Early Lake Level Drawdown September 2
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, probably beginning September 2.
Spofford Hall/Nine A LLC Lawsuit Update
An appeal of the ZBA variance decision (to allow cluster housing on the Spofford Hall property) has been filed by the Chesterfield Board of Selectmen and a group of concerned lake and town residents. These residents believe that the ordinance prohibiting cluster housing in the Spofford Lake District should be upheld and that the variance to 9A LLC should be denied. The group will be paying to take the appeal to NH Superior Court.
The Chesterfield Board of Selectmen has agreed that the town zoning board can use the town attorney to file paperwork, but they cannot use him to defend the zoning board position. The attorneys for Nine A LLC will defend the suit. The case has been moved to Sullivan County Superior Court.
Water quality testing results for 2013:
Results 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) has again been hired to check for exotic weeds in Spofford Lake this fall (2014). 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! Hopefully the results will be the same again this year.
The final 2012 report can be viewed in the '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, Spofford Lake has had a substantial increase in the types and amounts of plant life. See page 3 of the report.