Loon Chicks and the Lake Wentworth Foundation

Two loon chicks were hatched in a nest in the swamp near Point of Pines. They have been seen on the back of the mother near Governor’s Rocks. BE CAREFUL as you drive your boat, watch out for loons! Also, Karen Burnett-Kurie, the new Executive Director of the Lake Wentworth Foundation spoke at the July 12 LWA meeting. We need to get to know this “sister” organization because they provide funding to protect our lake with the purchase of sensitive properties and studies of our watershed. The have stewardship of eleven important land parcels in the Lake Wentworth/Crescent Lake watershed as well as working with the town and state in developing a watershed management plan.

The work that they are doing is moving forward with action on the watershed management plan including 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 where the road is very close to the lake shore near the State Park and 3) the engineering design work for storm water that is presently flowing into Crescent Lake from south main street.

You can get an idea of some of the work that will be done under the next $278,000 initiative if you check out the work in progress 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 storm water runoff and have also reduced the amount of impervious surface. 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 Lake Wentworth Foundation. Its Board recognized that they needed the focus and structure that an Executive Director would provide in order to keep growing and on track for decreasing phosphorus in Lake Wentworth by 15% over the next ten years. An Executive Director will help to build upon LWF collaborations with the town and other organizations such as the LWA; expand water quality monitoring into the lake’s streams and land conservation monitoring; and pursue opportunities to conserve additional high impact parcels in the watershed. Of course this move to an ED, office and more programming requires additional financial resources. Please consider supporting LWF’s efforts with a tax exempt donation. (Note that the LWA is actually not a tax exempt organization so the LWF is important for people who want to make donations to help our lake.

The LWF office is (over the liquor store in Clark Plaza) and Karen is there on Monday or Wednesday to share your ideas and concerns. You could also attend the annual LWF meeting August, 16, 2014 at the Wolfeboro Public Library or help us by volunteering for watershed management projects or educational outreach, and attending upcoming programs. Do you part by creating buffers along your shoreline, eliminating fertilizing your lawn (or consider alternatives to your lawn all together), service your septic system regularly and replace when needed, and properly maintain your camp road and other impervious surfaces to effectively manage storm water run-off.

You can contact Karen at karenbk@lakewentworth foundation.org; or call 603-534-0222 if you want to help or know more about the Lake Wentworth Foundation.