The Lake Wentworth Foundation is made up of residents and landowners in the Lake Wentworth/Crescent Lake watershed as well as others who want to encourage the protection and preservation of the watershed’s lakes, streams, and critical habitats
The Foundation collaborates with local and state agencies in the collection and use of scientific data to support planning and implementation of stormwater mitigation efforts. Those activities are best exemplified by the successful pursuit of two grants totaling more $180,000 and used to develop and initiate implementation of a watershed-based management plan. The grants were awarded to a partnership of the Foundation, the Town of Wolfeboro, and the University of New Hampshire, by the NH Department of Environmental Services under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
For more information on the watershed plan, check the Watershed Plan tab.
As part of a broad commitment to outreach and education, the Foundation publishes and distributes information for use by residents and landowners to assist with shoreline buffering, stormwater management, and septic system maintenance.
Presently the Foundation owns and manages 10 parcels of of environmentally important land totaling more than 175 acres, and the Board of Trustees is committed to acquiring and preserving additional sensitive parcels as circumstances permit. For more information on the Foundation’s holdings, check the Our Properties tab.
The Internal Revenue Service has granted the Foundation tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, making contributions deductible on the donor’s federal tax return.
The Lake Wentworth Foundation and The Lake Wentworth Association
While the Lake Wentworth Association and the LWF are separate organizations, both groups seek to foster the preservation and protection of the lakes and their watershed. Each organization has a distinct and important mission.
The Foundation’s tax-exempt status prevents it from undertaking the kind of advocacy that the Association has traditionally taken on — and which is still very much needed. This includes helping ensure stable lake levels, guarding against unwise development efforts, and supporting enforcement of existing zoning and the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act.
Each organization supports distinct and important features of life around the lakes, and the lakeshore community is urged to support both.