Notice to ALL SLA MEMBERS:
Chesterfield Zoning Board’s Decision Could Allow
Cluster Housing on Spofford Lake
ZBA meeting has been postponed to April 8!
The rehearing (on the cluster housing issue) that was to take place on Tuesday March 18 has been postponed to Tuesday April 8.
We urge you to attend in April.
The Chesterfield Board
of Selectmen found that the town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) did not act in the community’s best
interest and voted to appeal the ZBA’s variance for cluster housing (at the sight of the former Spofford Hall) .
The SLA Board’s position on this
a 1. to support the
existing zoning rules and regulations in the Spofford Lake District and
strongly oppose any variance for future cluster development,
b) 2. to oppose the
Chesterfield ZBA’s approval of the variance requested by 9A LLC, as this decision is
contrary to the townspeople’s 1999 referendum vote to restrict such a development, and
c) 3. to endorse the action
of the Chesterfield Board of Selectmen to oppose the ZBA’s decision to grant a variance.
For more information and to see President Steve McGrath's letter to
members, click on the ‘News & Events’ Section at the right.
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.
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.