WATERSHED SURVEY

We are pleased to announce that the Lovell Lake 2022 Watershed Report is nearly finalized, and a copy of the report is available as a PDF link below. Many thanks to our LLA volunteers, to landowners for their hospitality and encouragement and to AWWA for excellent guidance and production in putting this all together.

We all know that our lake is clear and clean for the most part, but the challenge before us is to keep it that way for future generations. The survey identified many sites throughout the watershed that threaten its present condition. Here is a quick summary of the findings:

– 37 sites were identified as having a high impact on water quality
– 88 sites were identified with medium impact
– 11 sites were identified with low impact

Of these 130+ sites, nearly 2/3 appear to require no cost or low-cost remediation efforts. The others are more involved, more technically challenging, and will have a greater estimated expense associated with them.

Letters have been sent to all participating members informing them if erosion issues were found on their property or not. If issues were found, members were provided with a summary of the findings and suggested remediation methods. Remediation actions, if any, are of course the choice of the property owner. Regarding the letters, to be frank, there is a bit of technical jargon in the findings so please feel free to reach out to the Lovell Lake Watershed Planning Committee folks at watershedsurvey@lovelllakenh.org for help in interpreting the findings.

Also, in case that you did not receive a letter from us please reach out and provide your name, the property owner’s name and the property address in your request.

We urge all property owners to read the report as it’s filled with useful information, helpful remediation options and best practices for all kinds of issues. We also want to stress the importance of addressing issues promptly should any be identified on your property and that there are resources available through AWWA and LLA to help with that. Thank you again to all those who assisted with this survey and thanks to everyone for helping to keep our lake as clean, clear and beautiful as we possibly can.

WATER QUALITY MONITORING

By Glenn and Stephanie Thornton

UNH Extension performs water quality testing on Lovell Lake every other Monday, May through early October, 8:30 – 10:30 AM.  UNH interns collect water samples from two areas of the lake.  Tests are conducted to determine if the water quality is improving or deteriorating over time.

We provide the interns access to our pontoon boat and assist with the testing.  Observers are always welcome.  We are usually available for this water testing but would like to have one or more volunteers, with a boat, to take the interns out for their testing if we are unavailable.  We can be contacted at 603-630-9206 or at waterquality@lovelllakeNH.org.

The 2021 Lovell Lake Water Quality monitoring report is now available! The Lovell Lake Association partners with UNH Lakes Lay Monitoring Program (LLMP) to sample the water quality of Lovell Lake May through early October.

To view current Lovell Lake water quality data, visit: 2021 Lovell Lake Water Quality Sampling Highlights

To view historical Lovell Lake water quality data, visit: Lakes Lay Monitoring Program Reports

Erich Berghahn, an employee of the UNH Lakes Lay Monitoring Program (LLMP), is using an instrument to measure temperatures at various depths in the water column. Glenn Thornton is recording the data. Photo by Amy Arsenault, AWWA

Stephanie Thornton is using a Secchi disc to measure the water transparency. Photo by Amy Arsenault, AWWA

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