Considering that the State of New Hampshire owns and regulates the state’s water bodies but pays just 18% of the milfoil control cost, lake advocacy groups such as Ossipee Lake Alliance are urging the state to increase funding for its matching grant program. Alliance Executive Director Bob Reynolds says towns are becoming overburdened with invasive species control costs.
New Ossipee Lake Alliance survey shows 21 milfoil-infested New Hampshire lakes, ponds, and rivers do not have an ongoing weed control program.
Lakefront property owners, including some who had not filed request for tax abatements, will receive tax relief this year after the Ossipee Board of Selectmen approved more than $123,045 in property tax rebates. According to an exhaustive review of lakefront land assessments on Ossipee Lake, the town will lose $7,916,200 in land value.
More than 60 Ossipee Lake property owners have filed a second lawsuit, alleging that assessed property values “bear no rational relationship to the actual fair market values of the properties…”
Community funds, bake sales, and dive parties are among the grassroots fundraising efforts to keep milfoil in check in State-owned lakes.