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  • 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.

  • 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

    WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO LANG POND ROAD

  • 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)
  • Loon Preservation Committee – Moultonborough, NH:

    For your information we are posting the Loon Preservation Committee’s brochure and notice of 40th Anniversary Benefit Raffle.  Drawing to be held November 28th, 2015.  If interested please contact Loon Preservation Committee for details.

    Loon Preservation Committee Brochure

  • Invitation to join Mirror Lake Weedwatchers:

    Mirror Lake Weedwatchers will be back on the lake this month! I am recruiting new members to join us – the more paddlers, the better for all. The commitment is only once a month, covering a section of the lake. I will train you! Easy! Please send me an e-mail with your interest to: insuragy@gmail.com and I will set up a visit with you. Look for details on a “Weedwatcher Party” in late June/early July. Details to be posted after our annual MLPA meeting. Hope to see you there on June 20th.

  • MLPA Annual Meeting – June 20th, 2015 – 9:00 am:

    The Mirror Lake Protective Association will hold it’s annual meeting on Saturday morning, June 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM.  The meeting location is the Tuftonboro Town House (same location as last year’s).  President Gene Kelley will welcome all in attendance and provide updates on recent activities of the MLPA.  Committee Reports will be offered as well.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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. 

    HEARING LOCATION: 

    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: 

    http://youtu.be/X9Lvj-30cT4

  • 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

  • “Septic Sense Workshop” August 14th, Wolfeboro Public Library:

    Due to popular response, LWWA will be co-hosting another ‘Septic Sense’ workshop.

    How septic systems work, their limitations and eventual replacement, especially in sensitive waterfront locations, are among the topics to be discussed in a free evening workshop titled ‘SEPTIC SENSE’, Tuesday, August 14, at the Wolfeboro Public Library.

    “Anyone who buys, owns or sells homes on septic systems will not want to miss this important and informative event,” said Randy Hilman, REALTOR® spokesperson for Maxfield Real Estate, Inc, which is jointly sponsoring the free public forum with the Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed and Granite State Designers and Installers associations.  “Good water quality is the economic life blood of the Lakes Region and it has an enormous impact on human health.  Everyone must do their part to safeguard our streams, ponds and lakes against pollution”.

    Attendees can expect to take home useful information on maintenance and extension of system life, signs of system failure, and who to contact for consultation, design and installation when system replacement becomes necessary, Hilman said.  A special slide presentation of difficult site installations will showcase the many different septic system technologies available to homeowners today.

    The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. including a question and answer session from the audience.  The forum is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested if at all possible. Please call Pat Tarpey, Executive Director of the LWWA, at 603- 581-6632 to register or for more information.

    Patricia Tarpey
    Executive Director
    Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association
    P.O. Box 1624
    Meredith, NH  03253
    (603) 581-6632
    
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  • MLPA actions recognized – “Hartford Courant”:

    In a recent July 12, 2012 issue of the “Hartford Courant”, Professor Robert Thorson recognized the positive activities of both the NHDES and MLPA.

    Professor Thorson, a Mirror Lake summer visitor, suggested that the State of Connecticut follow the lead of the proactive actions of both NHDES and MLPA.

    Our efforts continue to enhance the quality of our beautiful lake as well as our quality of life.  Thank you Professor Thorson for the acknowledgement, although the reference to “aging population” still stings a little.

    Click on link below to read the article.

    State (of Connecticut) All Wet On Lake Protection Efforts

  • MLPA Education Committee:

    The MLPA Education Committee made the following presentation at the Annual Meeting held on June 30th, 2012. Chairperson Kathy Sciarappa, with assistance from Norma Milne, prepared and delivered the PowerPoint presentation as the closing speaker.

    Please take a few moments and view the slide show in PDF format.  This is a prime example of the quality of information that the MLPA provides it’s members and the general public.

    Great job Kathy.

    MLPA Ed Committee report June 2012

  • Mirror Lake – Lang Pond Road Beach – e-coli hazard has passed!:
    I have been advised that the test results were  less than 2 which means:
    The “<2” means less than 2 colonies of E. coli per 100 ml of water. The state standard is 88 colonies of E. coli per 100 ml of water. If it is above 88 colonies of E. coli per 100 ml of water, that is when we start issuing advisories.

    The advisory has been lifted and the Code Officer has been asked to remove the sign.
    Enjoy your weekend!  Dusty Davies, President, MLPA
  • Lang Pond Road Beach – NHDES links & Response:
    As a follow up to some questions received, the following is the email response from Sonya Carlson of NHDES.
    Hi Dusty,
    The Center For Disease Control information is http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/
    There is no reason to think that the entire lake is contaminated.  While there is no way to be sure without testing every single location in a lake, the beach is the most likely place for bacteria to be.
    The dogs are usually not effected by this type of bacteria.
    It is only a problem if you drink the water.  Canoeing or kayaking is fine.
    Sonya Carlson, NHDES Beach Program Coordinator
  • Lang Pond Road Beach, high levels of e-coli. To be retested today!:

    MLPA has been notified by NH DES that water sampling on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Lang Pond Road Beach showed high levels of e-coli.  NHDES advised the Tuftonboro Code Officer and he will be posting a yellow “beach hazard” sign.  The beach is tested for e-coli three times a year and this is the first out break since 2002.  Sonya Carlson, NH DES Beach Advirosy said that this can come from one swimmer, multiple users, ducks, and a variety of different causes.  I have notified Dave Ford in Wolfeboro.  I have also authorized the expense ($40.00) to have the beach retested today.  I will have the results tomorrow and will keep you advised.  If you are aware of anyone who may use the beach and may not be the recipient of this notice, please advise them.  Thank you.  Dusty Davies, President, MLPA

  • A Tribute Event in Honor of Jody Connor, Former DES Limnology Center Director:

    In Honor of a Special Friend to Mirror Lake

    A message from NHDES:  

    Please join us in honoring the memory of friend, mentor, colleague and former Department of Environmental Services (DES) Limnology Center Director, Jody Connor.  Jody passed away in June 2011, and in his honor we will be holding a memorial event and tribute to the man and his career in state service.

    During the event the Governor has been invited to make some remarks about Jody’s contributions to the state throughout his career as the State’s Limnology Center Director.  DES’ Commissioner Tom Burack will talk about Jody’s role in shaping the lakes programs and how his work has impacted watersheds and water resources, and the people tied to them, across the state.  Robert Varney, former DES Commissioner and EPA Region 1 Director, will talk about the early days working with Jody. 

    Following the remarks, we will be unveiling a plaque that will be placed outside of the DES Limnology Center, which has been dedicated in Jody’s name.

    Date:  Monday July 30, 2012

    Time:  11am to 12pm

    Where:  NH Department of Environmental Services Lobby, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH

    DES staff will also be preparing a slideshow that will be on display at the event.  We welcome brief remembrances, anecdotes, photographs or other items that you would like to submit.  Please forward any such items to Jim Martin of the DES Public Information Center at james.martin@des.nh.gov.

    There is no need to RSVP, and we hope you will be able to join us at this memorial event.  Please share this with others who may like to attend.

    Sincerely,

    Amy Smagula

  • A Proud member of the Mirror Lake community!:
    A great way to show the pride you take in our beautiful lake is wear it on your sleeve. Literally. The MLPA is now offering a great line of new, modern Mirror Lake apparel.  We’ve gone beyond the prior style to now have tee shirts, polo shirts, fleece wear, caps, and tote bags with a new, beautifully embroidered  Mirror Lake logo.   I’ve attached an order form and sizing grid. Please feel free to pass this information along to others who may be interested in these items.  See the samples on the attached order form.
    Here are some details on ordering your apparel:
    When is my order form due:

    All orders are to be postmarked by 07-27-2012. Select your items, calculate your total due, and send the completed form with your check, payable to MLPA, to the address shown on the order blank. No credit card or cash payments will be accepted.   Questions can be sent to:   normamm@comcast.net or by calling 603-226-3712.

