Freedom — April 15, 2003 — Broad Bay Alliance, an organization formed last year to create public awareness of environmental and land use issues on Broad Bay, has announced its reorganization and expansion to become Ossipee Lake Alliance, the first permanent organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Ossipee Lake, its bays, rivers and surrounding land.
The announcement was made by David Smith, founder and executive director of Broad Bay Alliance, who will head the new organization which will link property owner associations, children’s camps and environmental groups in research, education, volunteer activities and advocacy to address quality of recreation, environmental and land use issues on the lake. The new organization’s website is at www.ossipeelake.org.
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The water quality monitoring program is one of several initiatives the
Volunteers from the lake’s property owner associations will join the children’s camps in implementing the program, which will use observational research methods to document boating conditions, rafting, shoreline erosion and similar phenomena. As part of this effort NHDES will conduct a scientific survey to determine the current physical, chemical and biological condition of the lake system, the first such assessment of
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Spread over 4,000 acres and encompassing a large main lake, three bays, four ponds and 14 tributaries,
“The lake’s size and configuration have resulted in diverse, independent lake communities and associations based on geographic location,” Smith said in announcing the new organization. “Many of these groups have worked independently on lake issues for years. Our goal is to bring them together to create a lake-wide community of interest to preserve the lake as an environmental, recreational and economic resource for future generations.”
The announcement of Ossipee Lake Alliance comes on the first anniversary of its predecessor organization, Broad Bay Alliance, which was formed to bring public attention to long-standing environmental and land use violations at Ossipee Lake Marina. At the initial public hearing on the marina issues last year more than 200 people braved an ice storm and filled Freedom’s Town Hall to oppose the marina’s request for “after the fact” town approval of the violations. The issues raised in the case have moved to state Superior Court where they will be heard later this year.
Broad Bay Alliance also partnered with
The new Ossipee Lake Alliance is a New Hampshire corporation based in Freedom and has applied for 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Its website details its activities and posts volunteer opportunities for members of the community.