Residents and visitors should avoid affected areas that have been posted, and be on the lookout for water that appears to have blue-green flecks.
Lakes across the state face the same issues as Ossipee Lake in providing water access to the public while protecting the environment. In this Laconia Daily Sun article, a reporter tours Lake Winnisquam with a long-time resident to see the challenges first-hand.
The state owns a small boat ramp on White Pond, but Ossipee’s highway department has been repairing it for years, citing the state’s “negligence.” DES says the repairs have degraded the lake water and should not have been performed without a permit. Now it has given the town a deadline to clean things up.