In 1991, the NH Office of State Planning completed a Squam Lakes Watershed Plan. In the twenty-three years since the plan was adopted, a lot has changed in the region, but yet this plan has not been updated. View the summary of the 1991 Squam Watershed Plan here.
This winter, several graduate students at Plymouth State University are enrolled in a land use planning class that focuses on teaching local planning concepts through an applied project. The class worked with the SLA to learn about local town planning, identify current land use issues and priorities in area towns and the watershed, and determine how a new watershed plan might be cooperatively developed. The course focused on local town planning, identifying current land use issues and priorities in the Squam Lakes Watershed, and determining how a new Squam Lakes Watershed plan might be cooperatively developed. In late January, we held a public meeting at the Squam Lakes Association to discuss past, present, and future land use issues in area towns and the Squam Lakes Watershed.
The results of the course and the public meeting can be read in "Shared Waters Create a Shared Future for the Squam Lakes Watershed,” a report from Plymouth State University graduate students who participated in a land use planning class this winter.