From the Executive Director’s Desk

April 22, 2016

Dear Watershed Friends,

Greetings from the Foundation office!  As I write today, people around the world are celebrating Earth Day 2016!  How far we have come since 1970 and the first Earth Day, when 20 million Americans joined voices coast-to-coast, demonstrating for a clean, sustainable environment.  Within the year, the Clean Air Act was passed and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed.  

Today, there is tough news to digest—climate change, deforestation, water shortages and pollution, challenging environmental politics.  It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. 

But the good news is striking, as well.  This month, I attended the Ninth Annual Saving Special Places conference, joining hundreds of environmentalists from New Hampshire to hone our skills in land stewardship and water conservation. The energy was palpable, the presenters expert, the trends hopeful.  We are not alone in our work.

Here in our watershed, we have vital projects underway, guided by the Watershed Management Plan—a collaborative effort by the Foundation, the Town of Wolfeboro, the State of New Hampshire, and UNH.  Foremost is the challenge to reduce phosphorus in our lakes by 15%.  Good steps have begun, but there is much to be done.  We will announce a major initiative in June.

To widen our circle of conservationists, we have launched Water & Wave, our new e-newsletter.  We have 500 recipients but hope to reach every member of our watershed community so we can join together to protect these waters for all those who follow us.  If you have not received the newsletter, please register at the Foundation website:

Finally, we need your help!  Your time, talent and treasure will strengthen and sustain our work. You can donate online on our web site or send a check in the enclosed envelope.  Thank you for considering a gift.

Robert W. Cole
Executive Director