We'd like to encourage folks to not put yard waste in the lake. This includes leaves, grass clippings, branches and brush. This material ultimately settles to the bottom of the lake, decomposes and makes a fertile bed for weeds to grow. And we're all concerned about keeping the weed growth down.
We know that some leaves blow into the lake naturally. But we don't need to add to it. That just accelerates a process called eutrophication, which is not a good thing. If you see somebody doing it, please give them a friendly reminder that it's not good for the lake. If you don't have a place to put yard waste on your own lot, Windham and Salem provide places where it can be dumped and turned into compost.
The lake level was down to 216.6 feet on August 12. This is 3.4 feet below the full level. If the drought continues, as it is predicted to, the lake could be two feet lower by the middle of October. That is the time when Salem usually switches from Canobie to Arlington Pond, for their water source.
The immediate cause of the low level is the severe drought, which is affecting all of Southern NH. We urge everyone to conserve water, and abide by the use restrictions that Salem has established. We are likely to end this summer with the Canobie level the lowest it has been in many years.
Following is an update on the actions the CLPA board is taking regarding this issue.
Due to the drought conditions, the Salem Selectmen have adopted the following water restrictions for all customers of the Town’s water system:
No outside use of water of any kind between the hours of 7:00 AM and midnight by any residences or businesses. The only exceptions to this restriction are commercial car washes, cash crops, farms, flower shops or garden centers.
Use of outside water is permitted between the hours of midnight and 7:00 AM for irrigation or watering of lawns/gardens only on ODD numbered days.
For more details see: townofsalemnh.org/home/news/mandatory-water-restrictions
Thanks to all of the enthusiastic participants in the boat parade! There were about 22 boats in the parade – a very nice turnout. The judges had difficult choices to make, due to all of the creatively decorated boats-check out the photos!
Early in June the loon pair that resides on Canobie Lake nested on the raft for a few days. Then they abandoned the nest. It may have been because some boaters got very close to the raft and frightened them off. It may have been because a marauding animal took the egg.
On or about June 23, they resumed nesting on the raft. Our official loon watcher, Dave Blake, reports there are now two eggs on the nest! Yippee! If all goes well, they should hatch around July 21.
The water level of Canobie Lake is low for this time of year. It was 218.75 MSL (feet above sea level) on June 15. The full level is 220.0 feet.
We are experiencing an extremely long period of dry weather. Starting last June 2015 and going right through November 2015, Southern NH experienced the worst drought since the 1960’s. We received little snow this winter, and already this spring we are 2.95 inches below average rainfall (Acu-Weather data). All the lakes in the local area were slow to fill this spring. Canobie Lake never filled up. The highest level it reached was 219.45.