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Canobie Lake Protective Association
P O Box 627, Windham, NH 03087
“Working to preserve & protect the Canobie Lake community”
To all of our CLPA Members,
I am pleased to write to our membership with an exciting update as we work hard to support the State of NH Southern Regional Water Line and the Town of Salem buying into it. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the Town of Salem to secure a treated, dependable, and sustainable water source beyond what Canobie Lake can safely yield.
At the December 10thTown of Salem Selectmen meeting, the board charged Roy Sorenson (Municipal Services Director) to establish an AD HOC committee to develop a recommendation for the Board of Selectmen’s consideration to secure water rights and/or capacity by gallons per day as a joint member community of the Southern NH Regional Water Interconnection Project.
The AD HOC committee consisted of Jim Keller (Selectman), Roy Sorenson (Municipal Director), Don Piccirillo (CLPA director), Tanya Donnelly (CLPA director), Howie Glynn (APPA “Arlington Pond Protective Association” director), Phil Cammarata (APPA director) and Bob Campbell (Salem resident).
The AD HOC committee’s recommendation: “That the Board of Selectmen move to purchase drinking water rights capacity of up to 1.5 million gallons per day as a member community in the Southern NH Regional Water Interconnection Project” was unanimously accepted by the Board of Selectmen at the January 7thBOS meeting.
On January 15th, the Town of Salem Budget Committee voted unanimously to support the Warrant article to purchase the water rights for $5.36 million.
This now goes to Town vote on March 12thas Warrant Article #5 requiring a 60% voter support. The article reads:
“Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of up to Five Million Three Hundred Fifty-Five Thousand ($5,355,000) for the purpose of purchasing drinking water rights capacity of up to 1.5 million gallons per day from Manchester Water Works as a member of the Joint Public Works Agreement for the Southern New Hampshire Regional Water Project and to cover the costs associated with obtaining a bond issue, and to authorize the issuance of not more than $5,355,000 of bonds or notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33), and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon; and to further authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept, and expend, without further action by the town, unanticipated money from a state, federal, or other governmental unit or a private source, and take any and all action necessary to carry out any vote hereunder or take any other action relative thereto, including acquiring or conveying interests in real property necessary to complete this work? Requires a 3/5 ballot vote.”
We are beginning a marketing campaign to gain voter support. This will be a joint effort by CLPA and APPA sharing the expenses 50/50.
The CLPA board met and approved the spending of up to $4000 for this effort.
This is a now or never opportunity. Article #5 either receives voter approval in March or this opportunity simply passes us by.
We have a new web site “salemswaterfuture.com” up and running explicitly built to inform voters on the article. The CLPA, APPA and Town of Salem will all link to it so that accurate and consistent information is shown.
We are happy to report that 6 of the CLPA Board of Directors attended the Windham Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday 8/27/18. We were there to show solidarity on two very crucial issues facing our community and lake….
The Hayes Hart Boat Ramp will remain open and Chloride levels are very concerning.
There is a boat ramp at Hayes Hart Road in Windham that has been used for many years to take boats in and out of Canobie Lake. It is posted as being for use by Windham residents only. Apparently that is due to a deed restriction which was a condition when the land was donated to the Town of Windham. For years it has been used by Salem residents, and others, too.
The CLPA held its Annual Meeting on August 5 at the Searles School in Windham. The guest speaker was NH State Senator Chuck Morse, who discussed the "Southern Route" pipeline proposal to provide Salem (and nearby towns) with an additional Water Source. The CLPA supports this proposal, and advocates that Salem "buy in" for the maximum amount of water available. We believe this is the best chance to protect the water levels of Canobie Lake for years to come.
6:30 PM, Sunday August 5th
At the Searles School, 3 Chapel Road, Windham
(35 Range Rd, next to Delahunty’s)
On May 10th Roy Sorensen, Salem’s Director of Municipal Services and then Senator Chuck Morse gave an update on the additional water source proposed for Salem. The Canobie Lake Protective Association requests all residents of Salem to JOIN and SUPPORT the efforts of the Town of Salem to fully support the proposed pipeline and buy-in to the max reserve water allocation. This is a "too good to be true" and "once in a lifetime opportunity" for an increased supply of water to meet the water needs of the future.
The following is a summary of the key points of the proposal as presented at the meeting. The entire presentation can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/2Ll1NvF
1. The State of NH is going to pay for the main pipeline. It would bring treated water from the Manchester water department down route 28 to Salem, for distribution to Salem, Windham, Atkinson, Hampstead and Plaistow. Actually, the State has a special fund from the MtBE legal settlement that will pay for the pipeline. So no taxpayer money is required, from either the state or the local communities that will benefit.
2. Each of the towns mentioned above needs a reliable source of clean drinking water. A regional solution, such as this one, offers better reliability and economy than multiple individual solutions. And making use of the MtBE settlement funds is a once-in-a-generation opportunity.
