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

  • 2014 Spirit of New Hampshire Volunteer Awards:

    We knew…now the State of New Hampshire knows.  Mirror Lake is the place.  On November 10th, 2014 three of our enormously dedicated folks were recognized for their volunteer contributions in keeping our lake clean and monitored.  Beth Urda, Dick and Nancy Byrd along with the NH Lakes – Lake Host Program were recognized in a gala event held at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH.  Norma Milne of Mirror Lake was the Chairperson of this event and did a fantastic job.  We are all very proud of these folks and thank them for all they do.  What we do today will help keep Mirror Lake special for future generations.

    Youtube Video link:  http://youtu.be/qEeZx7W-DT8












    LtoR – Larry & Beth Urda, Dick & Nancy Byrd











    LtoR, Nancy Byrd, Dick Byrd and Norma Milne

  • 2014 Spirit of New Hampshire Awards – Nancy and Dick Byrd and Beth Urda are being honored for their efforts on behalf of everyone who uses and loves Mirror Lake.:

    The 2014 Spirit of New Hampshire Awards will be held on November 10th, at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH.  Although dinner is not provided, Volunteer NH hosts a pre-event reception in the Governor’s Hall at the Capital Center for the Arts, Main Street in Concord, NH with light appetizers beginning at 5:30, with the awards ceremony running from 7:00PM to 9:00PM to recognize individuals and organizations for their commitment to service and New Hampshire’s tradition of volunteerism.

    Nazzy from WJYY is the Master of Ceremonies, and Miss New Hampshire and Governor Hassan attend to “kick off” the recognition ceremony at 7pm.  Everyone should plan to arrive no later than 6:45 to get to their seats in Chubb Theatre.

    Check out the following website for additional information:  http://www.volunteernh.org/html/events_62.htm

    Nancy and Dick Byrd

    Since 1991, volunteers from the Mirror Lake Protective Association (MLPA) have participated in the University of New Hampshire Lakes Lay Monitoring Program (UNH LLMP).    Nancy and Dick Byrd assumed responsibility for this water sampling program upon their arrival in New Hampshire in 2005.  Water samples from 5 locations in the lake are collected, processed following technical protocols, refrigerated and transported to UNH’s testing laboratory in Concord.  Nancy, a trained biologist, is the ideal volunteer for this program.  Nancy’s efforts on behalf of Mirror Lake were recognized by the Tuftonboro Conservation Commission and she has served on that commission for several years.  Nancy is currently on the Board of Directors of MLPA and Dick recently retired, after 3 years, serving as its Treasurer.  They are also active in other community events.  They are currently the co-presidents of the Lakes Region Newcomers which has a membership of over 200 couples/individuals.

    Beth Urda

    In 2007 Mirror Lake experienced a cyanobacteria outbreak which bacteria are harmful to humans. Excess phosphorus in the lake causes these bacterial outbreaks. It was suspected that one of the possible sources of this phosphorus was runoff of untreated effluent from an adjacent town’s septic spray fields. In order to substantiate this, testing of a tributary from the septic fields, along a 1.7 mile stream to Mirror Lake was required. Beth Urda volunteered to undertake this testing. She met with NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) to select the 5 spots along the tributary to take water samples.  In addition to the work Beth has done on the water sampling, until this year, she was the “point person” for the NH Lakes Lake Host Program. For the past 7 years, she has applied for the grant, hired, trained and supervised both the paid summer staff and the volunteers required to match the grant. She also works with the Loon Preservation Committee to place a raft for nesting on Mirror Lake.  She and her husband clean out the raft in the fall and store it in their garage, annually.  They also repair and rebuild it, as needed.  Last year was the first year, in recorded history, that Mirror Lake’s single loon pair (all that a 321 acre lake can support), belatedly, gave birth to two loon chicks.  This year, the pair found the nest again, figured out how to procreate earlier in the summer which gives the chicks more time to mature and, again, produced two chicks.  Sadly, each year it appears that snapping turtles got one of the chicks but, last year, the second chick survived to fly to the ocean.  This year, we lost a chick, again, but we continue to watch the surviving loon chick grow and thrive.

  • NH Lakes – Lakeside Publication – Summer 2014:

    This is the quarterly publication of New Hampshire Lakes Association.  Great organization with valuable articles and stories to help protect our lakes.   Worth a read.

    Lakeside – Summer 2014

  • Loon Preservation Committee – Summer 2014 Newsletter:

    A great resource of information pertaining to Loons.  With our newly hatched chicks this newsletter may provide you with further understanding on how we can be good neighbors with our Loons.

    Loon Preservation Committee – Summer 2014 Newsletter

  • The Tuftonboro Times:

    Stay in touch with your community, follow The Tuftonboro Times.

    The Tuftonboro Times – Summer 2014

  • Officers & Board Members elected at Annual Meeting:

    Mirror Lake Protective Association held it’s annual meeting on June 21, 2014 at which time Kathy Sciarappa, Chairman of the Nominating Committee presented the slate of Officers and Board Members for consideration.  With no nominations from the floor the slate was unanimously adopted.  Gene Kelley is the newly elected President of the Association.  Val Zanchuk will continue as Vice President, Alison Jones is the new Treasurer and Julie Tryder continues as Secretary.  Dusty Davies was thanked for her valuable service as President and will continue to serve the Association as a Board Member.  Newly elected to the Board is Larry Gil.  Continuing to serve the Association as Board members are Steve Dombroski, Kathy Sciarappa, Ed Pease and Nancy Byrd.

    Special thanks to Dick Byrd for his services as Treasurer, Mary Ann Murray and Donna Cote for their contributions as Board Members.

  • Aquatic Plants of Mirror Lake 2014 – Guide:

    Amy P. Smagula of NHDES has produced a fantastic guide on the Aquatic Plants of Mirror Lake.  This is an easy to read and follow presentation.  Hope everyone takes the time to open or download this valuable asset.  Click image to view Guide.

  • 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




  • 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:


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