For last minute tickets (after July 7) call
Lyle Foley at (774) 261-0674. Cost is $20 per person.
Here's the best opportunity all summer to see your neighbors!
Bring your own beverages (soda or whatever) ...most of us prefer "whatever", and remember cups and ice. As for the past two years, the food (donated by Camp Spofford) will be prepared by caterers, Foard and Hardy. If you have time, we request that you make a favorite dessert to share with all.
To clarify memberships that include dinner tickets:
Eagle membership includes 6 tickets,
Osprey membership includes 4 tickets,
and Great Blue Heron includes 2 tickets.
Early Lake Level Drawdown September 1
The Selectboard, at DOT request, has agreed to an early drawdown of the lake level in 2014. Drawdown normally begins around Columbus Day. This year the boards will be removed around Labor Day (September 1).
Water quality testing results for 2013 are provided in the section listed at the right. Also included is a chart showing water quality metrics from 1988 through 2013 and comparisons to all other NH lakes.
On balance, the lake's chemistry is stable but under stress. Conductivity and chloride levels are high, likely from road salt. Phosphorus levels, which promote the growth of algae, have improved.
Want to know what's new with and about NH's lakes?
The NH Lakes Association acts to foster a "spirit of stewardship to insure the quality of our lakes for future generations". Go to their website at www.nhlakes.org.
Check out 'The Sampler', a monthly on-line publication of NH's Volunteer Lake Assessment Program (VLAP). Go to http://des.nh.gov/media/enews/index.htm to sign up.
No Invasive Aquatic Plants Found in Spofford Lake in 2013
Aquatic Control Technology Inc. (ACT) was again hired this fall to check for exotic weeds in Spofford Lake. On September 20, 2013 biologist Mike Lennon, along with Val Starbuck and Ken King, spent 2.5 hours scouting the entire shoreline and outlet canal. No milfoil was found!
The final report in 2012 was provided in 'Invasive Plant Inspection 9/12/2012' section at the right. Also included is a photo presentation of the lake inspection. The report concludes that "it is surprising that no non-native species have been introduced or have been established in Spofford Lake" and that " this is undoubtedly due to the diligence of the Spofford Lake Association's commitment to the boat ramp monitor and weed watcher programs."
Please note that all is not rosy with the Lake. Over the past 35 years, the Lake has had a substantial increase in the types and amounts of plant life in the Lake. See page 3 of the report.