Planning for Squam’s Future Collaboratively:
Updating the Squam Watershed Plan
A watershed management plan examines the factors affecting watershed health. It incorporates data on water quality, land use, local economy, and populations, and creates goals to maintain or improve watershed-wide standards. It acts as a guiding document for towns to support watershed and community health across municipal boundaries.
Separate components of the Plan:
Part 1. 2019 Squam Lakes Watershed Management Plan (short)
Part 2. 2019 Squam Lakes Watershed Survey: Memo
The SLA’s mission is to conserve and protect the Squam Watershed since its inception in 1904. Community collaboration has always been at the core of this effort. Conservation work at the watershed scale requires productive collaboration across all aspects of a community; town governments, state agencies, conservation partners, universities, local businesses, and, of course the greater Squam community. All are needed to ensure a healthy watershed in the future. Partnerships strengthen the work, and it is these relationships that we have been relying upon since we began the process of updating the Squam Watershed Plan in 2016.
The current Squam Watershed Plan was completed in 1991 as part of a pilot program for lake watershed management plans. We’ve accomplished a lot in the nearly 30 years that have passed since the first plan was implemented. A changing environment, public opinion, and diverse influences on the watershed must be accounted for in current decision making, and our management and conservation methods must reflect that. We have completed the new Plan and look forward to the community's support to implement changes that will improve the Squam Watershed for future generations.
What led to the Plan?
The Watershed Plan Kick-Off meeting was held on January 20, 2016 at SLA’s Resource Center through our partnership with Plymouth State University. During this meeting, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Plan, and all that has been accomplished as a result of its creation. Since that meeting, many steps have led to the finished product. Here are some: