Volunteers assist in a Successful Shoreline Survey
On September 28, Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee members, dedicated volunteers and FB Environmental conducted a shoreline survey of the lower bays of Ossipee Lake (Broad, Berry, and Leavitt) and Danforth Pond. The purpose of conducting this shoreline survey is to gather information about development along the shoreline areas of these waterbodies. In particular volunteers looked at shoreline erosion and the extent of vegetated buffers on shorefront lots. This was not a regulatory survey but is instead providing information to help assess the condition of the waterbodies for the upcoming watershed plan.
Three boats departed at 9:00 am from different Bays with volunteers, data sheets, cameras, GPS units and binoculars. The weather was perfect for spending a long day on the water. Each boat evaluated every property in their assigned bay, slowly moving along the shore locating sources of soil erosion and polluted runoff that have the potential to damage lake water quality. The day was a complete success with all areas covered and all boats docking around 4:00.
Lakes are polluted, in great part, by non-point source (NPS) pollution in the form of eroded soil and the nutrients (phosphorus) it carries. As storm water flows over bare or loose soil, these pollutants adhere to water molecules and are deposited in water bodies such as lakes, streams and oceans.
There are many inexpensive ways to mitigate storm water runoff. Some simple actions that homeowners can do include:
- Prevent soil erosion – re-seed areas of bare soil. Plant trees, shrubs, and groundcovers to reduce the size of your lawn and absorb excess nutrients.
- Reduce or eliminate the use of phosphorus in fertilizers. Use phosphorus-free fertilizer if you must fertilize, and consider alternatives such as spot treatments, lime or compost.
- Maintain your driveway and camp road by re-grading and crowning regularly to keep the water off the road. Sediment washed from the road surface or ditches usually ends up in the lake.
For more information on the Watershed Management Plan or to volunteer, please contact GMCG at (603) 539-1859.
Funding for this project was provided in part by a Watershed Assistance Grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
GMCG is working with the Department of Environmental Services, a watershed steering committee, and project partners to develop the first phase of a watershed management plan for Ossipee Lake. The initial phase will include a scientific assessment and recommendations for limiting nonpoint source pollution of surface waters in the Danforth Pond watershed and the subwatershed of the lower bays of Ossipee Lake. The project will include a training for community volunteers to conduct a watershed survey, and GMCG is presently seeking interested volunteers who would like to help out with this fun and engaging survey work in your area of the watershed. If you would like to volunteer to help survey in your area of the watershed, please sign-up by emailing us at email@example.com.
GMCG hosted a great Watershed Management Plan kick off meeting July 24, 2013 in Freedom with 40 people in attendance and two great presentations by Trish Garrigan from EPA Boston and Forrest Bell from Portland. The audience was very engaged too and it set a very positive stage for this project. (Plus there were two state reps there and our partner from NH DES so a very well connected audience!).
Click here to review the presentation made by Forrest Bell on July 24, 2013.
We also want to share the 10 Year WQM Data presentation from Michelle Daley’s student at UNH, Melissa Cripps. The presentation has some wonderful graphs of the GMCG data and sets a good stage for the start of putting together our 10 year report on Water Quality Data that we will give to municipal officials. Corey Lane will be working on this report with both our partners at UNH (Michelle Daley and Bob Craycraft) and Forrest Bell as he will be interpreting the data in preparation for the Watershed Management Plan. Our “Thanks” to Michele and Bob for their continued support of the GMCG Water quality monitoring programs.