Memorial Day weekend not only signifies the start of the recreational boating season for many, it also marks the official start the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) Lake Host Program. This summer, approximately 800 Lake Hosts stationed at 104 of the most highly used boat ramps throughout the state will teach boaters how to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species—like milfoil and Asian clams—from waterbody to waterbody. Summer 2016 marks the 15th season of this nationally-recognized aquatic invasive species education and prevention program.
The Lake Host Program is funded by grants from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and private foundations, and contributions from municipalities, lake associations, and individuals. Since 2002, Lake Hosts, have conducted approximately 761,735 courtesy boat inspections and captured 1,515 pieces of hitchhiking invasive plants and animals before they were able to infest our waterbodies.
The New Hampshire Lakes Association is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit member-supported organization dedicated to protecting New Hampshire lakes and their watersheds. For more information, please visit www.nhlakes.org.
Jason Reimers, Esq., is a member of the Board of Directors of the NH Lakes Association.