The lake organization says inconsistent and inaccurate statements by the owner have clouded the flooding issue. It wants town officials to publicly establish the level at which flooding occurs at the campground, marina and peninsula, and require an accounting of how often the business has been evacuated in past years due to high water.
The campground’s cavalier treatment of the facts about flooding on Ossipee Lake should have officials on high alert.
Citing the need to protect surface water and the area’s aquifer, the Commission says the scope of the campground proposal makes it a regional issue, not just a matter for Ossipee planners. Meanwhile, questions continue about claims made to town officials by the campground’s engineering consultants.
The results of a May meeting will signal whether DRED can keep its coalition of state and local stakeholders working together as state funds dwindle and trespassing and vandalism increase at Ossipee Lake Natural Area.
The New Hampshire Lakes Association plans to promote a bill that will require boaters to clean and drain their vessel and trailer before entering a state lake and again when leaving it. The group believes the law can help limit the spread of variable milfoil and keep other invasives like zebra mussels from finding their way to state waters.