Thursday, May 31 & Friday, June 1, 2018
Church Landing at Mill Falls, Meredith, NH
NH LAKES hosts its annual Lakes Congress each spring. During this all-day education, training, and networking event, lake and other natural resource stewards, lake management professionals, lake-related business leaders, and municipal and political leaders exchange information, ideas and experiences, and introduce new approaches to help manage and protect our lakes.
The 2018 Lakes Congress—our 25th annual gathering—on May 31 and June 1 celebrated the history of lake culture in New Hampshire while specifically focusing on current and emerging threats that must be addressed during the next 25 years to preserve our lakes. This two-day event was a tremendous success, with Friday’s all-day session being sold out with 203 attendees!
The event kicked-off on the evening of Thursday, May 31, with a fascinating presentation—“Summer Camps on New Hampshire’s Lakes: Roots of An Iconic American Experience”—given by Cynthia Robinson, the executive director of the Museum of the White Mountains.
Ken Wagner, President and Manager of Water Resource Services, and former President of the North American Lake Management Society, opened Friday’s session with a dynamic keynote address “Climate Change and Lakes: What You Really Need to Know.”
Also at the 2018 Lakes Congress, NH LAKES unveiled its new brand, including a new logo and more!
Check out the Photos!
View the Presentations from Friday, June 1
- Keynote Address (9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)
- Workshop Session I (10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.)
- Track A: Create an Annual Fundraising Plan: It’s Easy and Fun!
- Track B: The State of Lake Advocacy in NH
- Track C: The State of Aquatic Invasive Species in NH
- Track D: Water Quality: The Condition of NH’s Lakes and Ponds – Past, Present, and Future
- Track E: Fishing and Fisheries Management in NH’s Lakes: Past, Present, and Future
- Workshop Session II (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon)
- Track A:”It’s a bird…it’s a plane…no, it’s a drone helping to manage your lake!”
- Track B:
- Track C: “We have an AIS infestation in our lake, now what?!”
- Track D:
- Track E: State of the Loon: The Natural History, Challenges, and Successes of Loons in NH – please contact the Loon Preservation Committee to schedule a presentation for your community
- Workshop Session III (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
- Track A: Easy Do-it-Yourself Watershed, Shoreline, and Lake Mapping with your Smart Device
- Track A Extended: Social Skills for Your Lake Association: Engaging Your Members
- Track B & C Converge: Advocating for Preventing the Spread of AIS in NH with Cleaning and Wash Stations
- Track D: Saving our Lakes One Shore at a Time
- Track E:
Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!
- Winnipesaukee Ballroom Sponsors:
- The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation
- Lovett-Woodsum Foundation
- Chris Craft Exhibitor Hall Sponsor:
- Print Sponsors:
- BCM Environmental & Land Law
- Belknap County Conservation District
- Cedar Eden Environmental, LLC
- Cormack Construction Management
- FB Environmental
- Grappone Automotive Group
- Lake Winnipesaukee Association
- Loon Preservation Committee
- New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society
- New Hampshire Association of Conservation Associations
- New Hampshire Rivers Council
- North American Lake Management Society
- OTT Hydromet
- SOLitude Lake Management
- Winnisquam Watershed Network
Check out our previous Lakes Congress events!