    What about sizing? Refer to the charts provided in the attachement.

    What about additional color sections? Our color selections were made to coordinate and compliment the Mirror Lake Loon and Lake logo.

    When and how will I receive my order?

    For those who select shipping, we expect that shipments will be made by the middle of August, depending upon production.

    You have two delivery options: USPS shipping or, if you reside in Tuftonboro or Wolfeboro, we will contact you to arrange pick up or delivery.  So please give us your preferred method of contact on the bottom of the form.

    Will additional items be available?

    Based on demand and your input,  we hope to add more items in 2012/2013.  Please provide us with your comments and suggestions on the bottom of your order form, or e-mail them to either:    kathleensciarappa@gmail.com or  normamm@comcast.net. We want to hear what is most important to our Mirror Lake friends and neighbors!

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  • Granite State News – Our Town:

    In the June 21st, 2012 edition of the Granite State News is a wonderful article discussing the steps being undertaken to protect the waters of Mirror Lake.  Dusty Davies has worked diligently to bring state and local government bodies together in a common mindset, that of protecting the waters of the Mirror Lake Watershed.  The MLPA volunteers have selflessly given of their time and shown that with dedicated effort a local gem can be protected.

    A special thanks to Elissa Paquette who wrote the article and Tom Beeler, Editor for sharing the article with the MLPA.

    Granite State News – Our Town

  • Mirror Lake Watershed Management Plan (WMP):
    The Mirror Lake Watershed Management Plan (WMP) is a comprehensive diagnostic study of Mirror Lake’s watershed and analysis of the quality of Mirror Lake.  It provides projections of future conditions of the lake as well as an on-going remediation program to ensure Mirror Lake’s long term water quality.  The WMP was funded, in 2010, by a Section 319 Federal Clean Water Act Grant administered through New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the Tuftonboro Conservation Commission and Mirror Lake stakeholders.  In 2012, the Mirror Lake Protective Association received a second grant to implement many of the remediation projects recommended in the WMP.  Although we encourage you to read the WMP in its entirely, there is a three page summary in the front, to help you get started.
  • Winter Fun on Mirror Lake:

    Ice fishing can be an educational experience.

    BY ELISSA PAQUETTE

    Staff Writer, Granite State News

    TUFTONBORO — Tuftonboro resident and Alton Central School 4th grade teacher Paul Thornton has been taking students out onto Mirror Lake for ice-fishing for 10 years.

    Around 30 parents and volunteers joined the nearly 50 excited children for this year’s excursion on Feb. 16.

    The sun warmed their backs as they carved out holes in the ice with augers and set up their gear. Ice-fishing is a waiting game, so students came prepared with large plastic balls to throw and kick to each other in impromptu games on the open expanse.

    Thornton set up a grill and lined it with hot dogs and sausages allowing space along the side for toasting the rolls. Adults and children munched carrot sticks and doused their dogs with mustard, ketchup and relish as they kept watch over the holes scattered across the lake.

    NH Fish and Game employee and Let’s Go Fishing coordinator Hope Eagleson was on hand to take in the catch of perch and pickerel and pack it tightly in plastic bags to bring back to headquarters in Concord to cook for visitors to the Hazen Drive location on Discover Wild NH Day, a free event filled family day scheduled for Saturday, April 21.

    Thornton, also a Let’s Go Fishing volunteer for NH Fish and Game, says his students have better luck in the Mirror Lake location than others they’ve tried in the past, so once they switched they’ve stayed with it. It’s hard to keep students interested if they don’t catch fish. The spot also has space on shore for cars and the necessary port-a-potties.

    He’s retiring from teaching at the end of the school year, so it remains to be seen who will carry on the tradition.

