As we do every year, the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) is asking for your input on lake and watershed issues to determine our legislative and public policy agenda for the coming year.

Through the 2018 Advocacy Survey, we invite you to tell us about what issues are important to you and how you would direct NH LAKES to address them. 
 
Please completed this survey by November 30, 2017.

We encourage you to take the survey online.

You can also print this survey out, write in your responses, and mail it to us at 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord, NH 03301 or fax it to (603) 224-9442.

Thank You - YOUR INPUT AND FEEDBACK ARE CRITICAL!
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* 1. OVERALL LAKE & WATERSHED MANAGEMENT ISSUE PRIORITIZATION: On a scale of '1' ('most important) to '4' ('least important'), please prioritize the level of importance of the issues A - D listed below.

  1 (most important) 2 3 4 (least important)
A. Preventing and managing the spread of aquatic invasive species
B. Protecting and improving water quality
C. Maintaining a safe lake experience
D. Adapting to changes in temperature and regional precipitation patterns to protect lake quality

* 2. PREVENTING & MANAGING THE SPREAD OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES: In January 2017, the ‘Clean and Dry’ law went into effect requiring boaters to clean off all fragments of plants and animals and draining vessels before leaving a waterbody. NH LAKES encourages all boaters to clean, drain, and dry their boats between waterbodies. We are researching additional aquatic invasive species spread prevention methods used in other states and regions. What additional legislative action(s) do you think NH LAKES should pursue so that our lakes are better protected from the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species? Please specify:

* 3. PREVENTING & MANAGING THE SPREAD OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES: Please share your thoughts about the following invasive species prevention approaches that are not currently being utilized in New Hampshire on a widescale basis but are being implemented in other states and regions.

  Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree Nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree I don't know. I need more information to make a decision.
Voluntary Statewide Boat Wash Program: Boat wash stations should be made available throughout the state for boaters to voluntarily rinse their boat, trailer, and gear between waterbodies.
Mandatory Statewide Boat Wash Program: Boat wash stations should be made available throughout the state and boaters should be required to rinse their boat, trailer, and gear between waterbodies.
Mandatory Local Boat Wash Programs: The state or any municipality should be able to require boaters at certain lakes to wash their boats, trailer, and gear prior to entering or leaving those waterbodies.

* 4. PREVENTING & MANAGING THE SPREAD OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES: What action(s) do you think NH LAKES should take to better help groups and/or state agencies to manage existing infestations of aquatic invasive species? Please specify:

* 5. PROTECTING & IMPROVING WATER QUALITY: Please rank your level of concern relative to the following potential pollution sources that may be located WITHIN the 250-foot Shoreland Area of the lake(s) you frequent.

  Highly Concerned Concerned Not Concerned I don't know Not applicable
Bank erosion from boat wakes
Bank erosion from runoff water
Beach erosion
Boating access ramp erosion and runoff water
Construction site erosion and runoff water
De-icing agents used on roadways and walking surfaces (salt, sand)
Fertilizer use
Pesticide use
Runoff water from gravel/dirt roadways
Runoff water from paved roadways
Runoff water from residential properties
Septic system leachate
Waterfowl droppings

* 6. PROTECTING & IMPROVING WATER QUALITY: Please rank your level of concern relative to the following potential sources of runoff water within the watershed but OUTSIDE of the 250-foot Shoreland Area of the lake(s) you frequent.

  Highly concerned Concerned Not concerned I don't know Not applicable
Agricultural operations
Driveways and parking lot areas
Forestry operations
Mining operations (e.g. gravel and sand extraction)
Residential development
Retail development
Other commercial or industrial development
Paved roadways
Gravel/dirt roadways

* 7. PROTECTING & IMPROVING WATER QUALITY: Please rank your level of concern relative to the following water quality characteristics of the lake(s) you frequent.

  Highly Concerned Concerned Not Concerned I don't know Not applicable
Algal growth on submerged objects
Algal growth in the water column
Bacteria blooms (E.coli)
Cyanobacteria blooms (toxic bacteria)
Invasive animal growth increasing over time
Invasive plant growth increasing over time
'Muckiness' factor of lake bottom
Pet waste along shoreline
Plant growth (native) increasing over time
Swimmer's Itch
Trash in water
Water clarity
Waterfowl droppings along shoreline

* 8. PROTECTING & IMPROVING WATER QUALITY: What action(s) do you think NH LAKES should take to protect and improve water quality? Please specify:

* 9. PROTECTING & IMPROVING WATER QUALITY: What action(s) are you willing to take to protect and improve lake water quality that you need our help or the help of your local community to accomplish? Please specify. 

* 10. MAINTAINING A SAFE LAKE EXPERIENCE: Please rank your level of concern relative to on-water activities and/or boater practices that may create unsafe conditions on the lake(s) you frequent.

  Highly concerned Concerned Not concerned I don't know Not applicable
Dock location or length
Dock permitting
Mooring placement
Raft placement
Passing distances
On-water uses that conflict with the experience of others
Wake production
User conflicts at dams, beaches, access areas, etc.
Vessel speed

* 11. MAINTAINING A SAFE LAKE EXPERIENCE: What action(s) do you think NH LAKES should take to make our lakes safer for all users? Please explain:

* 12. ADAPTING TO CHANGES IN TEMPERATURE AND REGIONAL PRECIPITATION PATTERNS TO PROTECT LAKE QUALITY: Please rank your level of concern about how changing temperature and precipitation patterns may change lake and watershed characteristics.

  Highly concerned Concerned Not concerned I don't know. I need more information.
Changes in the distribution of suitable habitat for native and invasive species
Increasing algal growth
Increasing bacteria (E.coli) growth
Increasing cyanobacteria (toxic algae) growth
Increasing temperature of lake water
Increasing rainstorm intensity causing erosion and/or flooding
Reduced period of ice cover on lakes during winter
Periods of abnormally low water levels

* 13. ADAPTING TO CHANGES IN TEMPERATURE AND REGIONAL PRECIPITATION PATTERNS TO PROTECT LAKE QUALITY: Please share any additional comments you have on this subject.

* 14. ADDITIONAL PRIORITY ISSUES: If there are additional lake or watershed management issues, including human activity on or around the lake, that are of concern to you that have not been addressed in this survey, please share your thoughts with us:

* 15. NH LAKES & LOCAL LAKE ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP STATUS: Please tell us about your membership status (select one response per category):

  Yes No I'm not sure.
New Hampshire Lakes Association member (current)
New Hampshire Lakes Association member (past)
Member of a local lake, pond, river, or watershed association (current)
Member of a local lake, pond, river, or watershed association (past)

* 16. I'M INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT INFORMATION ABOUT NH LAKES MEMBERSHIP:

* 17. CONTACT INFORMATION: Please provide your contact information (optional):

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