Ossipee — April 17, 2011 — A bill to lower the natural mean high water benchmark for Ossipee Lake was approved by the New Hampshire Senate last week and will take effect in 60 days. The bill, HB278, lowers the benchmark from 410 ft. above sea level to 407.25 ft. The benchmark establishes how much of the lake’s shoreline is owned by the state as part of its ownership of the lake itself.
State Senator Jeb Bradley joined State Representatives McConkey, Merrow and Babson in sponsoring the bill, which was introduced in January and had the support of the Freedom and Ossipee Select Boards, Ossipee Lake Alliance, and the N.H. Lakes Association.
We will have additional information on passage of the bill and its impact in the coming days.