    The catch at the end of the day totaled 24 perch and pickerel, some of which were the first ever for the young fishermen.

    Article appeared in the Granite State News on February 23, 2012.  Special thanks to Salmon Press, Granite State News and Ms. Elissa Paquette, Staff Writer for the article and pictures.

    Special Note:  Paul Thornton actively serves on the Board of Directors for the Mirror Lake Estates Association and is an avid fisherman on Mirror Lake. His involvement in our community and support in keeping Mirror Lake healthy is greatly appreciated.

  • The following appeared in the November 3, 2011 issue of The Granite State News:
    Watershed presentation
    At a staff meeting on Oct. 25, Dusty Davies, president of the Mirror Lake Protective Association, gave a power point presentation to Chip Maxfield and agents from Maxfield Real Estate, describing the actions the Association has taken and is continuing to take in the Mirror Lake watershed. These efforts, many of them by property owner volunteers, are to ensure the lake’s long-term water quality.


    Tina Maxfield, co owner of Maxfield Real Estate stated in her thank you email to MLPA: “Wonderful job again-lots of positive feedback from the agents.  They are so well informed now-and will eagerly discuss the MLPA  and the lake with anyone-what a wonderful lake you have and such involved residents-truly great selling points!  Tina”

  • NHEE 2012 Conference:

    The NH Environmental Educators 2012 conference is scheduled for 3-14-2012 and the theme is “Meeting Standards with Citizen Science:     Engaging Students and the Public through Data Collection”. If you have done any work involving local schools with monitoring activities, please consider submitting a proposal for a presentation or poster at the conference. If you have additional questions, please contact Alicia Carlson at Alicia.carlson@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-4071. To submit a proposal for a workshop or poster session, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NHEE2012 and complete the form by December 1, 2011.

  • Mirror Lake receives Clean Water Act Grant:

    Good news!  MLPA has been selected to receive  another Section 319 Clean Water Act grant from NH DES.  Read the excerpt from the Granite State News below and see if a storm water improvement project is coming to your neighborhood!  Dusty Davies, President, MLPA

    DES Grant MLPA October 20, 2011

  • Granite State News – October 2011:

    Below is a link to excerpts from the October 6th & 13th issues of The Granite State News regarding MLPA’s efforts to address the runoff issues on Lang Pond Road into Mirror Lake.  You will recall that this was identified as a high priority (i.e. high source of phosphorus runoff into the lake) in the Watershed Management Plan.  If you have not yet seen the presentation of that Plan click the TV below .  Dusty Davies, President.

    MLPA Watershed Management Plan moves forward

  • Mirror Lake Watershed Management Plan Unveiled:

    (click TV to view)

  • Notice of Public Meeting – Mirror Lake Water Quality Report:

    WOLFEBORO, NH — On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., in the Kingswood Arts Center, a report on the quality of Mirror Lake’s water will be presented to the public by Geosyntec Consultants, environmental advisors from Acton, Mass., and the Mirror Lake Protective Association (MLPA).  This report is the result of extensive data collection and analysis of Mirror Lake and its watershed.  The study of Mirror Lake’s water quality was triggered by the press releases, beach advisory, and lake- wide warnings issued by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Resources (DES) when toxic cyanobacteria blooms were discovered in Mirror Lake in August 2007 and 2008.  The warnings advised lake users to avoid the toxic blooms which can cause both acute and chronic health effects.  In a 2005 Administrative Order issued by DES, Wolfeboro was ordered not to allow expansion to its sewer collection system if it would increase the volume of waste water flow into its waste water treatment facility. Among the reasons was “the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen that is discharged into Mirror Lake”.  Alarmed, MLPA sought funding for a study and was the recipient of a $65,000 grant for a $108,000 project to identify the sources of the excess phosphorus causing cyanobacteria blooms in Mirror Lake and recommend remediation efforts. 

