The SLA is pleased to announce the publication of the third Squam Watershed Report. The 2015 report examines water quality, fish populations, invasive species, boat traffic, land conservation efforts, and the loon populations in the Squam Watershed. The SLA, working with many conservation partners, has compiled decades of study into one document to give a comprehensive picture of the health of the Squam Lakes and its watershed. Inspired by similar report card projects in Chesapeake Bay and Florida, the report is an engaging and enlightening first glance at conservation efforts in the Squam Watershed. First produced in 2013, the report is published annually, and subsequent reports examine the previous years' data and place it within the larger historical context.
The 2015 Squam Watershed Report is the culmination of data collected in 2014, a year marked with many successes. During the past year, the SLA celebrated the 35th year of water quality monitoring on Squam. We partnered with Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment to deepen our understanding of water quality by examining several tributaries and adding more extensive monitoring at Squam Lake’s deepest point. Three loon chicks survived on Big Squam this past year, more than in the past two years, and five loons chicks survived watershed-wide. We continued our partnership with NH Fish and Game studying both cold- and warmwater fisheries. Our land conservation partners protected nearly 300 acres of land within the watershed. We are seeing progress with our milfoil management efforts and are continuing our march downstream to remove this invasive species. We are investigating different ways to track boat use on the Lakes. In 2014 we conducted two aerial surveys and examined gasoline usage at marinas.
SLA Director of Conservation Rebecca Hanson will present the 2015 Squam Watershed Report on Tuesday, July 14th at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center's Water Matters Water Matter: Exploring Water Quality Issues Adult Lecture Series. Click here to learn more. Or call the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to register (no charge, but reservations are required): 603-968-7194x7