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Explore Lakes with NH LAKES Webinar Series

We are offering monthly webinars through the end of 2021! Explore our lakes through the seasons from the comfort of your own home! These webinars are FREE but pre-registration is required.

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Thank you to our “Explore Lakes with NH LAKES” Webinar Series sponsor, Grappone Automotive Group! Grappone has been a long-time supporter of NH LAKES, and we are grateful for their continued support of our programs!

Help Put Our Lakes on a Low-Salt Diet this Winter!

Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Green Snow Pro

Winter is approaching and that means it’s time to start planning for snow and ice removal. Tune in to this session and find out why road salt is a problem for our lakes and what you can do to help put our lakes on a low salt diet this winter!

Presented by Dave Neils, Chief Aquatic Biologist, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and Chris Avery, Drinking Water Program Supervisor, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (former Green SnowPro Program Coordinator, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services)

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Shoreline Tree and Vegetation Management Rules for Waterfront Properties

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Shoreland Permitting

Do you live along a lake, pond, or river? The Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act was established to protect these natural resources and to oversee the management of shoreline properties. If you are considering re-designing or adding any additional landscape features to your waterfront property, this webinar is for you! Tune in to hear from John Stephens, owner of Stephens Landscaping Professionals and NH LAKES LakeSmart Service Provider Partner, to help you maneuver through local and state regulations—it’s not too early to plan for your spring landscaping project and get the permits you will need.

Presented by John Stephens, Owner of Stephens Landscaping Professionals.

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The Geology of New Hampshire’s Lakes

Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Did you know that most of New Hampshire’s lakes are more than 10,000 years old? As old as this seems, the lakes are geologically young features compared to the long history of geologic change that has shaped New Hampshire’s Lakes! Tune in and find out how our lakes and landscape were formed and how they have changed over time due to geologic forces.

Presented by James Vernon, Director of Water Supply Services, Nobis Group.

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Cyanobacteria Update: What We’ve Seen & What to be on the Lookout for

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Swains lake June 2021

Tune in for an update on the status of toxic cyanobacteria blooms in New Hampshire’s lakes during Summer 2021 and find out what to be on the lookout for this fall.

Presented by Amanda Murby McQuaid, Ph.D., Harmful Algal and Cyanobacteria Bloom Program, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

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What Plants are Growing in the Lake?

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

healthy aquatic vegetation nh lakes

Summer is in full swing and the plants in our lakes are reaching the height of their growing season. While most plants are good for our lakes, some are not and can cause big problems. Attend this session and learn how to identify what plants are growing in your favorite lake and what to do if you think you’ve spotted a problem plant.

Presented by Amy Smagula, Exotic Species Program Coordinator, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

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Your Summer Rx: Enjoy Clean & Healthy Lakes!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.Your Summer Rx Enjoy Clean and Healthy Lakes

There’s no better place to be than at one of New Hampshire’s 1,000 lakes during summer! Our lakes provide for a myriad of recreational activities and science has shown that spending time along, on, and in the lake is good for our health in so many ways. Tune in to this session and hear about how being at the lake is good for you and find out some simple things you can do to help keep the lake(s) you enjoy healthy too!

Presented by Krystal Costa Balanoff, Conservation Program Manager, NH LAKES and Erin Mastine, Outreach Program Coordinator, NH LAKES.

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Enjoying Lakes While Protecting Wildlife

Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Loon nesting sanctuary

New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds provide us with a variety recreational activities during the summer—they are also home to a variety of wildlife species. Hear from biologists from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the Loon Preservation Committee about how you can enjoy our lakes while helping keep wildlife safe and healthy, too.

Presented by:

  • Lindsay Webb, Wildlife Educator, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
  • Harry Vogel, Executive Director & Senior Biologist, Loon Preservation Committee

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Lake Level Management: A Balancing Act

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Bellamy Dam Madbury NH 1

While most of New Hampshire’s lakes were formed naturally by nature, the water level in many of our lakes is managed by dams. Attend this session and learn about how dams are maintained and operated in a safe manner and about the challenges of lake level management in New Hampshire.

