Why we care about the watershed

Look…It’s a bowl… it’s a slope…NO, it’s a watershed…

For this article two Wolfeboro residents involved in the creation, development and implementation of the Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake Watershed Management Plan were interviewed.

“It’s a bowl” is the description from Richard Masse, Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake Management Plan Steering Committee member. He further elaborates when describing a watershed, “It’s a bowl of land that feeds the streams and rivers that empty into lakes. It’s all about the water.” As in a bowl, all the water runs downhill to the lowest point in the watershed.

For Kathy Barnard, Chair of the Wolfeboro Planning Board, “we have to look beyond the shorefront, we have to see the whole slope”. She is talking about the slope of land leading down to the lake. Watersheds begin at high lands where water collects in wetlands, ponds or rivulets. From these headwaters the water flows downhill forming streams, then brooks and rivers, and finally into lakes and the ocean. Continue reading

Bartlett project aims to intercept Fernald-bound pollutants

NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles relating news and information about caring for the Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake watershed.

“It seems to be going according to plan.” That’s the verdict on the storm water abatement project recently completed at Bartlett’s Tree Experts on Center Street in Wolfeboro, according to Kirk Titus, Local Manager and ISA Certified Arborist.

Water runoff from their two acre parking lot and building roof used to go untreated into Fernald Brook before entering Lake Wentworth.

Now it is treated but only in the most natural of ways. The runoff, including salt, silt and other waste products such as oil residue and trash get shunted into a series of infiltration pits, drainage ditches, and dams, similar to speed bumps, that slow the flow.

This process allows sediments, residue and trash to settle before going into the brook, provides roots and grasses that help purify the runoff, and prevents soil erosion on the slopes between the parking lot and the stream.

The design for the project came from Land Tech in Ossipee and was constructed by Fred H. Antonucci’s earthworks and excavation firm, Earth Movers, in Wolfeboro.

It’s hard to visualize how much water is slowed, contained and cleaned from the Bartlett facility before leaving the property and entering into Fernald Brook. A one inch rainfall produces about 54,000 gallons of water on the impervious surfaces at the facility. Using Wolfeboro’s average rainfall of 45.5 inches per year, this means 1,235,507 gallons of runoff are now being treated. Continue reading

Two new trustees join Foundation board

The Lake Wentworth Foundation welcomed two new trustees at its August 2014 annual meeting. Each was elected to a three-year term.

Joining the board are Maggie Stier of Wolfeboro and Bob Cole of Concord and Wolfeboro. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board, as evidenced by their bios.

Maggie Stier

Maggie Stier has been coming to Lake Wentworth all her life; her grandparents and great grandparents lived in Wolfeboro, and her parents owned a camp on Lake Wentworth for nearly 50 years, selling in 2009. She recently moved to Wolfeboro year-round.

Maggie is a historian and educator and currently works for the NH Preservation Alliance as statewide field service representative. She served as founding executive director of the Fells Historic Estate and Garden on Lake Sunapee, as curator at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, and as an NEH Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

She has a long history of volunteer activity that includes: advisor to the Friends of the Wolfeboro Town Hall, board member with the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund and the Friends of the Libby Museum, and appointed member of the N.H. State Parks System Advisory Council.

Maggie is the author of numerous publications and presentations, many focusing on landscape history. She holds degrees from Vassar College (B.A. in American Studies), Boston University (M.A. in American and New England Studies), and Antioch New England (M.Ed. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Environmental Education). She is an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University.

Bob Cole

Bob Cole is the son of Don and Tootie Cole, Governor’s Shore residents since 1958. He was raised and educated at Phillips Exeter but cites Camp Belknap as the institution that most shaped his leadership skills and conservation ethic. He was a camper, counselor, program director and eventual board member at Belknap.

After majoring in English & Studio Art at Williams, Bob taught English for 28 years, including a long run at The Derryfield School, where he was English Department Chair and Girls’ Soccer Coach and where he ran the Visiting Writers’ Program and literary magazine. He often taught a literature elective called “Water.” Along the way, he earned a master’s degree from UNH.

Since 2009, he has been a partner at Blue Heron Consulting Group and managed the Farm Island Campaign for Belknap, securing much of the last undeveloped island on Winnipesaukee, as well as raising funds for two green buildings and endowment. His contract was extended to launch a new alumni and advancement program, including key initiatives: a relational database, e-newsletter, regional Service Days, Belknap at the Ballpark, Chief Masqua’s Band (alumni elders), and The White Pines Society (planned giving).

Bob loves canoeing, hiking, skating, writing, reading and art — and is a terminal member of Red Sox Nation. He splits his time between Concord, NH, and Wolfeboro. His three children — Maddie, Sam and Becky — love days at Wentworth.

Dam management will assist Back Bay milfoil treatement

The Crescent Lake dam is currently open about halfway in order to bring water levels in Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake down about six to eight inches. The effort is intended to provide a buffer against any sudden jump in lake levels because of weather in the second week of September.

That’s when the Town of Wolfeboro will be applying milfoil treatment to Back Bay. During the treatment period, which is expected to run from about September 9 to 15, the Crescent Lake dam will be completely closed in order to prevent currents from the Smith River from washing away treatment chemicals in Back Bay.

In past years, water rushing into Back Bay from the Smith River has diminished the effectiveness of milfoil treatments.

Questions about dam management can be addressed to Shaun Berry of Holden Shore.

The youngest generation steps up to protect the lakes

This note arrived at the Lake Wentworth Foundation last week:

“The enclosed checks include $50 from our granddaughter, Lilah Beldner. The $50* represents proceeds of a bake sale Lilah held to help encourage awareness of protecting Lake Wentworth’s water quality. Besides selling baked goods, Lilah also distributed dried algae gathered from our family’s efforts to remove algae from our swimming area on Governor’s shore”

*It includes one $25 donation from one of her customers.

Submitted by Lilah’s proud grandparents, the Clarks

The Lake Wentworth Foundation is thrilled to be the beneficiary of this wonderful effort to both educate others and raise funds. Thank you, Lilah.