September Executive Director’s Greetings
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” -Maya Angelou
These three photos show a little bit about what we’ve been up to in April and May. Pictured, Dick Lord, Durham resident and long-standing representative to Lamprey River Advisory Committee (LRAC) holds up a large honeycomb that was part of the presentation by Martin Marklin, on beekeeping and how bees are vital to our food system and healthy environment. This was at the Newmarket Public Library, and attendees also learned about bees, from as early as the fourth century. Dick’s interest and support of “all things Lamprey” is also evidenced by his many photographs and graphic design and layout work on many informative kiosks near the Lamprey.
Also pictured, a glimpse of the way the NH Fish and Game officers are actively promoting the Lamprey’s health, with moving herring along the river, from Newmarket’s fish ladder to other locations to help mingle with other fish pathways. About three thousand herring were moved on one Saturday from this site in particular, and people came from five towns to see the work in action. The Lamprey attracts people who enjoy watching this type of action on the river as well as action in their canoes or kayaks, or hiking or birdwatching, among other hobbies. Your donation to NH Gives can help us promote more events, similar to this, along the Lamprey’s forty-nine mile flow to Great Bay.
The third photo is of Paul Susca, NH Department of Environmental Services, who offered attendees to his presentation in Durham, ideas about what a safe drinking water lab report should look like, and what different parts of a lab test show about well water. Mr. Susca brought the most up-to-date information to attendees during a water quality presentation at a conference at Plymouth State University, and following that, LRWA was happy he accepted our invitation to make a similar presentation to residents in our catchment area.
Mark your calendars for our Annual Meeting, October 16, at the Grange Hall in Lee, NH. For this event, we have lined up Sherry Godlewski, Resilience and Adaptation Manager, NH Department of Environmental Services, as our keynote speaker. I hope you will be a part of these, and many other events related to the Lamprey, this year.
Cris Blackstone, Executive Director, Lamprey River Watershed Association
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Reflections on a River – 30 Years of Protecting the Lamprey River
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The Lamprey River Watershed Association (LRWA) was formed in 1983 to promote the restoration, conservation, wise development and use of the natural resources of the Lamprey River Watershed. Conserving fish and wildlife, forests, soil and water resources along with pollution abatement are key goals of the Association. Through education and research, the LRWA will work to increase the understanding among citizens about the importance of water and land conservation in the watershed.
The Lamprey River Watershed Association works in partnership with other conservation organizations and citizen groups to maintain or improve the natural health and beauty of the watershed. The Lamprey Watershed Association, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
LRWA Board of Directors – meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 5 pm at the Lee Safety Complex. Public welcome. Prospective board members encouraged to contact LRWA at volunteer at lrwa-nh.org. All skills can be put to good use helping to make our watershed sustainable!