The Lake Host Program was created by the NH Department of Environmental Services in response to the threat of milfoil, a feathery weed that is wildly invasive and difficult to eradicate once it infects a lake. Now a variety of weeds and animals such as zebra mussels have come to our attention that are very easy to hitchhike among lakes on boats and trailers. The program has ramped up to include identification aids & training to counteract many threats.
The NH Lakes Association (NHLA) administers the Lake Host Program through a grant received from the state of NH; lake associations throughout the state partner with NHLA to hire and train paid staff and volunteers to check boats and educate boaters about keeping their gear free of aquatic pollutants. KLPA members contribute funds to match this grant each year.
The Clean/Drain/Dry bill was passed by the NH Legislature in 2017. This law requires boaters take measures to make sure even microscopic invasives won't have a chance to get into a lake by cleaning, draining and then drying all boats that come in through the public access point.
Lead Fishing Tackle When people are going fishing on Kezar, lake hosts also check to be sure no lead tackle is being used. Deadly lead lures are too often swallowed by loons, eagles and other birds; getting lead out of the environment is of tremendous importance and the NH Congress is on top of this with loon-protective legislation passed recently. There are now many good non-toxic alternatives to lead. KLPA provides trade-ins free of charge.
Lake Host Wendy Gilker meets canoeist, Al Hansen, at the Horse Beach access ramp on Kezar Lake.
Weed Watcher Program
KLPA seeks volunteers to take part in the NH DES Weed Watcher Program. On the shore or by boat, you'll be on the lookout for any exotic plants that may find their way into the lake. Training is provided by DES, and weed watchers spend a few hours each month during warm weather looking for intruders. Monitoring consistently is important in order to detect any changes in ordinary plant life and to check on anything that could be invasive. With photos and email, it is easier to get a quick answer than previously from the lab at Colby-Sawyer College or NH DES. Contact the NH Exotic Species Program and become a Volunteer Weed Watcher!
"Our goal is to prevent non-native animal & plant species, as well as contaminants like phosphorus & lead, from ever entering Kezar Lake."