To The Daily Sun,
I would love to say thank you to Heather Buffum, her husband, and many others for cleaning up the lake areas after the "festivities" on the ice. Your concern truly touched me. I saw some of that mess way out on the lake, and was saddened by the total lack of consideration that was left behind. There should be stricter rules and regulations for the use of New Hampshire's many beautiful lakes and surrounding areas. What I would love to know is about some "cottages" that are still grandfathered(or not) into releasing their septic (bodily waste, sink water, washing machine runoff, etc.) into Lake Winnipesaukee? Or is that just a rumor? Perhaps someone could clear this up for me, no pun intended.
I do not go out on the lakes in the winter, but I do enjoy them in the summer. I can say with the increase of vacationers and summer folks returning the lake and beaches get filthy and fast. I have seen many plastic bags, numerous cigarette butts, plastic cups, dirty band-aids, cans, used fire works, diapers, etc. I know last summer a few beaches were shut down more than once for bacteria and I do not think it was all from the ducks! We had a harsh lack of weather in 2015-2016. The missing rain and snow really hurt the lakes, streams and brooks. I hope we will have a wet spring and some of that snow helped. Global warming or the Earth changing either one, Lake Winnipesaukee suffered and no can deny that.
The lake is a beautiful gift to enjoy, but if we do not take care of it ... well, sadly, nothing lasts forever. And what would this area be with out Lake Winnipesaukee? As for Tracie Fitzpatrick's letter about the milfoil, thank you as well. I enjoyed your letter and the useful information you shared. I agree and hope that they can control this awful water weed without harm to humans or animals. We shall see, and please keep us posted for any news about this situation. Thank you all for your love of Lake Winni, she is such a beautiful treasure.
Denise C. Burke