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Friday June 22, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT

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NH LAKES 2012 Lakes Congress

The New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) cordially invites you to attend the 2012 Lakes Congress on Friday, June 22, at Church Landing at Mills Falls along beautiful Meredith Bay. The theme of this conference and networking event is “Loving Our Lakes.”

This nineteenth 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.

The plenary session will include Darby Nelson, author of the new book “For Love of Lakes,” who will talk about the paradoxical relationship we have with loving but hurting our lakes. Darby is an ecologist, professor emeritus, and author who speaks from the heart about the importance and legacy of lakes. And, Tom Burack, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will talk about the past, present, and future of New Hampshire's lakes.

If you love a lake, you won’t want to miss this event! I hope to see you there!

Tom O’Brien, NH LAKES President


 2012 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 – 9:05 a.m.       Welcoming Remarks

9:05 – 9:20 a.m.:      State of NH's Lakes Thomas Burack, Commissioner, NH DES

 9:20 – 10:00 a.m.:    Lakes, People & Paradox Darby Nelson, author, ecologist & professor

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

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

      A.   Policing the Competing Interests of NH’s Public Waters

      B.   Changes to the Shoreland Protection Act

      C.   Designing Septic Systems for Difficult Waterfront Lots

      D.   Field Trip: NH LAKES Lake Conservation Corps Program at Lake Waukewan (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.   NH’s Changing Landscape: That was Then and This is Now

     B.   Winnipesaukee Milfoil Management: Efforts & Lessons Learned

     C.   Composting Human Waste Protects Lakes  

     D.   Field Trip: NH LAKES Lake Conservation Corps Program at Lake Waukewan (continued

          from Session I)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.     Lunch Governor John Lynch (not confirmed)   

1:00 – 1:50 p.m.       Concurrent Session III

     A.   NH Fish & Game Department’s Role in Protecting NH’s Lakes

     B.   The Winnipesaukee Gateway: An Innovative Web-based Watershed Plan

     C.   Solutions for Polluted Stormwater Runoff: Lake-Friendly Landscaping and Porous Pavers 

     D.   Aquatic Species Identification (outdoor session)

1:50 – 2:00 p.m.        Break (refreshments, visit exhibitors, enter rain barrel raffle) 

2:00 – 2:50 p.m.        Concurrent Session IV                                                             

     A.   Advocating for Shoreland Protection: An Ongoing Case Study

     B.   The Effects of Lead Fishing Tackle on Loons in NH

     C.   Aqualogic’s Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting Machine in Action (outdoor session)

 2:50 – 3:00 p.m.       Closing Remarks (rain barrel raffle winners announced)