Help Aquatic Turtles

Dear Members and Neighbors,

Ginny Campiola, who is on the Board of the CLPA, thought you might be interested in this article (click "read more" below) since she has seen turtles crossing the road near her house on West Shore Road. 

She is trying to get the association to sponsor and have some “Turtle Crossing” signs posted. 

Please let her know what you think.  She can be reached at [email protected] .

Thank you!

2017 Boat Parade Winners

Thanks to all of the enthusiastic participants in the boat parade! There was a very nice turnout. The judges had difficult choices to make, due to all of the creatively decorated boats-check out the photos!   The winners were the following participants:

First place: Dave Silva received $100

Second place: Mike and Alyssa Schoenfeld received 4 tickets to Canobie Lake Park

Third place: The Forrence family received 3 tickets to Canobie Lake Park

Honorable Mention: The Mathews family and friends received 2 tickets to Canobie Lake Park

Many thanks to our judges (Odie, Heidi and Marian), our photographer
(Jay Johnson) and our host at the award dock (Scott Buttram).

OUR 2017 MEMBERBERSHIP DRIVE CONTINUES…

Our goal is to have all concerned residents join together. We mail our MEMBERSHIP DRIVE newsletter to over 300 residences around Canobie Lake.  To all of our past and loyal members, THANK YOU!!!!

We continue to welcome anyone to join and demonstrate his or her support for our work to protect Canobie Lake.

                       THANK YOU to the 94 members who have already joined!!!!

 

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CANOBIE LAKE PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION COLLABORATIVE FORUM  TO REVIEW AND DISCUSS THE WATER LEVEL AND POSSIBLE COURSE OF ACTIONS

 

WHEN:  SUNDAY MARCH 26TH at 3-4 PM

WHERE:  SEARLES SCHOOL AND CHAPEL, Windham NH 03078 (Next door to Delahunty on RTE 111)

The leadership of the CLPA will review the actions and steps that they have taken, to date, to address the severe situation.

The projections of the lake levels and anticipated use from Salem will be reviewed.  The proposed commercial developments in Salem will be reviewed relative to the impact on the expected increase in water amounts drawn from Canobie Lake.  

PLEASE COME to listen, share your ideas, and support the initiatives of the CLPA

PLEASE JOIN US ON MONDAY 3/6 AT THE SALEM BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING

PLEASE JOIN US ON MONDAY 3/6 AT THE SALEM BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING TO SHOW OUR SOLIDARITY IN ADDRESSING THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL WATER SOURCES FOR THE TOWN OF SALEM...HELP MAINTAIN WATER LEVELS IN CANOBIE LAKE

The CLPA Board of Directors want to update you regarding their new plans to meet with the Salem Board of Selectmen. As you know the original request to actually get on an agenda was denied after data was submitted regarding concern with the level of the lake. Then, at the last minute, the Salem Board of Selectmen cancelled the meeting that we planned to attend on the 27th.

The CLPA president, Dale Valvo, has met with Salem Town Manager, Leon Goodwin, and has informed him of our intent to attend and speak when the floor is open for public comment. He and board members have decided to attend the next Selectmen's meeting (March 6th at 7PM) and express our views at the time for public input. These meetings take place at Salem's offices on Geremonty Drive.

Unfortunately we will have to wait to the end of the meeting to speak as that is when the floor is open for public comments/topics. At this point an agenda is not published but typically these meetings last for 2-3 hours. Our leadership will be there from the beginning.

We encourage you to attend this meeting. Nothing would be better than to have "standing room only" and show the Selectmen how serious we are. Dale Valvo, CLPA President, will have a prepared statement. We are also inviting interested citizens, officials from Windham, and local news media.

The CLPA Board members look forward to seeing you on the 6th.

Please join the CLPA Board when they address Canobie water levels at Salem BOS Meeting Monday 2/27

The CLPA Board of Directors want to update you regarding their plans to meet with the Salem Board of Selectmen.  As you know the original request to actually get on an agenda was denied after data was submitted regarding concern with the level of the lake.  We have decided to attend the next Selectmen's meeting and express our views at the time for public input.

The next Salem Board of Selectmen meeting is set for Monday, February 27th at 7PM.  These meetings take place at Salem's offices on Geremonty Drive.  Unfortunately we will have to wait to the end of the meeting to speak as that is when the floor is open for public comments/topics.  At this point an agenda is not published but typically these meetings last for 2-3 hours.  Our leadership will be there from the beginning.

We encourage you to attend this meeting.  Nothing would be better than to have "standing room only" and show the Selectmen how serious we are.  Dale Valvo, CLPA President, will have a prepared statement.  We are also inviting interested citizens, officials from Windham, and local news media.

The CLPA Board members look forward to seeing you on the 27th.

Tonight's Salem Planning Board Meeting

Dear CLPA Members and Friends:

"Please note your Calendar for Tuesday night 1/31/17 at 7:00 PM where the Salem Planning Board is being presented with Conceptual Plans for the Tuscan Village. One of the CLPA's concerns is how much water will be required by this Large Scale Development and its impacts on Canobie Lake Levels. We encourage you to attend the meeting to become aware and follow this development. However, if you cannot attend the actual meeting please try to watch it on SGC23.com as it will run live on TV." CLPA Board members plan to attend the meeting and express concern about the impact on Canobie lake.

CLPA Windham town report

The following is the report that was submitted to the Town of Windham on behalf of the Canobie Lake Protective Association:

The Canobie Lake Protective Association (CLPA) is a nonprofit
organization that was established in 1981. The CLPA continues to
advocate for the protection of Canobie Lake after 35 years.


The purpose of the association is to help protect, preserve, and improve
the quality of Canobie Lake and the surrounding watershed, while
maintaining and supporting the interests of lake users and watershed
property owners.

Please don't put yard waste in the lake

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.

Canobie Level Down to 216.6 feet – very low for August

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.

BOAT REMOVAL ALERT!

Dale Valvo had his pontoon boat pulled from the lake today and wanted to let everyone know that although they were able to get it out at the Hayes Hart boat launch, it was not an easy task. Rockingham Marine had to detach the trailer from their truck in order to reach the boat, because the water was too shallow.   They needed to pull the boat onto the trailer with ropes, because it was too shallow to keep the motor in the water.  Once on the trailer, got trailer attached to truck and even then dragged pontoons on bottom getting out.

Rockingham is currently calling all customers saying need to get boats out now.  Assuming lake drops 2-3 inches a week, it is doubtful that anyone will be able to pull boat out at that location.

 

Salem Announces Water Use Restrictions

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

July 4th boat parade

Join the festivities by decorating your boat and joining the boat parade!

On Monday July 4th at 1 PM the parade will start at Rocky Point, then proceed around the

lake, and end at Rocky Point.  We hope that last year’s winners, Eric Rioux and Penny Maxner,

will lead the parade. 

If you are not going to be in the parade, please participate by cheering and waving from

the shore!

                    

Loons on the raft - On, Off, ON!

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.

Canobie Lake Water Levels-IT’S LOW....

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.