The Lake Host™ Program is a courtesy boat inspection program administered by NH LAKES in cooperation with local participating groups to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species, plants and animals, from waterbody to waterbody.
Infestations of invasive species such as variable milfoil and Asian Clams in our waterbodies are undesirable because: they make recreation in and on the water dangerous and unpleasant; they disrupt the ecological balance of waterbodies; they reduce shoreline property values; and they are difficult and expensive to control.
Trained Lake Hosts staff boat ramps to:
- Educate visiting boaters about aquatic invasive species (plants and animals)
- Conduct a brief boater survey
- Teach boaters the “Clean, Drain & Dry” method for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species
- Conduct courtesy boat and trailer inspections to remove all hitchhiking aquatic invasive species
- Send suspicious species fragments to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services for identification
Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer Lake Hosts have conducted more than 761,735 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,515‘saves’ of aquatic invasive plant or animal specimens that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.
Lake Host Program for ramps open to the general public:
The Lake Host Payroll Grant Program is open to groups (lake, pond, river and watershed associations, municipalities, and other community groups) that pledge to staff boat ramps open to the general public. NH LAKES provides (‘sets aside’) grant funding to cover the salaries and benefits of individuals hired as NH LAKES employees to work as Lake Hosts at local ramps open to the public. Participating groups are required to match their payroll award by a minimum of 100% by providing volunteer labor and/or by contributing funding to extend Lake Host employee coverage at their ramp. Funding for the payroll grant award programs comes from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Exotic Species Prevention Grant Program which is funded by a portion of the revenue generated by in-state boat registration fees. Funding for the payroll grant program also comes from foundations and local sources.
Lake Host Program for ramps not open to the general public:
Community groups, marinas, and owners of ramps not open to the public are invited to participate in NH LAKES Lake Host Program on a non payroll-grant award basis. NH LAKES can hire individuals to work as NH LAKES Lake Hosts at these ramps not open to the general public, provided that the local group provides funding to cover salaries and associated taxes, statutory benefits including insurances, and payroll fees.
For more information: e-mail us or call us at (603) 226-0299.
2016 Lake Host™ Payroll Grant Program
We are pleased to offer the Lake HostTM Program, one of the nation’s premier aquatic invasive species education and prevention programs, for its 15th year during summer 2016!
We invite groups that have participated during previous years and new groups to apply for a payroll grant award to implement the program at boat ramps open to the public on lakes, ponds, and rivers throughout New Hampshire.
PAYROLL GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE:
If your group missed the 2016 application deadline and is interested in participating in the Lake Host Program, email email@example.com.
- Postmark Date: Monday, March 21, 2016
Mail to: NH LAKES, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord, NH 03301
- Email Submission Date: Monday, March 21, 2016, 8:00 a.m.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRANT PROGRAM TIMELINE
- By 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 (pending Governor & Executive Council approval): Notification of award to applying groups via email.
- 2016 Lake Host Program Specimen Identifications – 23 ‘SAVES’ so far!
- 2016 Lake Host Payroll Grant Application – PDF
- 2016 Lake Host Payroll Grant Application – MS Word
- 2016 Lake Host Program Payroll Grant Eligibility, Award Criteria, Participation Terms & Award Process
- 2016 Lake Host Program Training Requirements & Session Dates
- 2016 Lake Host Point Person Position Description
- 2016 Lake Host Employee & Volunteer Position Description
- 2016 Sweatshirt Order Form (PDF)
- 2016 Sweatshirt Order Form (MS Word)
- Lake Host Help Wanted Ad (MS Word)
- 2016 Open Water Fishing Tournament Schedule
- 2016 On Water Events Schedule (non fishing tournaments)
IMPORTANT FORMS FOR ALL LAKE HOSTS
- Lake Host End of Season Survey
- Lake Host Boater Survey Sheet (PDF)
- Lake Host Boater Survey Sheet (MS Word)
- Lake Host Daily Summary Sheet (PDF)
- Lake Host Daily Summary Sheet (MS Word)
- Lake Host Daily Summary Sheet (Excel)
IMPORTANT FORMS FOR LAKE HOST VOLUNTEERS
- Lake Host Volunteer Information Form
- Lake Host Volunteer (16 & 17 year-olds) Parental Permission Form
- Lake Host Volunteer Match Sheet – Version 3 (PDF)
- Lake Host Volunteer Match Sheet – Version 3 (MS Word)
- Lake Host Volunteer Match Sheet – updated (Excel)
- 2016 Lake Host Manual
- 2016 Lake Host Point Person Manual
IMPORTANT FORMS FOR LAKE HOST EMPLOYEES
- Lake Host Employee Information Form
- Lake Host Employee 2016 W-4 Tax Withholding Form
- Lake Host Employee 2016 I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form
- Lake Host Employee (16 & 17 year-olds) Parental Permission Form
- Lake Host Employee Timesheet (PDF)
- Lake Host Employee Timesheet (MS Word)
- Lake Host Employee Timesheet (Excel)
- 2016 Lake Host Manual
- We hosted 7 formal training sessions for Lake Hosts and Point Persons in May and June.
- For more information on training options for the remainder of this summer contact NH LAKES.