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Lakes guide created to help understand ecology, impacts

  • Erin M

Published: 9/6/2019 11:30:54 AM


Did you know New Hampshire is home to nearly 1,000 lakes? Is there a lake that you love? The “LakeSmart” book is a comprehensive resource for all interested in living a lake-friendly lifestyle.

NH LAKES has developed this guide to help you understand lake ecology and the connections between lake health and your activities in your home, on your property, along the shoreline, and out on the lake itself. This guide provides you with some simple suggestions on how to minimize your impacts on the lake and where to find information about permit requirements for land clearing, structure building, and other development projects near lakes. You will also find out how to become involved in lake conservation programs.

New Hampshire boasts some of the most pristine and beautiful lakes in the country. Overall, these waterbodies are of high quality and are particularly important to the citizens and visitors of New Hampshire. Lakes not only provide a vast array of year-round recreational opportunities, they also provide critical fish and wildlife habitat, and many serve as public drinking water supplies. Numerous jobs in the state are dependent upon healthy and clean lakes and the opportunities that they provide. Simply put, New Hampshire’s lakes are important to the state’s economy, its natural environment, and our overall quality of life.

“LakeSmart:Your Guide for Lake Friendly Living in New Hampshire” can be downloaded at You can request printed copies by contacting NH LAKES at or (603) 226-0299.

NH LAKES is the only statewide, member-supported nonprofit organization working to keep New Hampshire’s lakes clean and healthy, now and in the future. For more information, visit, email, or call (603) 226-0299.


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