The following presentation was made by Karen Burnett-Kurie, Executive Director of the Lake Wentworth Foundation, to attendees at the President’s Meeting of the Lake Wentworth Association on July 12, 2014.
Thank you for inviting me to your meeting and providing this opportunity to introduce myself and update you on the activities of the LWF.
It is a pleasure to get to know the LWA, the sister organization I have heard so much about. You are obviously the older and better known sister. Frequently when I introduce myself as the new Executive Director of the LWF, the response is something to the effect of: “That’s great. Welcome. I’m a member of the LWA. It’s a great organization.”
However, the Lake Wentworth Foundation is growing up and has changed a lot in the last five years. We’ve taken on new initiatives, including land conservation with stewardship of 11 important land parcels in the Lake Wentworth/Crescent Lake watershed, as well as working with the town and state in developing a Wentworth/Crescent watershed management plan.
This management plan is not sitting on a shelf. The LWF has been awarded a second grant that will result in best management solutions at three high-priority sites in the watershed: 1) behind Trites on Center Street; 2) along Route 109 near the State Park, where the road is very close to the lake shore; and 3) along South Main Street, where engineering design work will soon be under way to deal with stormwater that is presently flowing into Crescent.
You can get an idea of some of the work that will be done under the current $278,000 initiative if you check out the work being done for by Bartlett Tree on their new property on Center St. They have taken on the expense and effort of installing retention basins, riprap, and swales to slow and filter stormwater runoff, and they have also reduced the amount of impervious surface on the lot. We should all appreciate the work Bartlett is doing because we will all benefit from the resulting reduction of phosphorus, sediment, and other contaminants entering Fernald Brook.
Hiring an Executive Director is a big step forward for the LWF. The Board of Trustees recognized that the Foundation needed the focus and structure that an Executive Director would provide in order to keep growing and to stay on track for decreasing phosphorus in Lake Wentworth by 15% over the next 10 years. An Executive Director will help to build LWF collaboration with the town and other organizations such as the LWA; will expand water quality monitoring into the lake’s streams, and land conservation monitoring; and will pursue opportunities to conserve additional high-impact parcels in the watershed.
Of course, the hiring of an Executive Director, the setting up of an office, and additional programming requires additional financial resources. I would ask you to consider supporting the LWF’s efforts with a tax-exempt donation.
You can also do your part by creating vegetative buffers along your shoreline, eliminating the fertilizing of lawns (or considering alternatives to a lawn altogether), servicing your septic system regularly, and replacing it when needed, as well as properly maintaining your camp road and other impervious surfaces to manage stormwater runoff.
Finally, you can help by volunteering for watershed management projects or educational outreach, and attending upcoming programs.
Join the excitement and help us as we strive to maintain healthy waters as well as open lands in our watershed.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 603-534-0222. I also invite you to stop by the LWF office (over the liquor store in Clark Plaza) on any Monday or Wednesday to share your ideas and concerns. And you can attend our annual meeting August, 16, 2014, at the Wolfeboro Public Library.