Water Quality Report 2016

More News on ALS Study.

I’m glad the recent article in the Concord Monitor pointed out that cyanobacteria or blue

green algae are present in all New Hampshire lakes, not just Mascoma. See

http://www.concordmonitor.com/News/ALS-Research-Dartmouth-HitchcockMassachusetts-General-NH-1203276.

A 2000 study of 50 lakes in New hampshire by UNH biologist Jim

Lynch showed that they all contained cyanobacteria. The ancient microorganisms

can be found all over the world, from Middle Eastern deserts to the Antarctic.

“They’re ubiquitous, they’re everywhere,” according to Dartmouth researcher

Elijah Stommel. Mascoma Lake does not have a unique problem so it should not

be singled out by the media. In reality, it should not affect our property values.

The problem with cyanobacteria is that it may cause ALS, commonly known as

Lou Gehrig's disease. Cyanobacteria produce a toxin that has been found in the

brains of some villagers with ALS on the island of Guam. What is unknown is

how the toxin got there. Was it ingested, taken in by respiration, or some other

mechanism. Dartmouth is sampling air and water samples around Mascoma

Lake to see how much if any toxin is present.

The best thing we can do to lessen cyanobacteria growth is to reduce the amount

of phosphorus entering the lake. This means using zero phosphate fertilizer on

the lawn and redirecting any runoff or overland flow away from the lake. Rain

barrels and rain gardens are a couple methods to capture and redirect runoff.

Observe where runoff from your property goes. If any of it goes directly into the

lake, try to intercept it and channel it to a low area where it can infiltrate into the

ground.

Part of your dues goes toward paying NHDES for laboratory analysis of our lake

water samples. MLA has water quality data dating back to 1991. The most

recent results can be found on

http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/vlap/annual_reports/2015/documents/mascoma-enfield.pdf.

There is awmb/vlap/annual_reports/2015/documents/mascoma-enfield.pdf. There is a

wealth of data in the report that may not be of interest to everyone. Basically, the

lake is in good shape but we can make it better.

News & Events APR 26th

Golf balls

Submerged golf balls break down over time and release heavy metals into the water - please spread the word to stop the practice of driving balls into the lake in summer or winter.

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Local News MAY 25th

Claremont School Board Set to Oust SAU 6 Superintendent

Claremont — The SAU 6 School Board has voted to terminate the contract of Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin effective June 30, if McGoodwin does not resign before the middle of next month, according to a copy of a letter from the board obtained b...

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