    Highlights of the evening’s presentation will include the identification of the sources and amount of excess phosphorus in Mirror Lake based on comprehensive watershed and water quality data collected by Geosyntec, DES, the University of New Hampshire and Mirror Lake residents, as analyzed and reported on by Geosyntec and DES.    Future Mirror Lake watershed management planning and the costs thereof will be included.

    The public is invited.  The remediation information to be provided is applicable to all residents in the lakes region as everyone lives in a watershed and each of us has an impact on the quality of New Hampshire’s lakes, ponds and streams.  Please join us and learn what you can do to preserve the quality of the lakes and rivers in the Wolfeboro area.  Simple protective measures make a substantial difference.  More information about Mirror Lake and the Association is available at www.mirrorlakenh.org.

    Funding for the Mirror Lake Watershed Management Plan was provided in part from DES, through the Clean Water Act Section 319 Grant Program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Tuftonboro Conservation Commission and the Mirror Lake Watershed Management Plan stakeholders.

  • June 9, 2011:

    Tuftonboro, NH —  The 2011 Annual Meeting for the Mirror Lake Protective Association is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2011, at 9:00am at the Tuftonboro Town House which is located at 247 Middle Road in Tuftonboro, NH. Click the link below for the Notice of Annual Meeting from the MLPA Board of Directors

  • October 4, 2010:

    Tuftonboro, NH — A special meeting of the Mirror Lake Protective Association is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2010, at 9:00am at the Tuftonboro Town House which is located at 247 Middle Road in Tuftonboro, NH. Geosyntec Associates, the environmental consulting firm hired by MLPA with funds from the EPA/NH DES grant, will give a preliminary report on the results of the MLPA’s efforts this summer.

  • June 22, 2010:

    Tuftonboro, NH — The 2010 Annual Meeting for the Mirror Lake Protective Association is scheduled for Saturday, June 26, 2010, at the Tuftonboro Town House which is located at 247 Middle Road in Tuftonboro, NH. Click the link below for the Notice of Annual Meeting from the Board of Directors..

  • June 4, 2010:

    MLPA Members Approve Receipt of $65,000 NH DES Grant. Click Here to read more.

  • April 29, 2010:

    Mirror Lake, NH — A Special Meeting for the Mirror Lake Protective Association has been scheduled for Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 9:00am at the Mirror Lake Community Church. Click the links below for a copy of a letter from MLPA President Dusty Davies which outlines the purpose of the Special Meeting as well as a Proxy Statement for members who may not be able to attend the Special Meeting.

Articles

Please feel free to browse and download files from our archive of recent and old news articles related to Mirror Lake and the MLPA.
  • 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

    WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO LANG POND ROAD

  • 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)
  • Loon Preservation Committee – Moultonborough, NH:

    For your information we are posting the Loon Preservation Committee’s brochure and notice of 40th Anniversary Benefit Raffle.  Drawing to be held November 28th, 2015.  If interested please contact Loon Preservation Committee for details.

    Loon Preservation Committee Brochure

  • Invitation to join Mirror Lake Weedwatchers:

    Mirror Lake Weedwatchers will be back on the lake this month! I am recruiting new members to join us – the more paddlers, the better for all. The commitment is only once a month, covering a section of the lake. I will train you! Easy! Please send me an e-mail with your interest to: insuragy@gmail.com and I will set up a visit with you. Look for details on a “Weedwatcher Party” in late June/early July. Details to be posted after our annual MLPA meeting. Hope to see you there on June 20th.

  • MLPA Annual Meeting – June 20th, 2015 – 9:00 am:

    The Mirror Lake Protective Association will hold it’s annual meeting on Saturday morning, June 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM.  The meeting location is the Tuftonboro Town House (same location as last year’s).  President Gene Kelley will welcome all in attendance and provide updates on recent activities of the MLPA.  Committee Reports will be offered as well.

  • 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

  • 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:

    LowImpactLandscaping_MirrorLakeweb

  • 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. 

