ARTICLE, VIDEO, & WEBINAR LIBRARY
Welcome to the NH LAKES article, video, and webinar library. We hope these resources contributed by our staff and guests over the years will answer your questions and provide you with useful information.
Please share these with your friends, neighbors, local lake associations, and conservation groups—anyone you know who loves or cares for a lake. You are welcome to republish articles in your newsletter or magazine, we just ask that you include the following information: This article was originally published by NH LAKES.
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Lakes in Spring
Lakes in Summer
Lakes in Autumn
Lakes in Winter
How do Lakes Freeze?
Is the Ice Safe Yet?
Extraordinary Winter Lake Phenomena
What do the Frogs, Fish, and Turtles do in Winter?
Where do Loons go in Winter?
Is it Safe to Swim in the Lake?
What is that Blue-Green Paint Stuff in the Lake?
Little Fuzzy Green Balls in the Lake?
What’s this green cotton candy stuff in the lake?
There’s Foam in the Lake—Did Someone Dump Laundry Detergent?
A Beginner’s Guide to Responding to Suspicious Lake Conditions
What Does a Fish Kill Mean for the Lake?
Learn about how you can be lake-friendly while out on the water!
Learn how you can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning, draining, and drying all boats, craft, gear, and equipment when visiting your favorite lake!
How can you make lake-friendly changes to help your lake this Earth Day? Check out some ideas from the staff at NH LAKES!
Learn about what happens to our lakes above and below the surface as the seasons change from winter to spring.
As more and more boaters headed to the lake to find an escape from the pandemic in summer 2020, our Lake Hosts were more important than ever!
Are you LakeSmart? Do you know if you are living in a way that helps keeps our lakes clean and healthy? Whether you live along or lake, or miles from the nearest lake, find out how the NH LAKES LakeSmart Program can help you live in a lake-friendly way, and how you can help encourage lake-friendly living as the norm in your community!
Presented on Thursday, May 21, 2020 by NH LAKES—Krystal Costa Balanoff, Conservation Program Coordinator, and Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President of Programs & Operations.
We all want to have an outdoor space that is beautiful, and functional, while also protecting our lakes. Hear from the professionals at Belknap Landscape give guidance on achieving this based on their experience building and maintaining great properties across the Lakes Region.
Presented on Thursday, May 28, 2020 by Belknap Landscape—Hayden McLaughlin (Owner), Mark Smith (Project Department Head), and, Jeff Sirles (Brand Coordinator). Belknap Landscape is a full-service landscape company that has been serving the lakes region for over 30 years. They specialize in high-quality design, permitting, project management, construction, irrigation, maintenance, and tree care services.
In New Hampshire, many homes—including most lakeside homes—are served by an on-site septic system. If you have a septic system, do you know if you are maintaining it in a lake-friendly way? Hear from Russ Lanoie, a long-time wastewater management professional, about how these systems work and the do’s and don’ts of lake-friendly living with septic systems.
Presented on Thursday, June 4, 2020 by Russ Lanoie, Owner of Rural Home Tech. Russ has worked for several years as a licensed septic system designer and installer, concentrating on septic system locating, troubleshooting and repairs.
Do you own or maintain an unpaved road or driveway? If yes, whether it’s along a lake, or miles from the nearest waterbody, this session is for you! Proper maintenance of unpaved roads and driveways is one of the best way to reduce polluted runoff water that flows into our lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. Join Russ Lanoie, recognized as one of the most “foremost authorities on camp road maintenance,” for a lively, informative, and practical discussion of the do’s and don’ts of lake-friendly living with unpaved roads and driveways.
Presented on Thursday, June 11, 2020 by Russ Lanoie, Owner of Rural Home Tech. For over 50 years, Russ has been learning the secrets of dealing with too much water on roads in an environment with considerable frost, snowfall, and torrential thunderstorms. Russ has published an owner’s manual for those who live and travel on dirt and gravel roads.
Get tips and learn best practices from the experts at Belknap Landscape about how to maintain your waterfront and watershed landscapes year-round in a lake-friendly way. Caring for your lawn, recognizing runoff issues, and snow and ice management will be just some of the topics covered.
Presented on Thursday, June 18, 2020 by Belknap Landscape—Jeff Sirles (Brand Coordinator), Andrew Morse (Manager of Recurring Services), and Peter Schmidt (Certified Arborist). Belknap Landscape is a full-service landscape company that has been serving the lakes region for over 30 years. They specialize in high-quality design, permitting, project management, construction, irrigation, maintenance, and tree care services.
You may have heard it in the news—toxic cyanobacteria blooms have already been seen in some of New Hampshire’s lakes. Find out what cyanobacteria is, what blooms look like, and what they tell us about the health of our lakes. You’ll also learn what is being done across the state to prevent and monitor for these harmful blooms and what to do if you think you’ve spotted one.