3. Salem needs an additional source of water for its municipal water system. NHDES has been urging this for 20 years. Salem has looked for additional sources of water and has not found any as attractive as this.
4. Salem will have an opportunity to reserve a portion of the capacity of the main pipeline. "Reserve" means to get an allocation that will permit Salem to draw up to a certain number of million gallons per day. Salem doesn't have to use it all right away, but they can. Initially, the allocation would be 0.3 mgal/d and after the treatment plant in Manchester is expanded Salem would grow to 1.5 mgal/d. Salem and the other participating towns need to pay a one-time up-front fee to reserve their allocation. Senator Chuck Morse advocates that Salem should reserve the max allocated amounts. That would give Salem a secure water future. The CLPA agrees. It will also reduce the chances that Canobie Lake and Arlington Pond might be overdrawn in the future.
Here is a breakdown of the meeting by minutes:
First 15 mins: Roy Sorensen presents the Southern NH Regional Drinking Water Supply update
Then 40 mins: of Q/A from the audience (starting at 0:16)
Followed by 20 mins: of Senator Chuck Morse sharing break down of the special funding, why this is so important to the Southern Regions of NH, and how Salem residents can show support (starting at 0:57)
Total time 1:22
Thank you for your support!
The Weed Watchers Program lead by Stephen Bortone shared the following information. A report from NH DES that the Asian Clam has been reported from Canobie Lake by DES staff. (https://pjj52.app.goo.gl/dQ2BphERj01VNvhr1) It was first seen in NH from Merrimack in 2012. If you look at the point on the map (https://pjj52.app.goo.gl/Gyq5jv0kt3ThVLnJ2) and enlarge it you will note that the location for the clam in Canobie Lake is near the boat launch site on the north shore. I am not sure if this is the exact location. See the attached reference pictures, (not pictures from findings in Canobie Lake, but in Lake George, NY), indicates its relative size and color (although that can vary). Not sure what we can do about it except to be aware that it is present in our lake and to let us know if you see something like this.
The level of chloride in Canobie Lake continues to climb. Earlier this year the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services "mapped" the lake to test for the level of chloride. This is the third year in a row they have done so and over this period the DES has confirmed the rise. As you may recall, last year our Association tested 6 different locations twice a month and also tested some tributaries to try to identify sources. Unfortunately, no significant sources from tributaries were identified while the testing of the six locations in the lake showed elevated levels. One theory is the source of the chloride rise is due to groundwater although that is not verified. Currently, the level of chloride is at 100mg/liter, which is about double where it was just five years ago. Per the federal standards, when chloride levels reach 230mg/liter, that is when chloride is harmful to both vegetation and wildlife. So the good news is the lake is well below the "trouble" level of 230mg/liter but the continual rise is concerning We will continue to test the six spots this year but do so monthly. More important, we will step up our efforts to get the state, towns and commercial entities to lessen the use of chloride to treat snow and ice. This is very important as treating of roads and parking lots accounts for over 75% of the total chloride consumption. To follow the history since 2013 of how the CLPA has been working on the “New Directive” to monitor and work toward reducing the use of salt in the watershed please read the articles in the newsletters from the following dates:
Such vibrant colors explode across the shorelines of Canobie Lake. Thank you to Pat Macoul for sharing this wonderful photo shot from the shoreline by Salem's Water Pumping Station.
Anyone with a Facebook page can share more Fall photos on our Facebook Page by tagging @CanobieLakeProtectiveAssociation
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Safe Yield of Canobie Lake:
Safe Yield is the maximum amount of water that can be withdrawn annually, safely, from a lake used as a municipal water source. It is equal to the amount by which the lake recharges in a drought year. If you withdraw more water than the Safe Yield the lake will not fully recharge in a drought year. If the drought persists the lake will become lower year after year, and there won't be enough water to continue.
The safe yield for Canobie Lake has been calculated to be 485 million gallons per year, MG/y. In each of the last four years Salem has drawn more water than the safe yield.
YearMG Withdrawn Percent over Safe Yield
2013 502 4
2014 534 10
2015 593 22
2016 581 20
The years 2015 and 2016 were drought years. Salem placed restrictions on outside watering in 2016.
The CLPA Board has brought this situation to the attention of Salem town leaders. We believe that Salem must acquire additional sources of water, so they don't continue to overdraw Canobie Lake. Salem is currently doing engineering studies looking at several possibilities for getting more source water. The CLPA will continue to encourage Salem to follow through, and acquire additional source water.
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] .
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:
Many thanks to our judges (Odie, Heidi and Marian), our photographer
(Jay Johnson) and our host at the award dock (Scott Buttram).
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!!!!
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 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.
We just received word that the BOS meeting has been canceled tonight (2/27). We will let you know when we will be attending a meeting to voice our concerns regarding the water usage issue in the Town of Salem.