued support!

    If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me attobrien@nhlakes.org or (603) 226-0299.

    On behalf of the New Hampshire Lakes Association,

    Tom O’Brien

    President and Policy Advocate

  • “Slow the Flow of Phosphorus to the lake!”:

    During the summer of 2012 as part of a Section 319 Clean Water Act Grant, Dusty Davies, Pres. of the MLPA, working closely with Kathy Sciarappa, a Board Member of the MLPA and Chairperson of the MLPA Education Committee,  assembled a team of professionals and watershed stakeholders to design and build ten Rain Gardens & Stormwater Improvement Projects. The intended impact of these projects is to “Slow the Flow of Phosphorus to the lake!”  The video shows four of the ten sites.

    The following video is available on Youtube in both high resolution and a mobile version.

    Mobile version:

     High Resolution version: 


  • August 7th – Mirror Lake – Landscaping by the Water’s Edge:

    A twilight workshop will be held on August 7th, 6:30pm at the Moultonborough Safety Building. This workshop which is free and open to the public will provide property owners with information on investigation of water drainage, zone planting, landscape design process, site prep, environmentally friendly lawn care and more.

    The program will feature UNH Cooperative Extension’s publication “Landscaping by the Water’s Edge: An ecological approach”, with co-author Cathy Neal presenting.

    The workshop is being sponsored by Belknap County Conservation District, Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association, Lakes Region Planning Commission, with grant funding through the 319 Program provided by NH DES.

    Pre-registration is appreciated. Click here for more information: http://www.winnipesaukee.org/event-calendar.htm

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