Milfoil and Invasive Species in the Lakes Region: Addressing the Challenges

WOLFEBORO — Starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 29, the Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC)
is hosting a commission meeting at the Wolfeboro Public Library which will feature a presentation on the impact of milfoil and invasive species on New Hampshire waterbodies, and what the state is doing and proposing to do to address the challenges.
Many people know that both native and non-native species are found in NH waterbodies. Exotic
aquatic plants pose a threat to the ecological, aesthetic, recreational, and economic values of lakes
and ponds.
A reduction in water quality, whether perceived or real, can have a major impact
on lakeshore home values as well as summer tourism. There are varieties of methods available
to control and contain the populations of invasive aquatic plant infestations.
The goal of this meeting is to highlight current best management practices and to gain insight from past and current management practices. Amy Smagula, a NH Department of Environmental Services (DES)
limnologist and Coordinator of the Exotic Species Program will lead the presentation.
In addition, LRPC Commissioners will be asked to consider and approve the proposed LRPC budget for the FY 14 fiscal year, and the 2013 Lakes Region Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). The TIP contains projects recommended for inclusion in the biennial NH Transportation Ten Year Plan.
An association of 30 communities, the LRPC has active programs in land use and environmental planning, transportation, watershed protection, economic development, technical assistance, and information services.
LRPC Commission meetings are open to the public. For additional information or special accommodation, contact the LRPC: 279-8171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..