Welcome to the website of the Northwood Lake Watershed Association. Through our website, we seek to keep members, non-members and all those who care about Northwood Lake and its watershed informed and involved in maintaining and enhancing the health and beauty of this precious waterbody.
Call To Action For Northwood, Deerfield and Epsom Residents... Please Support the Fight Against Invasive Milfoil!
Variable milfoil is an invasive aquatic plant. Currently, it has spread to 79 waterbodies in New Hampshire, including Northwood Lake, a valuable resource shared by the towns of Deerfield, Epsom and Northwood. The infestation of milfoil in Northwood lake is the biggest threat to our waters and could significantly impact taxpayers in all three towns due to millions of dollars in reduced property taxes, removal expenses and lost tourism dollars.
The NLWA has spent a great deal of time and effort over the years working to protect the health of Northwood Lake and its watershed from the unchecked spread of invasive aquatic species, including variable milfoil. We have been making a coordinated effort to educate and work closely with the Boards of Selectmen in Northwood, Deerfield and Epsom in hopes of securing economic support from the towns for what is looking to be an expensive road ahead. All three towns have warrant articles that will be presented to you, their citizens, in the upcoming March 2015 elections. Without that support, the financial burden of the fight against invasives may very well threaten the very existence of the NLWA itself. For the next couple of years, we will most likely be faced with using both diver harvesting as well as chemical treatment in order to regain the upper hand. I urge all taxpayers who are concerned about the health of the watershed (and their pocket books) to vote in support of their town’s anti-milfoil budgeting effort.
Impact– What the milfoil problem means to you
• Displaces native plants and reduces biodiversity.
• Congests and suffocates the waterbody by decreasing oxygen levels, eradicating fish and other wildlife.
• Impairs public use of waterways (boating, swimming, and fishing). Heavy milfoil growth causes entanglement of boats and motors in thick weed beds, causes problems for fishermen, and represents a nuisance and potential danger to swimmers. The plant breaks apart easily due to wave action caused by boaters, swimmers, fishermen and wildlife. These fragments drift to new areas of the lake, where they settle to the bottom and root. Left untreated, the plants will take over, grow upwards and spread across the surface of the water.
• Significant reduction in property values... this will affect all property owners, even those who do not live directly on the water. Waterfront property owners pay a significantly higher level of taxes and a reduction in their property values will impact the entire tax bases in our three towns. A 2003 University of New Hampshire analysis indicates that infestations of an exotic aquatic weed, specifically variable milfoil (Myriophyllum heterophyllum), may reduce lakefront property values by as much as 20-40% as compared to similar properties on uninfested lakes.
• Lost tourism dollars... New Hampshire’s lakes bring in many visitors who pay millions of dollars to visit and make use of our waters. If the quality of the water lessens, fewer people will visit. A total of 61% of anglers, boaters and swimmers say they would decrease their intended visits to the Lakes Region if water clarity and purity grew poor(er). Of those who would decrease their intended visits, 27% would leave the state and 18% would leave the region.
• Reduced population of local boaters, fishermen, water-skiers, and swimmers able to use Northwood Lake. You and your neighbors that use the lake will have to travel to other, non-infested waterbodies... costing time, travel and money.
Remember, it takes a village... or in this case three! Please come out in March and support your town’s budget/warrant article to help the NLWA control this clear and present danger to our lake and its watershed. The NLWA would like to thank the members of the Northwood, Deerfield and Epsom Boards of Selectmen for recognizing the seriousness of this issue and for their help in putting this matter before you, the voters. Without this vital support, we may lose the lake to this insidious invasive for both our use and that of our children... that is a future that can only be avoided with your support... NOW.
Kevin Ash, President
Northwood Lake Watershed Association
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