Spofford Lake Association

1. SLA Annual Meeting:

Will be held on July 8, 2019, at the Spofford Yacht Club on North Shore Rd., in Spofford. 


2. From the NH Business Review (Oct 28,2018); interview withTom O'Brien, President of NH Lakes (
www.nhbr.com/October-26-2018/Q-A-with-NH-Lakes-President-Tom-OBrien/ )

Q. What is the purpose of NH Lakes?

A. We work to promote clean water policies and responsible use, and to inspire the public to care for our lakes. Without an intentional approach to maintaining the health of lakes, they will age more quickly, some within our lifetimes.

Q. What do you mean by “aging?”

A. We think of lakes as living things that have a natural life cycle with a beginning and an end. New Hampshire’s lakes were created by glacial activity about 10,000 years ago, so they are young, geologically. A young lake is clear and has very little organic matter and high levels of dissolved oxygen. Over time, lakes essentially begin to fill in with decayed plant matter and sediment from the adjacent landscape. What we do around lakes, and how we do it, determines the rate at which they age.

Q. What are the main threats to New Hampshire lakes?

A. Over the past 40 years we’ve been dealing with two primary threats: the influx of aquatic invasive species and the widespread and, we think, ultimately more lethal threats of polluted runoff from the developed landscape, which is changing the lakes right before our eyes. Added to these are weather changes that are warming lake temperatures and changing precipitation patterns. In the past 40 to 50 years, some lakes have gone from a cold water fishery to a warm water fishery.

Q. By invasives, do you mean milfoil?

A. Exotic milfoil is the poster child, since it’s the most common invasive plant in our lakes. About 85 lakes have a milfoil infestation of some size. But there are other invasive plants and animals.

Several New Hampshire lakes and rivers contain Asian clam infestations. Zebra mussels are in Massachusetts, and last year they were found on a sailboat that was about to enter Lake Sunapee. It had last been in the water on Lake Champlain, albeit several years prior. Chinese mystery snails occur in an uncounted number of lakes.

See the entire article using the URL above. 


3. Spofford Hall Property  

 

There have been no recent developments. The matter is in the courts, waiting to be heard.


In 2014 the Chesterfield Zoning Board (ZBA) again granted a variance to Nine A LLC to subdivide the six acre site (occupied by the defunct building that was once Spofford Hall) into five parcels for single family homes. Nine A LLC is a company based in Windsor, Conn. and owned by members of the Chakalos family. The subdivision would be for a cluster housing development with six acres (the five home sights) on the lake.

 

The Nine A proposal would merge the lakeside property with 24 acres across Route 9A. This step would be done to meet the 30-acre minimum requirement in Chesterfield for cluster housing.


Various town parties contend that cluster housing is not allowed in the Spofford Lake District as per a 1999 referendum (by a two to one margin resident vote) and by a NH Supreme Court ruling that upheld the town’s referendum.

 

The Spofford Lake Association Board members initially opposed the ZBA variance ruling. Having made the case for less development and therefore less stress on the lake, the SLA Board will, at this point, make no further comments or take no further actions on this issue. 


The Board encourages all members to remain abreast of developments. 

 







The Spofford Lake Association Board meets monthly, generally April through October. If you are interested in these meetings, or have news you wish to share, please email us with your requests.