Presented by Jim Gallagher, Chief Engineer, Dam Bureau, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

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Boating Safety 101

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Marine Patrol Boat

New Hampshire’s lakes are warming up and so is the boating season! Whether you enjoy exploring our lakes by motor boat, paddle board, sail boat, canoe or kayak, be sure to tune into this session for a refresher on basic boating laws and safety practices. This session will help you stay out of trouble while enjoying smooth sailing all summer long.

Presented by Timothy Dunleavy, Captain, New Hampshire State Police—Marine Patrol

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Keeping the Family Lake House in the Family

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Lake Front Cabin

Family properties along our lakes are special places, often passed down and enjoyed and cherished by generation after generation. Sometimes, though, hanging on to the family lake house can be challenging and complicated. Tune in to this session and hear from two New Hampshire attorneys with extensive experience helping families plan gracefully for the future of their beloved property.

Presenters:

  • Caitlin McCurdy, Associate, Trusts & Estates Department, McLane Middleton
  • Christopher Paul, Director and Chair, Trusts & Estates Department, McLane Middleton

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Introduction to Lake Modeling Is Your Lake Ready for the Runway?

Wednesday, April 28, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Lake Modeling

Tune in to learn about the fundamentals of lake trophic state modeling and how this can be a useful tool to help your community plan for clean and healthy lakes in the future. Two experts in this field from Comprehensive Environmental, Inc., will kick off the session with an overview of lake biology principles and landscape concepts that provide the foundation for lake modeling. Then, they will dive into how models are developed to predict biological conditions in lakes and how they will respond to future changes on the landscape.

Presented by:

  • Bob Hartzel, Principal Scientist, Comprehensive Environmental, Inc.
  • David Roman, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Comprehensive Environmental, Inc.

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Lakes in Spring

Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Lakes in Spring Photo

Find out how our lakes are waking up from a long winter’s nap and what lake-friendly actions you can take this spring and summer to do your part to keep them clean and healthy!

Presented by:

  • Krystal Costa Balanoff, Conservation Program Coordinator, NH LAKES
  • Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President of Programs & Operations, NH LAKES

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The Secret Life in Lakes

Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Secret Life in Lakes

Join biologists from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and take a look into the lake to see and learn about the curious and beautiful array of microscopic and other largely unseen critters that live in our lakes—including your favorite lake!

Presented by:

  • Amanda Murby McQuaid, Ph.D., Harmful Algal and Cyanobacteria Bloom Program, NH Department of Environmental Services
  • Amy Smagula, Limnologist & Exotic Species Coordinator, NH Department of Environmental Services
  • Sara Steiner, Volunteer Lake Assessment Program Coordinator, NH Department of Environmental Services

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Eagles and New Hampshire’s Lakes

Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Female Eagle by Jack Dorsey

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 by Chris Martin, Senior Biologist, New Hampshire Audubon.

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Lakes In Winter

Wednesday, January 6, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Lakes in Winter Photo

Find out how our lakes freeze and what happens under the ice…and see and hear some strange and usual winter phenomena!

Presented by Krystal Costa Balanoff, Conservation Program Coordinator, NH LAKES, and Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President of Programs & Operations, NH LAKES.

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New Hampshire’s Changing Climate & Lakes

Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

ice melt and sunburst

The climate in New Hampshire is changing. Find out how and what this means for our water resources and our lakes.

Presented by Sherry Godlewski, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Manager, NH Department of Environmental Services, and Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President of Programs & Operations, NH LAKES.

Climate Change in New Hampshire – Making Connections slides

NH’s Changing Climate and Lakes – A Special Focus on Lakes slides

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Otters, Beavers, Turtles, & Frogs!

Wednesday, November 4, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

beaver otter frog turtle

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 by Patrick Tate, Wildlife Biologist, New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, and Josh Megyesy, Wildlife Biologist, New Hampshire Fish & Game Department

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Otters, Beavers, Turtles & Frogs Zoom Chat Box

Answers to Questions After Webinar

Lakes in Autumn

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

October Lakes in Autumn

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 by Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President of Programs & Operations, NH LAKES, and Krystal Costa Balanoff, Conservation Program Coordinator, NH LAKES

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