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

  • Up Coming Events of Interest:

    Kathy Sciarappa has been busy representing the MLPA and keeping our organization informed of upcoming events that may be of interest:

    Wolfeboro Water Summit 2nd Annual
    May 12 9:00am-12:00pm
    The Great Hall at Wolfeboro Town Hall
    Registration and coffee 8:30am Mid-morning catered food
    Free and open to the public
    Sponsored by: Wentworth Watershed Association


    Lakes Congress 2018
    NH Lakes: The Next 25 Years
    May 31 7:00pm-8:30pm Summer Camps
    June 1 8:00am-2:45pm
    Church Landing at Mills Falls Meredith, NH
    Registration and refreshments 8:00am-8:45am
    Lunch served
    NH Lakes members $55   Non members $70
    Sponsored by: NH Lakes Association
  • MLPA Clothing – 2017:

    This is a fantastic opportunity to support the MLPA and “be stylin” at the same time.  Please download and print the “linked” order form.   A portion of the sales price will go to the MLPA.

    Ginny Cole is coordinating the ordering process and asking that the forms be filled out, a check attached and the forms be delivered to her Mirror Lake home.  If you are out of town and would like to order please contact Ginny via her email for further details.

    Ginny can be reached at:  colefisher@aol.com

    Click link to open pdf and download:   MLPA rev order form 2017

    MLPA Order Form

    MLPA Order Form

  • 2017 Annual Meeting – 9:00am July 22, 2017:

    Reminder to all that the MLPA – Mirror Lake Protective Association will hold it’s annual meeting Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:00am, location: Tuftonboro Town House (On Route 109-A, just west of the Tuftonboro Town Offices, on the right. Parking in back.).

    Please join us for timely updates on projects and up to date conditions effecting Mirror Lake.

    Consider renewing your membership or creating a new membership as an active means of supporting the efforts of keeping Mirror Lake healthy and enjoyable.  Current paid members will also receive the Password to “Members Only” page that houses the electronic minutes of Annual Meetings, Bylaw changes etc.

    See you there!

  • Mirror Lake Pendants!:

    We are pleased to announce that you can now purchase a pendant featuring our own Mirror Lake, as Wearable Jewelry Art.   Designed as part of the New Hampshire Heritage Collection by MJ Harrington Jewelers of Newport, NH, Mirror Lake is included in their New Hampshire Lakes Pendant Collection.  Inspired by the natural beauty, proud traditions and special places that make New Hampshire extraordinary, this local NH jeweler has designed this Heritage Collection.

    We are proud to promote this collection, and encourage our Mirror Lake friends to enjoy wearing a Mirror Lake Pendant.  When you order, please share your stories with MJ Harrington as to why you “Love Your Lake!”    They appreciate your feedback, as they promote this series.

    “click on image to enlarge & click once more when opended”

    Some details:   On the reverse of the pendant is engraved  “Mirror Lake”   You can add additional engraving on the reverse side, and/or have a diamond marker positioned on the front, at the spot on Mirror Lake where you love to spend your time.  See the order form for details and call MJ Harrington with your questions.

    This is a meaningful gift and a way to show your love of Mirror Lake.

    Many thanks to David Lantz, owner of MJ Harrington Jewelers, and Meg Cowan, gemologist, for sharing this with us.

    Order Form: Lake Pendant Info – MJ Harrington

  • Volunteer Lake Assessment Training – Larry Gil, MLPA Board Member:

    I attended the Volunteer Lake Assessment Training session last Saturday 5/20/17.

    I am very glad I went, they had some very interesting and some very disturbing discussions about our lakes.  The most interesting to me was this video posted on YOUTUBE.  Visualizing some of the science that controls the lake is not often done but this video to me certainly does:  YOUTUBE link and video title are provided below


    NALMS Student Video Series #2: Lake Mixing & Stratification

    The disturbing were three lectures:  One of the talks was given by Tiffany Grade, Squam Lake Project Biologist, entitled “Emerging Contaminants in Squam Lake Loons: The Squam Lake Loon Initiative”. Turns out they have been studying loon populations on Squam Lake for 25 years and documented a precipitous decline during the years 2005 -2007.  Thru some excellent detective work and knowledge of the life history of these birds, the decline was quite convincingly traced to the practice of oiling gravel roads to control dust.  .A specific dirt road was found to have high concentrations of  oil contaminated with PCBs and Dioxin which then bioaccumulated in the loons prey and hence the birds.  Applying oil to gravel roads was standard practice for many years and discontinued during the late 70’s to 80’s.
    This same scenario or  explanation might be applicable for other declines in lakes across the state.

    Does anybody have knowledge about the oiling of Lang Pond Rd?

