Friday June 21, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT

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Ware Campus Center at Colby Sawyer College 
 541 Main Street, New London, NH


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Advanced Onsite Solutions, LLC


FB Environmental

Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

Lake Sunapee Protective Association

Loon Preservation Committee

Lycott Environmental, Inc.

Milfoil Crisis, LLC

NH Dept. of Environmental Services

NH Fish & Game Dept.

Plymouth State University, Center for the Environment

And, more!



Attend the Lakes Congress and enter the raffle to win and attractively painted rain barrel!

(not actual barrel to be raffled)


NH LAKES 2013 Lakes Congress


The New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) cordially invites you to attend the 2013 Lakes Congress on Friday, June 21, at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, in the heart of the Lake Sunapee region. The theme of this conference and networking event is “Volunteering for Our Lakes."

This twentieth Lakes Congress offers an excellent opportunity for lake enthusiasts, lake association members, state agency personnel, researchers, lake and watershed management professionals, and political leaders to exchange information, ideas, and experiences. The Lakes Congress also introduces new approaches, products, and services to help us all work together to better manage and protect lakes and ponds. 

We are thrilled that this year's Lakes Congress will be kicked off with a keynote address by Richard Ober, President of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Representatives from the NH Center for Nonprofits and Volunteer NH! will follow and will talk about how these two statewide organizations are there to help nonprofit organziations and their volunteers better protect our lakes!

If you love a lake, volunteer for a lake, or would like to volunteer for a lake, you won't want to miss this event! Hope to see you there!


Tom O'Brien, President, NH LAKES


 2013 Lakes Congress Agenda

(to veiw session descriptions - see column to left)

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.       Registration (refreshments, visit exhibitors, enter rain barrel raffle)

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.       Welcoming Remarks Tom O'Brien, President, NH LAKES

9:10 – 9:25 a.m.:      Keynote Address Richard Ober, President, NH Charitable Foundation

 9:25 – 10:00 a.m.:    Plenary Session

                                   Supporting Nonprofit Organizations in New Hampshire         

                                   Mary Ellen Jackson, Executive Director, NH Center for Nonprofits

                                   Supporting Volunteers in New Hampshire

                                   Gretchen Berger-Wabuit, Executive Director, Volunteer NH!

10:00 – 10:10 a.m.    Break (refreshments, visit exhibitors, enter rain barrel raffle)

10:10 – 11:00 a.m.    Concurrent Session I

      A.   Help Soak Up Stormwater Runoff

      B.   Marketing 101: No Budget, No Experience, No Problem

      C.   How to Get the Best Bang for Your Monitoring Bucks (and volunteer efforts)!

      D.   Field Trip: Learn How to be a Volunteer Lake Monitor (continued through Session II)

      E.   Field Trip: Loons of Pleasant Lake (continued through Session II)

11:00 – 11:10 a.m.    Break (refreshments, visit exhibitors, enter rain barrel raffle) 

11:10 – 12:00 p.m.    Concurrent Session II

     A.   Sunapee Watershed Infrastructure Project

     B.   Invasive Aquatic Animals: There's More than Just Plants to Worry About

     C.   Protecting Your Lake: Unique Tools to Protect Water Quality

     D.   Field Trip: Learn How to be a Volunteer Lake Monitor (continued from Session I) 

     E.   Field Trip: Loons of Pleasant Lake (continued from Session I)

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.     Lunch (network, visit exhibitors, enter rain barrel raffle)

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.       Concurrent Session III

     A.   Ask the Experts: Lake Association Organizational Needs and Challenges

     B.   Let's Get the Lead Out, NH!

     C.   Advanced Onsite Wastwater Alternatives

     D. Field Trip: Messer Pond Lake-Friendly Landscaping Tour


2:45 - 3:00 p.m.       Closing Remarks (rain barrel raffle winner announced)