The benefits and strategies of protecting our invaluable water resources, and the very different roles state and local authorities play, will be on the agenda at a free public meeting on June 1.
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.
New Ossipee Lake Alliance survey shows 21 milfoil-infested New Hampshire lakes, ponds, and rivers do not have an ongoing weed control program.
The NH Department of Environmental Services’ Exotic Species Program coordinates the state’s activities to prevent, research, and control invasive plants and other species. It is funded by $7.50 from each boat registered in the state each year, much of which comes back to local towns via grants for weed control and Lake Host inspectors. This report summarizes the broad range of activities conducted by the DES between 2009 and 2012.