This is the first in a series of profiles of NH LAKES members who are investing their time and treasure in our future.
Joe left) testing the clarity of Lake Sunapee
“I have always been a lake person; I’ve had a boat since I was 12.”
Joe and his wife bought their home on Lake Sunapee in 1965 and shortly thereafter they became involved with the work of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association (LSPA). By 1992, Joe was serving as the president of LSPA when a group of individuals started formulating the idea of a statewide voice for the lakes of New Hampshire. “It was crazy,” Joe said recently. “The three towns around this lake all had different shorefront regulations. It was like a patchwork quilt of guidelines that didn’t make any sense.”
The New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) founders were motivated by a need for statewide shorefront protection regulations along with two other key issues: jet skis and dramatic cuts to the Marine Patrol budget. NH LAKES first (unofficial) executive director was Paul Grevstad, who was then serving as the LSPA executive director who, thanks to Joe, was “loaned” to the effort.
When asked why he’s still so directly involved with NH LAKES, Joe says “Because we are quite successful at what we have done and what we are doing.” Joe points to recent national award given to NH LAKES Lake Host program and the success this program has had preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.
“NH LAKES deserves much more recognition for their efforts. Everyone with lakefront property in New Hampshire should be a member of this organization. NH LAKES is why you can go out into the middle of most lakes and see the bottom and the water quality is good enough to support nesting pairs of loons. We owe all of this to the statewide voice that NH LAKES offers.”
“NH LAKES provides the highest service and the best collaborative efforts between state agencies and local partners.”