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LWWMP Partners

Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association (LWWA)
Website: www.winnipesaukee.org

Lakes Region Planning Commission, Meredith, NH
Website: www.lakesrpc.org

New Hampshire Lakes Association
Website: www.nhlakes.org

Center for the Environment, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Website: www.plymouth.edu/cfe

NH Department of Environmental Services, Concord, NH
Website: www.des.state.nh.us

North Country Resource Conservation and Development
Website: www.nhrcd.net

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, Durham, NH
Website: extension.unh.edu

Belknap County Conservation District
Website: http://www.belknapccd.org/

Municipalities: Phase I - Meredith, Laconia, Gilford

Preparing a watershed management plan for Lake Winnipesaukee has challenged planners and decision makers for some time.

In addition to being the state’s largest water body and a significant economic force, its morphology is more a system of interconnected bays rather than a single cohesive body of water.

Each embayment has differing characteristics and land-based influences and in-lake responses to nutrient inputs. Thus, management should be done for each embayment, accounting for these characteristics.

The Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Management Plan website represents the combined efforts of many partners to forge a unique, subwatershed approach to create an effective, sustainable planning and implementation process using state-of-the-art information systems.

Rather than a hard copy to sit on a shelf, the web-based plan will conveniently store and retrieve information, maps, photos, on-going projects, water quality and site-restoration plans on a continuing basis, creating opportunities for students, professionals, and the general public to learn more about the watershed as the information is developed and released from credible sources.

In addition, the site will provide information on resource issues, recreational opportunities, fish & wildlife, land use and zoning, and more.

The initial plan to be developed by the project partners is the Meredith, Paugus, Saunders Bays Subwatershed Management Plan, Phase I. The plan and website is on track to be completed by december 2010.

The final outcome will be a comprehensive Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Management Plan, the implementation of which will result in achieving the goal of improving and sustaining the long term health of the watershed and the high quality water of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Funding for the first phase of the LWWMP comes from several sources, including section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the NH Department of Environmental Services.

Communication and Publicity
Adopt Winni

LWWMP Fact Sheet

LWWMP Watershed Management Plan Brochure
Upcoming Events
LRPC Calendar
Press Releases
Lake Monitors expand duties

Winnipesaukee Communities discuss water quality concerns

Post-Ice Out Sampling Results are in for Winnipesaukee

Concern aired as phosphorus taints lake

Latest LRPC News
Map of the Winnipesaukee River Watershed
(click to enlarge)
Watershed Map: click to enlarge


We have obtained start-up funding to initiate a management plan and a web site from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. We are also in the process of receiving additional assistance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Much more is needed and the LWWMP needs your ideas, financial support, and participation to make this vision and approach a reality. For additional information please contact the Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association or the Lakes Region Planning Commission.

View a Map of the Winnipesaukee River Watershed here or see map above.