Lakes Congress

Lakes Congress is our annual education, training, and networking event. It is designed for lake and other natural resource stewards, lake managers, business leaders, and municipal and political leaders to gain knowledge and skills to educate, advocate, and organize to restore and preserve the health of New Hampshire’s 1,000 lakes and ponds.

Save the date for Lakes Congress 2025—Thursday, June 5!

Communities Working Together for Resilient Lakes

Our lakes are at a tipping point. We’re seeing more and more cyanobacteria blooms each year, and recently, a new invasive species, the spiny water flea, was found in Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Winnisquam. 

While this news can feel overwhelming, there’s some reassuring news. There is a growing statewide community of people like you who love lakes working together to restore and protect lake health here in New Hampshire. Together, they are making our lakes more resilient to the threats of today and the future. 

On June 6, 2024, nearly 240 individuals attended Lakes Congress to share their stories and challenges. They learned and got advice from some of the most trusted lake leaders in the state–and they made new friends, too. Most of all, they returned to their lake communities ready to inspire action and make a difference!

Lakes Congress 2024, Thursday, June 6, at Church Landing in Meredith, NH

Want to get in touch with a presenter or exhibitor from Lakes Congress? See the contact list here. 

View the presentation session descriptions here.

Presentations:

Keynote Address: Navigating the Waters: Ensuring Resilient Futures for New Hampshire’s Lakes

Session 1

A. Lakes Legislative Update

B. Defending our Lakes from Invasive Species 

C. LakeSmart Communities: How to Rally a Community Into Action

D. “We’ve got high water—now what?” (In-person panel discussion, no presentation available)

Session 2

A. New Hampshire’s Cyanobacteria Plan: A Statewide Strategy

B. Lake Level Management: A Balancing Act 

C. Neighbors Helping Neighbors Reduce Polluted Runoff Water

D. Conserving Land Parcels—Big & Small—for Clean & Healthy Lakes (In-person panel discussion, no presentation available)

Session 3

A. Innovative Local Policy for Resilient Lakes

B. Managing Recreation on Lakes Through the Petition and Public Process – Coming Soon

C. Ensuring Clean Waters: Empowering Lake Associations to Conduct Septic Surveys

D. Ready, Set, Network! (In-person panel discussion, no presentation available)

Session 4

A. Run for Office: Help Shape Local and State Lake Policy! (In-person panel discussion, no presentation available)

B. “We’ve got cyanobacteria—now what?” 

C. Creating a Diverse, Inclusive, and Engaged Lake Association Membership

D. Community Solutions for Recreational Use Conflicts on Our Lakes (In-person panel discussion, no presentation available)

Help us thank the sponsors who helped make Lakes Congress 2024 possible:

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