     2nd  New classes of pollutants: the first being perflorinated compounds (PFCs) which are everywhere and in everything,    it’s uses are in flame retardents, as coatings on pizza boxes, the bags used to serve popcorn, clothing  the list goes on and on   linked to changes in puberty, developmental effects cancers etc
    And finally why NHDES has amped up their surveillance of cyanobacteria, (Microcystins are toxins produced by cyanobacteria ),  which are linked to some outbreaks of ALS.
     Click on the following links For more information on these subjects:
     Drinking .Water Source Protection Conference https://agwt.org/civicrm/event/info?id=213&reset=1


    Special thanks to Larry Gil for attending and sharing this information with our members.

  • MLPA attends Wolfeboro Water Summit:

    Saturday May 13, 2017 – MLPA was represented by BOD members Kathy Sciarappa and Larry Gil at the Wolfeboro Water Summit hosted at Wolfeboro’s “The Great Hall” at the town hall.  Excellently organized, well attended, with impressive and knowledgeable speakers.  This was a three hour experience and I kept thinking how ahead of the curve MLPA has been over the past decade but also that there is much more to be done to faithfully execute our management plan developed with the help of Geosyntec.   Attached are the notes I captured at the meeting.   You’ll see these experts reinforce all that we have been talking about for quite some time.


    Wolfeboro Water Summit May 13, 2017

  • Lang Pond Road – Time to Vote Yes on Article 2:

    It is time for Tuftonboro residents to meet and vote at the Tuftonboro Central School, 205 Middle Road, on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 7:30 in the evening to act upon the Town Warrant articles including:

    Article 2: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars ($160,000.00) to repair Lang Pond Road. One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) to come from the Unassigned Fund Balance, and Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000.00) to be raised from taxation.

    The Lang Pond Road article is a critical step in maintaining the water quality of Mirror Lake.  Please reach out to your neighbors that reside in Tuftonboro and ask them to vote favorably on the Lang Pond Road article on March 9th, 7:30pm at the Town Meeting.  Thank you.

    (Majority vote required)

    (Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 3-0 and the Budget Committee 7 – 0)

    The following link is to the entire 2016 Town Warrant.

  • Special Acknowledgement:

    A special thank you to Keith Garrett of Wolfeboro Computer Solutions (603.569.5732) for his professional services in making our website a safer place to visit, now and in the future.  Keith, a resident of Tuftonboro and previously a resident of Mirror Lake jumped in (excuse the pun) and successfully addressed technical issues that had arisen as well as providing long term protection for our site.

    Job well done Keith.

  • Lang Pond Road Update:

    UPDATE & CORRECTION:  Tuftonboro’s Budget Committee unanimously passed, last Tuesday (Jan. 19, 2016), the inclusion of a warrant article in the amount of $150,000 [and according to Tyler Philips, member of the Budget Committee, Selectmen have raised this amount to $160,000] for the improvement to Lang Pond Road. This warrant article allows for this to move forward for a vote March 9th, 2016 at Town Meeting.   

    It is important to note that the Selectmen voted to use $100,000 from undesignated fund balance to offset the amount to be raised by taxes, according to Carolyn Sundquist, member Board of Selectmen.  

    As a brief description this warrant would appropriate $160,000 to improve Lang Pond Road by providing culverts to direct run-off, maintain the road width at no greater than 15 feet, raise the road bed slightly and create swales to move run-off away from the beach and install 200 feet of paving.

    Of significant importance to this matter, Mirror Lake Protective Association has paid $5,000 to apply for necessary permits from the State.

    A public session on the proposed 2016 Tuftonboro Town budget is scheduled for 6:30 pm, Feb. 2nd at the meeting hall.  Please attend and voice your support.  Town Meeting is scheduled for March 9th, 2016 where the warrant articles will be voted on by residents of Tuftonboro.  The Lang Pond Road article is a critical step in maintaining the water quality of Mirror Lake.  Please reach out to your neighbors that reside in Tuftonboro and ask them to vote favorably on the Lang Pond Road article at the March Town Meeting.  Thank you.

    For further details see the attached documents, first is a Memo from Gene Kelley, Pres. MLPA

    President’s Memo


  • Slow the Flow (of phosphorus):
    Our vigilance about phosphorus and cyanobacteria (blue green algae) remains critical to protecting Mirror Lake.  Consequences are being noted in the news on a much larger lake, Lake Champlain:
    The Boston Globe article about blue green algae, beach closures and increased water testing on Lake Champlain (summer 2015)
    The Boston Globe article about property values lowered by the assessor due to detection of blue green algae on Lake Champlain (summer 2015)
Click Here to see an archive of all past news and press.