Every Acre Counts: The Newfound Watershed Management 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 550 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 Management Plan” is a multi-year, leading-edge master planning program for the entire watershed. The primary goal of this project is to unite the watershed towns 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.
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.)