Member Profile

Wentworth Watershed Association

Wentworth Watershed Association

The Wentworth Watershed Association is made up of residents and landowners in the Lake Wentworth/Crescent Lake watershed as well as others who want to encourage the protection and preservation of the watershed’s lakes, streams, and critical habitats

The Association collaborates with local and state agencies in the collection and use of scientific data to support planning and implementation of stormwater mitigation efforts. Those activities are best exemplified by the successful pursuit of two grants totaling more $180,000 and used to develop and initiate implementation of a watershed-based management plan. The grants were awarded to a partnership of the Foundation, the Town of Wolfeboro, and the University of New Hampshire, by the NH Department of Environmental Services under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

For more information on the watershed plan, please visit our website at: https://wentworthwatershed.org/watershed-plan/the-watershed-at-a-glance/

As part of a broad commitment to outreach and education, the Association publishes and distributes information for use by residents and landowners to assist with shoreline buffering, stormwater management, and septic system maintenance.

Presently the Association owns and manages 10 parcels of of environmentally important land totaling more than 175 acres, and the Board of Trustees is committed to acquiring and preserving additional sensitive parcels as circumstances permit.  For more information on the Association’s holdings, browse our properties at: https://wentworthwatershed.org/our-properties/

The mission of the Wentworth Watershed Association is to protect and preserve the community, natural resources, water quality and scenic beauty of the Lake Wentworth-Crescent Lake Watershed, as well as to promote knowledge of the enduring character of its woodlands, waterways and wildlife, its people and its history.

OFFICERS

Anne Blodget
President

Bob Spear
Vice President

Andrea Dudley
Secretary

Dorothy Feldmann
Treasurer

TRUSTEES

Becky Arnold

Jerry Calvert

Hugh Crawford

Linda Crootof

Carl Crosley

Lisa Donovan

Peter Galanis

Susan Goodwin

Judi Gosbee

Joan Green

Bob Morneau

Roger Murray III

Tom Ouhrabka

Ken Perry

Mailing address:

Wentworth Watershed Association
PO Box 2235
Wolfeboro, NH 03894

Office:
591B Center Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03894

NHDES awards $50,000 grant to manage stormwater

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has announced the award of a third round of funding to the Wentworth Watershed Association and the Town of Wolfeboro for implementation of the Wentworth-Crescent Watershed Management Plan.

Fernald Brook winds behind Auto Care Plus

The Watershed Assistance Grant will provide $50,000 in EPA-funded monies for stormwater mitigation projects along Route 109 and for shoreline and parking lot areas at Camp Bernadette. Combined with in-kind contributions of labor, materials, and volunteer effort from the Town and Wentworth Watershed Association, the grant has a total value of $103,000.

The grant represents the second implementation phase of the watershed-wide management plan that was completed in 2013.

The first implementation phase was funded by $120,000 in Clean Water Act monies, $25,000 in cash from the Association, and another $125,000 of in-kind labor, materials, and volunteer hours from both the Town and the Association. That project is scheduled for completion at the end of this year.

That second grant saw installation of a significant stormwater mitigation structure behind Auto Care Plus on Route 28 to protect Fernald Brook from runoff delivered by acres of impervious surfaces in the area.

Prior to mitigation, stormwater pooled and then overflowed directly into the brook

With the support of John and Karen Manelas, owners of the car repair facility, the Association and the Town oversaw installation of large detention basins to capture and infiltrate runoff from parking areas and building roofs before that water can reach the brook and, eventually, the lakes.

Extensive testing of water in the stream, both before and after installation of the stormwater structures, is aimed at quantifying the amount of various pollutants removed from the tributary. The results will be part of the grant report to the state and federal governments.

Also part of that grant effort is installation of stormwater mitigation structures in the Gene’s Beach area of Route 109 and development of engineering plans for a long-needed stormwater mitigation effort along South Main Street. The work on Route 109 will take place in the fall.

The South Main Street project is expected to deal with some destructive runoff that has damaged private property in the area and caused significant changes in Crescent Lake.

Phosphorus and sediment from such runoff is responsible for increased weed growth in water bodies as well as sedimentation at the mouth of streams, creating impassible areas along the shoreline and increasing areas of silty deposits around the lakes.

Stormwater, now contained, infiltrates slowly without affecting the brook

The newly awarded grant, approved by Governor Chris Sununu and the Executive Council in late August, will address a second problem along Route 109 in the area of Triggs Landing, where planned stabilization of the roadside will control and filter runoff before it enters Lake Wentworth. At Camp Bernadette, mitigation structures will be aimed at controlling runoff from extensive impervious areas that currently flow directly into Wentworth.

Wentworth Watershed Association maintains a web site at www.wentwothwatershed.org and a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wentworthwatershedassociation/

Does the Lake Wentworth-Crescent Lake Watershed have special meaning for you and your family?

Would you like to help strengthen our community and protect one of New Hampshire’s natural splendors?

There’s no better way than by joining the Wentworth Watershed Association. This new organization is the result of the combination of the Lake Wentworth Foundation and the Lake Wentworth Association.

Our roots go back more than 80 years to a distinguished group of residents and visitors, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.

Today, the Association continues to lead and represent the community in protecting the lakes and streams that make up the watershed.

With both financial and volunteer resources, the Association collects water quality data, helps educate visitors and property owners on watershed conservation practices, and partners with the community on efforts to mitigate stormwater runoff that is detrimental to the watershed.

Why not join today? Being a member allows you to participate in events, volunteer for activities, and know about everything that’s going on in the watershed.

If you’re already a member, consider buying a gift membership for family or friends!

Membership
• Individual $25
• Immediate Family/Couple Membership $45 (includes children under 18)

Annual Fund
Additional donations to support the mission of the Association are always welcome.

Additional Ways to Contribute
You can also contribute to the work of the Wentworth Watershed Association by making:

  • Memorial gifts to honor friends and family and to create a legacy for their love of this special place, enabling the Association to further its mission
  • Outright gifts of land and/or conservation easements to further the Association’s efforts to protect the watershed

Donate Online
You can use a credit card to donate online to the Wentworth Watershed Association on JustGive.org that lets you specify the amount and purpose of your donation: https://npo.justgive.org/nonprofits/donate.jsp?ein=04-3374499

Print and Fill Out a Form
You can print and fill out this donation form and send it, with a check, to Wentworth Watershed Association, PO Box 2235, Wolfeboro, NH 03894: https://wentworthwatershed.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Membership8-5-...

Posted on: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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