What to do if you think you've spotted an exotic weed or plant in the water! First you can look at some identifying pictures here. Then if you think you have one and want confirmation you can send in a picture or sample to Energy and Environmental Affairs for confirmation.
One of the most important water quality programs for Lake Monomonac is New Hampshire's Volunteer Lake Assessment Program (VLAP) The program is headed by Lourdis Gray and other volunteers on the lake. This has been very educational and is a vital program to monitor and protect the quality of our lake water. After reviewing the Latest Annual Report and observing a larger than usual growth in development over the past few years, I am nervous about the delicate balance between a quality and an undesirable lake condition. However, I am confident that if we all work together as a community that we can improve the quality of Lake Monomonac’s water, which is linked to many other lake issues, including toxic algae blooms, extensive weed growth, recreational value and you guessed it PROPERTY VALUE.
Here is a list of 10 things all of us can practice to improve the quality of the lake water.
All of these items are common sense when you think about it, yet you will see all of them happening on a daily basis on the lake. As development continues and more people discover our lake it will become increasingly important for people to follow these simple rules.
You can do your part by continuing to communicate and educate. The volunteers that participate in the VLAP will continue to monitor the lake quality and keep you informed of changes and trends in our water quality. If you would like to take it a step further and participate in the water sampling process please contact Lorraine Gauthier. We could really use somebody with a pontoon boat to drive to sampling locations. Testing is done 3 times in the summer, usually Monday morning. There is also a request from the state of NH for volunteers to monitor weed growth. If you are interested in volunteering for this program visit http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/exoticspecies/weed_watcher.htm. This is highly recommended if you have new or more than usual weed growth near your property and you want to find out what it is.