Presented on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by Amanda Murby McQuaid, Ph.D., Harmful Algal and Cyanobacteria Bloom Program, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
The good news is that the spread of invasive plants—like milfoil—from lake to lake in New Hampshire has slowed over the years. But, the bad news is, the spread of invasive animals—like the Asian clam and the Chinese mystery snail—in our lakes is on the rise. Find out why invasive species are a problem and what is being done to prevent their spread—and how you can help!
Presented on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 by Amy Smagula, Exotic Species Program Coordinator, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and Krystal Costa Balanoff, Conservation Program Coordinator, NH LAKES
New Hampshire is home to nearly 1,000 lakes and ponds. While our state boasts some of the cleanest and healthiest lakes in the country, ever wonder just how healthy they really are? Hear from the biologists with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services about how lake health is monitored and what the data tells us about water quality trends. You’ll also find out how you can help monitor the health of our lakes and ponds!
Presented on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 by Kirsten Nelson, Aquatic Ecologist, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and Dave Neils, Chief Aquatic Biologist, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
The Common Loon is an iconic symbol of New Hampshire’s pristine lakes and ponds and an important part of New Hampshire’s natural character. They are also recognized as sentinels of environmental health because they are sensitive to contaminants in lakes and ponds. The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) was created in 1975 because of concerns about dramatic declines in New Hampshire’s loon population. Find out how loons are doing in New Hampshire today and how you can help LPC in their loon monitoring and recovery efforts.
Presented on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 by Caroline Hughes, Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator, Loon Preservation Committee, and Harry Vogel, Senior Scientist and Executive Director, Loon Preservation Committee
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Our lakes are home to a variety of plant and animals—and, sometimes, people too! Boating on our lakes has been particularly popular as people seek to get out into nature. Learn how the New Hampshire Marine Patrol is helping to keep our lakes safe for all who recreate on them. You’ll get a refresher on basic boating laws and will find out what to do if you see something unsafe happening out on the lake.
Presented on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 by Timothy Dunleavy, Captain, New Hampshire State Police—Marine Patrol
There’s more to our lakes then meets the eye. New Hampshire’s lakes are fascinating and complicated ecosystems that have evolved over the past 15,000 years. Find out how our lakes formed and how and why they change from season to season. You’re sure to be entertained with some interactive trivia questions and stories of ‘strange’ things people have reported seeing in our lakes over the years.
Presented on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 by Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President of Programs & Operations, NH LAKES, and Krystal Costa Balanoff, Conservation Program Coordinator, NH LAKES
Our lakes are home to a variety of plants—many that are beneficial for the ecosystem and some that are not. Find out how to recognize what’s growing and blooming in your favorite lake, and how to recognize a problematic plant. You’ll also learn what is being done to manage the growth of ‘weeds’ in our lakes. Be sure to bring your questions!
Presented on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 by Amy Smagula, Exotic Species Program Coordinator, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
New Hampshire’s lakes are home to a variety of fish—from the tiniest bait fish to the grandest game fish. Learn how fish are a key part our the lake ecosystems and hear what the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is doing to keep the fisheries in our lakes healthy—and how you can help!
Presented on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 by Scott Decker, Program Supervisor, Inland Fisheries Division, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Find out how our lakes are getting ready for a long winter’s nap and what lake-friendly actions you can take to make sure they wake up healthy and rejuvenated in the spring!
Presented on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 by Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President of Programs & Operations, NH LAKES and Krystal Costa Balanoff, Conservation Program Coordinator, NH LAKES
Our lakes are home to many animals, including otters, beavers, turtles, and frogs. Find out about the fascinating lives of these critters and where they go and what they do during winter.
Presented on Wednesday, November 4 by Patrick Tate, Wildlife Biologist, New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, and Josh Megyesy, Wildlife Biologist, New Hampshire Fish & Game Department
The climate in New Hampshire is changing. Find out how and what this means for our water resources and our lakes.
Presented on Wednesday, December 2 by Sherry Godlewski, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Manager, NH Department of Environmental Services, and Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President of Programs & Operations, NH LAKES.
Find out how our lakes freeze and what happens under the ice…and see and hear some strange and usual winter phenomena!
Presented on Wednesday, January 6 by Krystal Costa Balanoff, Conservation Program Coordinator, NH LAKES, and Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President of Programs & Operations, NH LAKES.
Eagles soaring over our lakes is becoming a more and more common occurrence here in New Hampshire. Tune in and find out how the population of eagles is recovering throughout the state and what you can do to help!
Presented on Wednesday, February 3 by Chris Martin, Senior Biologist, New Hampshire Audubon.