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.

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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

Good news! Lakes recovering from acid rain

Whatever happened to acid rain?  Remember how we used to talk about how our lakes were getting more acid, and fish couldn't reproduce, etc. ?  There's good news to share. Acid rain is diminishing, and our lakes in New England are cleaning up from it. Quote from a recent research study:

“This is really good news for New England. Lakes are accelerating in their recovery from the past effects of acid rain. Our data clearly demonstrate that cleaning up air pollution continues to have the desired effect of improving water quality for our region’s lakes,” said NHAES researcher William McDowell, professor of environmental science and director of the NH Water Resources Research Center.

Accidental Water Discharge from I-93

On Thursday, July 18, a large amount of water was released from the I-93 construction project.  It flowed through a cross pipe under I-93, and then followed a stream channel down hill to a culvert under South Shore Road, adjacent to #46 South Shore Road.  When it emerged from that culvert, it went straight into Canobie Lake. Eyewitnesses reported that the water was dirty and very smelly - it smelled like sewage.  The flow was so great that the culvert couldn't handle it.  The water rose behind the culvert, and flowed over the top of South Shore Road.  Dave Blake, one of our CLPA directors, observed the incident and recorded videos. The incident occurred about noon.  It was not raining at the time. The high flow condition continued for twenty or thirty minutes.

Water Sampling and Weed Watcher Training on Saturday June 2

The NH Department of Environmental Services is offering free training

for lake water sampling and for identifying exotic, and native, aquatic plants (weeds).  The workshops will be held in Concord NH, on Saturday, June 2, from 8:30-12 in the morning.

The water sampling training is essential for participating in the Volunteer Lake Assessment Program, which the CLPA has done for the past ten years.  Most of our water samplers have retired, or moved away, so we need new ones. The Weed Watcher program is important for early identification of invasive weeds, if any, entering Canobie Lake.  Our best chance of preventing spread is to catch it early.  Volunteer watchers are needed.

These workshops are well-organized and present a lot of good information.  They are an opportunity to meet the DES subject-matter experts.  And you can ask them any questions you may have.  I'm planning to attend.  If you would like to go also, send me an email at:  wesCLPA@myfairpoint.net .  Or, you can check the DES web site, and register there.

I hope to see you there,

Bill Schroeder

Canobie Lake Protective Ordinance Passes in Windham

We Won!!  The Canobie Lake Watershed Protection Ordinance passed in Windham, by a vote of 1659 to 941, according to the Windham Patch. Our sincere thanks to all of you who worked for its passage, and all of the townspeople who voted for it.  It reflects well on the people of Windham.  It says we're willing to take the necessary steps to protect our precious natural resources, specifically our beloved Canobie Lake.

The Board of Directors

Vote Yes - Citizens Petition #3

The CLPA Board has filed a citizens petition for the Town of Windham  election on March 13, 2012. We are asking that the Windham voters enact an ordinance protecting Canobie Lake.  For simplicity, we are asking them to extend the same rules of the 2010 Cobbetts Pond Watershed Protection Ordinance to include Canobie Lake.  This step was recommended by our engineer consultant, in his watershed study as presented at our annual meeting last July and has the support of the Windham Planning Board with a 7-0 vote. We're happy to report that we have talked with a subcommittee of the Windham Economic Development Committee, and they have decided to support the ordinance.  They have some concerns about implementation, and we have agreed to cooperate with them and all involved groups, to improve the ordinance if needed.

We have received strong letters of support for the ordinance.  One is from the president of the NH Lakes Association.  Another is from the NH Department of Environmental Services.  And another is from the Director of the Salem Public Works Department. Please click on the links below to read the letters of support.

Russell LOS for Canobie

20111212 LOS DES to Windham

NHLakes LOS Canobie WPO

Remember, we need your help in our campaign! Please talk to your friends and neighbors to get out the vote in support of protecting our wonderful natural resource, Canobie Lake.  Encourage everyone you know to be sure to cast their vote on March 13th and, especially, to vote YES for the citizens petition to extend the Cobbetts Pond Watershed Ordinances to include Canobie Lake.   Here is a list of reasons to vote in favor of our petition.

                                                             WHY VOTE TO EXTEND

                                        THE COBBETTS POND WATERSHED ORDINANCE

                                                     TO INCLUDE CANOBIE LAKE?

To preserve and protect the quality of the water in Canobe Lake   Currently, Canobie Lake is  an exceptional (class A) natural resource and drinking water reservoir for the town of Salem. 78% of Canobie Lake’s Watershed is in the Town of Windham and would be protected by this ordinance.

To comply with the 2005 Windham Master Plan  It identifies the “need to improve water supply protection efforts”.

To insure that “storm water runoff” does not contribute to deterioration of water quality

The “watershed” of Canobie Lake is that area around the lake where storm waters from rain and runoff eventually feed into the lake.  Storm water runoff is the greatest contributor of pollutants and contaminants.

To prevent a situation where expensive restoration would be needed  Cobbett's Pond restoration is estimated to cost $4 million.

To manage conscientious development while not preventing development within the watershed  The Cobbett's Pond Watershed Ordinance was overwhelmingly voted for and has proven to be successful.

To minimize impervious surfaces within the watershed  The greatest contributing factor to deterioration of water quality is an increase in impervious surfaces within the watershed.  Any such increase would prevent water to filter through the ground before feeding into the lake. Ordinances limiting any increase in impervious surfaces will help protect and maintain the current water quality.

Thank you for helping to preserve and protect Canobie Lake.   Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

 The CLPA Board of Directors