Newfound watershed Towns have expressed concern about NHDES response times to complaints that fall under NHDES jurisdiction (typically Wetlands related: Wetlands, Shoreland, Alteration of Terrain projects and permits). The document to the right summarizes current and long-term challenges and recommendations to "get the best bang for your regulatory buck".
The map to the right displays the extent and distribution of buildings in the Newfound Lake Watershed for 1981 (yellow dots) and 2008 (red dots), based on review of 1987 USGS maps and 2008 aerial photography. This is a reconnaissance-level analysis only to demonstrate relative growth rates and patterns over this time period.
(Map was prepared by Dan Sundquist of the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests, a collaborator with the Newfound Lake Region Association on the Every Acre Counts watershed master plan.)
EPA and DES Approve Phase II Newfound Watershed Project
Project technical partners include scientist Bob Craycraft of the University of New Hampshire's Center for Freshwater Biology (lake and stream sampling, culvert assessment design, and Quality Assurance Project Plans); Dr. Brian Eisenhauer of Plymouth State University's Center for the Environment (communications and Community Based Social Marketing strategy); and Dan Sundquist of the Society for Protection of NH Forests (land use analysis, Geographic Information System support, data analysis, communications and graphics). Other key partners include the NH Department of Environmental Services, the NH Department of Fish and Game, NH Department of Forests and Lands, and watershed Towns, businesses and citizens.
This 30-month project will receive roughly $128,000 in federal funds and contribute nearly $110,000 in partner and volunteer labor match. Combined with the Watershed Master Plan Volumes I and II, completed in October 2009, total investment to preserve Newfound Lake and its watershed will be $312,000 in federal funds and roughly $300,000 of labor match over a five-year period. The ultimate goal of Every Acre Counts is to protect the quality of the Newfound Region's water, through sustainable use of our shared natural resources.
For additional information about this project, and to learn how to become involved, please contact Boyd (NLRA.Boyd@Metrocast.net) or Nikki (NLRA.Nikki@Metrocast.net), or come to our Volunteer Sign-up at The Mill Fudge Factory in Bristol from 5-7 pm on May 7th
Listen to NHPR's Amy Quinton reporting on the progress of Every Acre Counts.
Every Acre Counts: The Newfound Watershed Master Plan.
The Newfound Lake watershed collects rain and snowmelt that flows to streams, lakes and ponds, to the Newfound and Pemigewasset Rivers, and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean. The watershed is 63,150 acres of generally steep, geographically and biologically diverse terrain, ranging from roughly 500 feet elevation on Newfound Lake to nearly 3,000 feet at the rocky summit of Mt. Cardigan. Home to some of the richest natural habitat in New Hampshire, the Newfound area is known as a place of incredible natural beauty by residents and visitors with generations of deep personal connections to the area.
“Every Acre Counts: The Newfound Watershed Master Plan” is a multi-year, leading-edge master planning program for the entire watershed. Due to be completed by late 2009, the primary goal of this project is to unite the nine towns touched by the watershed to create cohesive and effective strategies that balance future growth with natural resource protection.
This section of the Newfound Lake Region Association’s web site is designed to share information related to the Newfound Lake watershed with all stakeholders. We invite your participation in making the Master Plan a powerful tool for the long-term future of the Newfound Lake region.