Thirteenth New Hampshire Lakes Congress and Annual Meeting, June 17 at Boyd Science Center

June 14th, 2006 by Adam

Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment is hosting the 13th New Hampshire Lakes Congress and Annual Meeting Saturday, June 17 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Boyd Science Center on the PSU campus.

The Lakes Congress offers workshops and presentations focused on “increasing threats and potential solutions” for management of New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds. United States Senator John E. Sununu will give a lunchtime address focused on water quality and lake management issues. Other conference sessions include “Indicators and Unexpected Threats for Northeastern Lakes,” with Dr. Steve Kahl, the director of the Center for the Environment; “Involving Youth in Lake Stewardship,” with Linda Schier, Great East Lake, and Dr. Mary Ann McGarry of PSU; a tour of the Center for the Environment lab and Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute; “New and Continuing Threats to New Hampshire’s Loons,” with Harry Vogel of the Loon Preservation Committee and “Milfoil: Researching a Means to an End,” with Amy Smagula of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Other topics explored include climate change, lake management, groundwater, public policy, shoreline protection and watershed partnerships.

In addition, a field trip to Squam Lake (with limited seating, first come, first served) will take place from 2 to 4:15 p.m. Leaders from the Squam Lakes Association, Squam Lakes Conservation Society and the University of New Hampshire’s Lakes Lay Monitoring Program will share information on current Squam Lake projects, including watershed management, watershed mapping, water quality monitoring, boat censuses and other forms of lake management.

The registration fee for the Lakes Congress is $40 per person, or $60 including a New Hampshire Lakes Association membership. Lake associations from around the state are encouraged to send a group of representatives. Registration includes lunch, refreshments and materials. For more information or to register, call (603) 226-0299 or e-mail info@nhlakes.org. The Lakes Congress is underwritten by the Inns and Spa at Mill Falls in Meredith.

The NHLA is a statewide, nonprofit, member-supported organization dedicated to protecting New Hampshire’s lakes, providing information and educational materials and working with state legislators on lake issues. The Association advocates on issues of water quality, boater education, boating safety, invasive species prevention, public access and balance of lake uses. For more information, visit www.nhlakes.org online.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.