    HEARING LOCATION: 

    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: 

    http://youtu.be/X9Lvj-30cT4

  • 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

  • “Septic Sense Workshop” August 14th, Wolfeboro Public Library:

    Due to popular response, LWWA will be co-hosting another ‘Septic Sense’ workshop.

    How septic systems work, their limitations and eventual replacement, especially in sensitive waterfront locations, are among the topics to be discussed in a free evening workshop titled ‘SEPTIC SENSE’, Tuesday, August 14, at the Wolfeboro Public Library.

    “Anyone who buys, owns or sells homes on septic systems will not want to miss this important and informative event,” said Randy Hilman, REALTOR® spokesperson for Maxfield Real Estate, Inc, which is jointly sponsoring the free public forum with the Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed and Granite State Designers and Installers associations.  “Good water quality is the economic life blood of the Lakes Region and it has an enormous impact on human health.  Everyone must do their part to safeguard our streams, ponds and lakes against pollution”.

    Attendees can expect to take home useful information on maintenance and extension of system life, signs of system failure, and who to contact for consultation, design and installation when system replacement becomes necessary, Hilman said.  A special slide presentation of difficult site installations will showcase the many different septic system technologies available to homeowners today.

    The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. including a question and answer session from the audience.  The forum is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested if at all possible. Please call Pat Tarpey, Executive Director of the LWWA, at 603- 581-6632 to register or for more information.

    Patricia Tarpey
    Executive Director
    Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association
    P.O. Box 1624
    Meredith, NH  03253
    (603) 581-6632
    
    http://www.winnipesaukee.org
    http://www.winnipesaukeegateway.org
  • MLPA moving forward on Mirror Lake WMP (Watershed Management Plan):

    On Saturday July 14, 2012 a careful search was conducted at 15 properties on Mirror Lake in an effort to find exemplary spots for rain gardens and water management sites. Surprisingly, large trees with roots, the location of septic systems, wells and other structures, inhibited the search. We found plenty of those! Dusty Davies, Kathy Sciarappa, and an engineer from Geosyntec met with road agents, both formal and informal, and other interested Mirror Lake residents on Mirror Lake Drive, Route 109, Church Lane, Acorn Way, Oak Hill Drive, Chipmunk Lane and Museum Shores. The information, photos and comments from all are being thoroughly considered before final sites are selected.

    See Our Photo Gallery for some great photos of the project in process on our FaceBook Page….photos by Kathy Sciarappa

  • MLPA Education Committee:

    The MLPA Education Committee made the following presentation at the Annual Meeting held on June 30th, 2012. Chairperson Kathy Sciarappa, with assistance from Norma Milne, prepared and delivered the PowerPoint presentation as the closing speaker.

    Please take a few moments and view the slide show in PDF format.  This is a prime example of the quality of information that the MLPA provides it’s members and the general public.

    Great job Kathy.

    MLPA Ed Committee report June 2012

  • Mirror Lake – Lang Pond Road Beach – e-coli hazard has passed!:
    I have been advised that the test results were  less than 2 which means:
    The “<2” means less than 2 colonies of E. coli per 100 ml of water. The state standard is 88 colonies of E. coli per 100 ml of water. If it is above 88 colonies of E. coli per 100 ml of water, that is when we start issuing advisories.

