Kezar Lake Assessment

Colby-Sawyer College third-year environmental science students with Prof. Harvey Pine, gave their Kezar Lake Assessment Mid-Project Presentation in early December both in person at the college and broadcast on Zoom. They have published a Kezar Lake Watershed Analysis Newsletter this winter, as well. The Zoom reproduction can be found in the newsletter or here.


 
News bulletin from the third-year environmental studies class at Colby-Sawyer College:
 
Hello KLPA! 

 

We are excited to continue working on our educational deliverable on landscaping and community outreach project. We wanted to update you on the work we have been doing thus far this semester. We decided to focus on encouraging community members to participate in the NH LakeSmart Program. The NH LakeSmart Program is a part of the charitable non-profit organization NH LAKES whose mission has been to keep New Hampshire’s lakes clean and healthy since 1992. The NH LakeSmart program is a free, voluntary, educational opportunity for property owners to be evaluated on their lake-friendly living practices. 

The first step of the program is for homeowners within the watershed to take the completely confidential online self-assessment. The assessment only takes about 15 minutes to complete and includes questions regarding driveways, parking areas, structures, wastewater treatment systems, yard and play areas, and for properties along the water, the shoreline and shallow water areas of the lake. Upon completion of the online self-assessment, homeowners who do not initially achieve LakeSmart status will be provided with a personalized follow-up report with tips and recommendations on how they can improve their property to be more lake-friendly.

 

The next step is to request a free and confidential follow-up site visit from a LakeSmart evaluator, after implementing the lake-friendly improvements provided in the personalized follow-up report. These visits take about an hour and will determine if a property is ready for the LakeSmart Award. Owners of properties that have achieved LakeSmart status will be awarded two LakeSmart yard signs and a dock sign (if applicable). More information can be found here: LakeSmart: A Lake-Friendly Living Program - NH LAKES 

 

We plan on hosting a “field-day” to educate community members about proper landscaping practices in the watershed, as a part of our community outreach project, with a tentative date of April 9th . We will be teaming up with members of the LakeSmart program to educate and assess the property of a given volunteer. This would include a walk-through of the property and a Q&A session at the end with suggestions. We have reached out to the Lake Smart Team, and they have happily agreed to help us out.  

Leading up this event, we will be sending out biweekly emails of encouragement suggesting that property owners take part in the LakeSmart Online Self-Assessment to learn more about lake-friendly landscaping practices. These emails will also include reminders of the “field-day” trip and that we are seeking a volunteer for the land assessment.

 

We look forward to this project and we hope you do too.  

 

Thank you,  

CSC Community Based Class 21-22 

 

Don't miss the Colby -Sawyer Environmental Studies Class's

Kezar Lake Assessment Mid-Project Presentation:

Click here to view the PowerPoint on YouTube. 
For the Kezar Lake Watershed Analysis
newsletter, click here. 

The Colby-Sawyer class is working with the Kezar Lake Protective Association on this lake assessment, conducting water quality tests and providing community outreach opportunities. The public is encouraged to volunteer with the project, attend classes to learn more about methods, goals and results of the ongoing study group. Upcoming workshops will include landscaping with watershed protection in mind. For more information, contact us. Highlights in the presentation include historical context of the phosphorus overload on Kezar last century with the restoration timeline, chemical levels at all testing points on the lake and in the watershed tributaries, and project goals for the upcoming semester.







 
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