The Lakes Management Advisory Committee (LMAC) meets throughout the year to discuss and advise the Lakes Management and Protection Program. The LMAC has created "The New Hampshire Guidelines for Coordinated Lake Management and Shoreland Protection Plans," the "Comprehensive Lake Inventory" and the "Lakes Management Criteria for New Hampshire State Agencies". The LMAC working in cooperation with the Rivers Management Advisory Committee (RMAC) has also developed a document titled "The Sustainability of New Hampshire’s Surface Waters". The LMAC has taken positions on dozens of pieces of legislation and has studied numerous lake-related topics and issues. In addition, the LMAC is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on plans to dispose of state-owned property adjacent to or providing access to a lake.
The LMAC has 19 members, including representatives from state agencies, municipalities, the conservation community, the fishing community, academia, and the marine, tourism, and real estate businesses. RSA 483-A:6 outlines the responsibilities and membership terms. Please visit the LMAC Blog for the most up to date meeting information, LMAC member information and announcements.
The following are initiatives and projects of the LMAC.
The New Hampshire Guidelines for Coordinated Lake Management and Shoreland Protection Plans
The New Hampshire Guidelines for Coordinated Lake Management and Shoreland Protection Plans , mandated by statute RSA 483-A, was developed by the Lakes Management and Protection Program (LMPP) in cooperation with the LMAC and the NH Office of Energy and Planning. It is designed to provide municipalities and lake association with the information they need to develop and apply lake management and watershed management plans at the grassroots level. This compendium document outlines the who, what, where and how for the preparation and implementation of management plans. The LMPP developed the Comprehensive Lake Inventory to help groups collect relevant and appropriate information when developing a lake management plan. For more information about this plan please contact the Lakes Program at (603) 271-2959 or [email protected].
Comprehensive Lake Inventory
The LMAC completed the Comprehensive Lake Inventory (CLI) in 2007. It is a tool for laypeople to help assess lakes and their surrounding watersheds. The inventory asks 94 questions based on ten major attributes to guide the assessment process. To request a hard copy, please contact the Lakes Program at (603) 271-2959 or [email protected].
Lakes Management Criteria for New Hampshire State Agencies
The LMAC worked together for three years to develop statewide lakes management criteria, which culminated in the 1996 publication, Lakes Management Criteria for New Hampshire State Agencies . The LMAC reviewed and assessed all state agencies and policies under the guidelines set forth in RSA 483-A. Approximately 100 recommendations were made to improve lakes management and water quality. Recommendations were separated into categories of tasks that could be done with funding, without funding, and through legislation. Each recommendation also included a timeframe, and many of the recommendations have been implemented. To request a hard copy, contact the Public Information Center at (603) 271-2975, or [email protected].
The LMAC visits at least one lake each year to discuss site-specific characteristics and management issues, such as invasive species and safety among multi-users. Past visits have included Beaver Lake in Derry (2000), Pawtuckaway Lake in Nottingham (2001), and Loon Pond in the White Mountain National Forest (2003).
Surplus Land Review
Under the Lakes Management and Protection Act, specifically 483-A:5 II, "No state-owned property adjacent to or providing access to a lake shall be disposed of by the state except upon the review and recommendations of the advisory committee." The LMAC thus reviews all proposals to dispose of state-owned property that is adjacent to or provides access to any lake and makes a recommendation to the Council on Resources and Development (CORD) regarding whether the property should be disposed. The term "disposal" can refer to the transfer of land ownership, i.e, fee simple acquisition; transfer of right-of-way, transfer of easement terms, e.g., conservation, utility easements; lease of land; or any other means that alters the status of ownership.
The LMAC and the Rivers Management Advisory Committee (RMAC) are concerned that even with present programs and despite more than three decades of work, our water resources will deteriorate under current efforts. Using the Sustainability Initiative and associated Appendix as a guide, the LMAC and the RMAC will develop environmental and programmatic indicators and recommendations to address eight key issues.
1) lack of data and improve data access and management by data users,
2) lack of a coordinated approach,
3) protect shorelands and riparian buffers,
4) limit impacts to water quality and quantity for urbanization and watershed development,
5) determine carrying capacity,
6) control invasive aquatic species,
7) consumptive uses of surface and groundwater, and
8) address climate change impacts.
The LMAC and RMAC will work with DES staff and other appropriate parties to develop indicators and recommendations for three of the key areas by September 2008.
LMAC members have educated themselves on topics ranging from malformed frogs to instream waterflow regulations, and have used the knowledge to make informed decisions on lake management and water quality.
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