CLPA Report on Windham BOS meeting: 1) Boat Ramp open/Public Hearing in Jan, 2) CHLORIDE levels/road treatment

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.

CLPA 2018 Annual Meeting Results

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.

Town of Salem Water Source Informational Meeting

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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!

CLPA Board

Asian Clam has been reported by DES in Canobie Lake

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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.

Tracking Chloride (Salt) Levels in Canobie Lake

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:

Sept 2013 “A New Directive for CLPA

May 2014 “Our “New Directive” – Salt (Chloride) reduction and monitoring initiative”

May 2016 “Tracking Chloride (Salt) Levels in Canobie Lake”

June 2016 “Tracking Chloride (Salt) Levels in Canobie Lake”

Sept 2016 “Canobie Lake Chloride Testing Update”

May 2017 “Tracking Chloride (Salt) Levels in Canobie Lake”

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Additional Water Pipeline Update from Salem's Municipal Services Director

                     YOU ARE INVITED…PLEASE COME…

                  TO THIS VERY IMPORTANT MEETING with Roy Sorenson

                        ON “ADDITIONAL WATER SOURCE” FOR SALEM      

                May 10, 2018, 6 - 7 PM at Searles School and Chapel

 Salem's Municipal Services Director, Roy Sorenson, will be giving an update on how the additional water source for the southern NH communities is going.  This presentation is on May 10th starting at 6:00 pm at the Searles School and Chapel function hall.     This is a public meeting and open to all who are interested learning more.    The proposed Southern Route found in the Weston and Sampson water study report would not only help solve Salem’s need for additional water but adjacent communities for their future growth (Hampstead Area Water Company, towns of Windham, Hudson, Litchfield, and Derry). The CLPA along with The Arlington Pond Association has gone on record in support of the proposed Southern Route.      We hope you will join us at the meeting to learn more     and demonstrate support.   To help us with our headcount, PLEASE go to this link to indicate if you can join the meeting:  http://evite.me/gvX2P78yPu  

Salem's Municipal Services Director, Roy Sorenson, will be giving an update on how the additional water source for the southern NH communities is going.  This presentation is on May 10th starting at 6:00 pm at the Searles School and Chapel function hall.  


This is a public meeting and open to all who are interested learning more. 


The proposed Southern Route found in the Weston and Sampson water study report would not only help solve Salem’s need for additional water but adjacent communities for their future growth (Hampstead Area Water Company, towns of Windham, Hudson, Litchfield, and Derry).
The CLPA along with The Arlington Pond Association has gone on record in support of the proposed Southern Route. 


We hope you will join us at the meeting to learn more and demonstrate support.
To help us with our headcount, PLEASE go to this link to indicate if you can join the meeting: http://evite.me/gvX2P78yPu 

Fall Day on Canobie Lake 2017

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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

Like us!  https://www.facebook.com/CanobieLakeProtectiveAssociation

 

"SAFE YIELD"

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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.

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.