First Web-Based Watershed Management Plan for Lake Winnipesaukee Presented to Public on January 19th

With the completion of the Section 319 funded Watershed Based Plan for the Meredith, Paugus, and Sanders Bay subwatersheds on Lake Winnipesaukee, the Lakes Region Planning Commission and project partners are ready to reveal the first web-based watershed plan for a New Hampshire lake.

A public meeting has been scheduled for the evening of January 19th and all watershed stakeholders and practitioners are invited to attend to learn about this first phase of watershed protection and restoation work for New Hampshire’s largest lake.  Please see the press release that follows for more details on this exciting initiative.

Winnipesaukee Gateway: a New One-stop Source for Maps, Environmental plans, Water quality data, Recreational opportunities and more for Lake Winnipesaukee!

On Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 6:30pm in the Belknap Mill in Laconia, a multi-year watershed planning effort of the Lakes Region Planning Commission, Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association, North Country Resource Conservation &Development Area Council, the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, the municipalities of Meredith, Laconia, and Gilford, and the NH Department of Environmental Services will be presented to the public. Completion of the Meredith, Paugus, Saunders Bays Subwatershed Management Plan; a web-based management plan, representing one feature of a broader watershed information resource will be unveiled on the new “Winnipesaukee Gateway” website at The Winnipesaukee Gateway is a work in progress, with the initial release featuring information on the issues facing the Winnipesaukee River watershed, watershed maps, water quality monitoring information, lake recreation, and subwatershed management plans. Future editions will include information and maps on natural resources, land use planning, forestry, agriculture, and more within the watershed.

Highlights of the evening’s presentation will include a summary of the Subwatershed Management Plan for Meredith, Paugus, and Saunders Bays, input from the communities on their participation and future implementation efforts, water quality data and monitoring efforts, future subwatershed management planning currently underway, and a live demonstration of the “Winnipesaukee Gateway” website.

Please join us on January 19, 2011 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon Street East, Laconia, NH to learn how you can protect and preserve Lake Winnipesaukee for current and future generations to enjoy. All are welcome to attend. For additional information contact: Pat Tarpey, or 279-8171.

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