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How I live on the landscape in the Wentworth and Crescent watershed

The Lake Wentworth Foundation’s Annual Meeting, 9:00 am Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Wolfeboro Public Library, will feature a talk by Steve Landry of the NH Department of Environmental Services. He will be talk about:

How is my diet and how I live on the landscape in the Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake watershed related to one another?

Is it true that our lakes are aging at an accelerated pace due to the poor “diet” we force them to digest? Are there really analogies between heart health and lake health?

Although not a doctor, Steve Landry, Merrim33970453Tack Watershed Supervisor from NHDES has seen plenty on TV and he is prepared to answer these questions and then provide attendees with a prescription for heart, lake and watershed-healthy living. Well, sort of. In truth, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has for many years encouraged states and others to develop watershed plans to help protect and restore our waters.

Due to the complex and diffuse nature of nonpoint source pollution, the substantial costs to address it, and frequent reliance on voluntary action by individual landowners, successfully addressing nonpoint source pollution to achieve water quality standards often requires years of support from a coalition of stakeholders, programs, and funding sources. Watershed planning helps address water quality problems in a holistic manner by fully assessing the potential contributing causes and sources of pollution, then prioritizing restoration and protection strategies to address these problems.

Your Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake Watershed Management Plan provides this recommended, holistic guidance for improving the water quality of Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake so that future generations will continue to enjoy these lakes in the same way we enjoy them today. Many of the initiatives in your plan will be carried out through partnerships with the Town of Wolfeboro and land owners to install stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) so that pollutant load reductions can be measured as progress toward your water quality goal of a 15% in-lake phosphorus reduction established in the plan. So, how can you do your part to extend the life of Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake? Tune in on August 15th and get your “prescription” filled for healthy watershed habits!