As your new President, this is my first newsletter to the Beaver Lake Community. My goal is to continue to create awareness about our lake, increase involvement by residents to address the needs of our lake and to build a stronger community. I am always looking for new ideas and encourage anyone who has an interest to get involved in the organization. I look forward to serving you, please email me at email@example.com with questions, ideas or concerns.
The 2017-18 board of directors has had 3 meetings since the annual meeting in August. Attendance in the meetings has been excellent. Meetings have focused on engagement, sharing of new ideas as well as working through topics of managing the lake.
We have a small committee looking further into the Watershed Plan that was created years ago and coordinating with the NH DES to explore actions that can be taken to improve the quality of the water by addressing topics presented in the plan. We would like to build upon the ideas presented by Jason Aube from the NH DES at the annual meeting.
I appreciate all of our members who have provided their financial support and have volunteered their time. In October, a team of 17 BLIA members and friends collected 18 bags of garbage around our lake. Remember that your donations are 100% tax deductible. If you still have the membership drive letter in a pile of papers, you have a few more days left to send in your donation to get your 2017 tax deduction. We currently have 116 members, the highest number based on the records we have from the past 6 years. It is great to see all the BLIA stickers on cars and mailboxes, which creates more awareness of our association and in line with our goal – creating a stronger community.
All the best,
Invasive Species Update
Milfoil – The volume of milfoil in our lake has continued to increase. This season we saw the largest volume of milfoil located and removed from the lake to date. Thank you to the Weed Watchers who helped with finding the plants. We can always use more Weed Watchers, so if you are interested in learning more and assisting in keeping invasive plants out of our lake, let me know and we will help educate you on how to identify it. The divers from the NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) assisted with pulling milfoil on four separate occasions from May through September. The state does not have full-time divers to remove milfoil. I took two days off from work to help the divers from their boat and navigate to the plants. I learned that the plant is very fragile and easily breaks when pulling the weed. Additionally, the larger plants have deep roots, which are difficult to completely remove. At the end of the season, Amy Smagula of the NH DES, recommended that to supplement the state divers Beaver Lake should have local divers pulling milfoil or professional divers may need to be hired since the state divers will not be able to support the continued increase in the volume of milfoil in our lake. In the Spring of 2018, a few residents who are currently certified to SCUBA dive will be receiving training to remove milfoil. There is formal training and a licensure process that is required due to the sensitivity of the weed. If you are a SCUBA diver and are interested in getting the training, let me know.
Asian Clams – during the last dive event by the state divers in September, the invasive clams were found in the area of Gallien’s beach. Beaver Lake is the 6th body of water in NH to have documented Asian clams, although the NH DES believes there are likely many undocumented cases. There is no treatment for these clams and more information (and pictures) can be found at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/nongame/documents/mussels-bb-62.pdf
Plunge at Beaver Lake
– The First Baptist Church Food Pantry is coordinating the first plunge at Beaver Lake on Saturday December 16th at 12pm Gallien’s Beach. They have asked the BLIA for support in this event. Specifically, they are in need of a few volunteers to help with parking cars. If you are interested, please let me know.
– We have started a BLIA team so far consisting of Rick Christian and Steven Anthony. Let us know if you would like to join in the fun of the plunge!
– If you are interested in supporting the cause, your donations are 100% tax deductible and checks can be made out to FBC Food Pantry and mailed to BLIA, PO Box 133, East Derry, NH 03041 or drop it off at 20 Coles Grove Rd or Shannon Anthony will pick up cash or checks to support the BLIA team. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beaver Lake Gear for Christmas
• Due to the high demand of t-shirts, long sleeve shirts and sweatshirts we have placed an additional order and have inventory for your Christmas shopping. There are pictures posted on the website https://beaver-lake.org/beaver-lake-gear/ along with prices and contact information.
• This Town of Derry annual event will take place the weekend of February 10-12. BLIA will sponsor the annual Chili contest on Sunday at Gallien’s beach. Members of the BLIA will be gathering to purchase a table or two at the Frost Ball, which will be on Saturday night. As the details are finalized, more information will be available in the coming weeks.