    The advisory has been lifted and the Code Officer has been asked to remove the sign.
    Enjoy your weekend!  Dusty Davies, President, MLPA
  • Lang Pond Road Beach – NHDES links & Response:
    As a follow up to some questions received, the following is the email response from Sonya Carlson of NHDES.
    Hi Dusty,
    The Center For Disease Control information is http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/
    There is no reason to think that the entire lake is contaminated.  While there is no way to be sure without testing every single location in a lake, the beach is the most likely place for bacteria to be.
    The dogs are usually not effected by this type of bacteria.
    It is only a problem if you drink the water.  Canoeing or kayaking is fine.
    Sonya Carlson, NHDES Beach Program Coordinator
  • Lang Pond Road Beach, high levels of e-coli. To be retested today!:

    MLPA has been notified by NH DES that water sampling on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Lang Pond Road Beach showed high levels of e-coli.  NHDES advised the Tuftonboro Code Officer and he will be posting a yellow “beach hazard” sign.  The beach is tested for e-coli three times a year and this is the first out break since 2002.  Sonya Carlson, NH DES Beach Advirosy said that this can come from one swimmer, multiple users, ducks, and a variety of different causes.  I have notified Dave Ford in Wolfeboro.  I have also authorized the expense ($40.00) to have the beach retested today.  I will have the results tomorrow and will keep you advised.  If you are aware of anyone who may use the beach and may not be the recipient of this notice, please advise them.  Thank you.  Dusty Davies, President, MLPA

  • A Tribute Event in Honor of Jody Connor, Former DES Limnology Center Director:

    In Honor of a Special Friend to Mirror Lake

    A message from NHDES:  

    Please join us in honoring the memory of friend, mentor, colleague and former Department of Environmental Services (DES) Limnology Center Director, Jody Connor.  Jody passed away in June 2011, and in his honor we will be holding a memorial event and tribute to the man and his career in state service.

    During the event the Governor has been invited to make some remarks about Jody’s contributions to the state throughout his career as the State’s Limnology Center Director.  DES’ Commissioner Tom Burack will talk about Jody’s role in shaping the lakes programs and how his work has impacted watersheds and water resources, and the people tied to them, across the state.  Robert Varney, former DES Commissioner and EPA Region 1 Director, will talk about the early days working with Jody. 

    Following the remarks, we will be unveiling a plaque that will be placed outside of the DES Limnology Center, which has been dedicated in Jody’s name.

    Date:  Monday July 30, 2012

    Time:  11am to 12pm

    Where:  NH Department of Environmental Services Lobby, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH

    DES staff will also be preparing a slideshow that will be on display at the event.  We welcome brief remembrances, anecdotes, photographs or other items that you would like to submit.  Please forward any such items to Jim Martin of the DES Public Information Center at james.martin@des.nh.gov.

    There is no need to RSVP, and we hope you will be able to join us at this memorial event.  Please share this with others who may like to attend.

    Sincerely,

    Amy Smagula

  • Granite State News – Our Town:

    In the June 21st, 2012 edition of the Granite State News is a wonderful article discussing the steps being undertaken to protect the waters of Mirror Lake.  Dusty Davies has worked diligently to bring state and local government bodies together in a common mindset, that of protecting the waters of the Mirror Lake Watershed.  The MLPA volunteers have selflessly given of their time and shown that with dedicated effort a local gem can be protected.

    A special thanks to Elissa Paquette who wrote the article and Tom Beeler, Editor for sharing the article with the MLPA.

    Granite State News – Our Town

  • Mirror Lake Watershed Management Plan (WMP):
    The Mirror Lake Watershed Management Plan (WMP) is a comprehensive diagnostic study of Mirror Lake’s watershed and analysis of the quality of Mirror Lake.  It provides projections of future conditions of the lake as well as an on-going remediation program to ensure Mirror Lake’s long term water quality.  The WMP was funded, in 2010, by a Section 319 Federal Clean Water Act Grant administered through New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the Tuftonboro Conservation Commission and Mirror Lake stakeholders.  In 2012, the Mirror Lake Protective Association received a second grant to implement many of the remediation projects recommended in the WMP.  Although we encourage you to read the WMP in its entirely, there is a three page summary in the front, to help you get started.
  • 2012 NH Water & Watershed Conference – Call For Abstracts:

    Abstracts sought for oral presentations and
    student posters – Abstract Deadline: December 15, 2011
    For More Information:
    https://www.plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/2012-nh-water-watershed-conference/