General

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.

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

Ice Safety - Be Careful Out There

It's been a strange winter for ice on Canobie Lake.  Sheltered coves began to freeze in early January, but other parts froze later and the main part of the lake still has open water.  So the ice thickness is not uniform.  It may be thick enough to support you near the shore, but not a little farther out.

Last weekend (January 30 & 31) the air temperature went up into the fifties, and there was considerable ice melting.  The usual advice is that 4 inches of ice is thick enough to support individuals, but that's for clear ice.  Ice that has melted and refrozen may be weaker than that.  Be careful.  Err on the side of safety.

Welcome to Canobie Lake Brochure

The Canobie Lake Protective Association has just published its first Welcome brochure. It contains lots of useful information about the lake, and photos of its natural beauty, peacefulness, and opportunities for enjoyment. It also has information about protecting and preserving the lake, and restrictions that apply. We hope this will answer questions that visitors and new residents have, and inspire them to Love the Lake, as we do.

Ledgeview Project Canceled!

In a somewhat surprising development it was announced on Wednesday, January 13 that Ryan Development, LLC, is no longer authorized to represent the owner of the property where the Ledgeview project was to take place. The town of Windham was asked to withdraw all the pending applications by Ryan regarding this project.

 

This is good news! Ledgeview was going to be a very dense shopping center, which did not come close

Large Developments in the Canobie Lake Watershed

There are two large commercial developments being proposed in Windham that are located near Exit 3 in the Canobie Lake watershed.  One is Gateway Park, located at the site of the former golf course and driving range at the intersection of Route 111 and 111A.  The other is Ledgeview, located between the new alignment of 111A and the northbound lanes of I-93, in what was formerly the median of I-93.  Each project is about 30 acres in size.

 

The CLPA Board is concerned that these projects could adversely affect Canobie Lake,

We're back online!

The Canobie Lake website is operational again.  Sorry that we were offline for several weeks.  Our website was hacked by an unknown intruder, so we took it offline for your protection.  We hired a company (WebUNITED) to rebuild it and install it on a different server, which we believe will be more secure.  It will take us a while to replace all the information that was on the old site.  We will be replacing content for several more weeks.  Thanks for your patience!

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.

Robie Parsons from NH Lakes to be Guest Speaker at CLPA meeting

Robie Parsons, the program coordinator for this summer's Lake Conservation Corps project at Canobie Lake will be speaking about the project at the CLPA Annual Meeting on July 20, at 10 AM.  This project involves local high school students doing landscaping projects which demonstrate the best methods for protecting the water quality of the lake, while at the same time achieving attractive and functional landscaping.  Robie will describe several projects which are planned for the Canobie Lake watershed this summer. She will answer questions about these projects, and landscaping projects you may be thinking about. Robie is with the NH Lakes Association, which has developed the Lake Conservation Corps.  The Canobie Lake Protective Association is partnering with NH Lakes for this summer's projects.  Funding is provided by a grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services.

Boating Safety

Summer is here and boating activity is increasing.  It seems a good time to mention a couple of safety tips. Sometimes we see children on pontoon boats outside the protective railing.  This is not permitted when the boat is underway.  It could lead to a terrible accident.  If the child (or adult) fell over, the boat would likely run over them before the driver could stop the motor.  Please don't allow anyone outside the railing when the boat is underway.

All boats, including canoes and kayaks, are required to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise, and in periods of restricted visibility such as fog or heavy rain.  Be aware that the official time is sunset and sunrise, not "when it's really dark".  Boaters are ticketed when they don't turn their lights on at sunset.  More importantly, acidents happen when boats can't be seen.  We have noticed canoes out watching the fireworks from the Park, without any lights, and it's very scary.

Children under 6 must wear a life jacket at all times.  It is strongly recommended that children of all ages wear their life jackets.

Be careful out there.

Man Drowns in Canobie Lake

We're saddened to report that one of our neighbors, David Mason of 7 Prescott Road, drowned in Canobie Lake on June 21.  According to the newspaper report he was by himself near his dock at around 7 PM, and may have gone in for a swim. We'd like to express our condolences to his family and friends.

This sad incident is a reminder that, although the lake is beautiful to look at, it can be dangerous.  We need to use appropriate caution at all times.

Zero Phosphorus Lawn Fertilizers

The NH Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act permits only low-phosphorus lawn fertilizers in the protected shoreland, and no fertilizer at all within 25 feet of the lake.  The reason is that phosphorus is the limiting nutrient in NH lakes.  More phosphorus leads to more algae, and more weeds.  Fortunately, most NH soils have enough phosphorus already to grow good grass without adding any more. There's nothing lower than zero!  And currently there are a lot of Zero phosphorus lawn fertilizers on the market.  Look for a fertilizer with a zero middle number, for example 36-0-4 (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potash).  Recently at Cyr Lumber in Windham we saw the following:

Scotts Super TurfBuilder with crabgrass preventer  36-0-4

Green Turf Winterizer 24-0-12

Ace Green Turf 29-0-3

Ace Green Turf with crabgrass preventer 36-0-4

Scotts 4-Step  32-0-12

If you mention at Cyr that you are from the Canobie Lake Protective Association, you'll get a 10 percent discount off the Scotts fertilizer.

Walmart and Dodge Grain in Salem also carry Zero phosphorus fertilizers, both Scotts and their house brands.  They are likely available at other retailers, too.

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