The New Hampshire Lake Association is dedicated to protecting New Hampshire lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy. This is the organization that helps us provide Lake Hosts at Manahan boat launch in Hillsborough to protect us from invasive species. An aquatic invasive species overview video (Aquatic Invasive Species in New Hampshire’s Waters: The Past, Present and Future?) and a Lake Host training video (Protect Our Lakes: How to Lake Host are both posted on their website .
- helps us protect the lake with the Weed Watcher Program. You can see a Map of Infested Waterbodies in NH as over 77 lakes do have problems with invasive species.
- and test water quality with the Volunteer Lake assessment Program (VLAP).
- Public Beach Inspection Program personnel monitor about 170 freshwater public bathing beaches on a monthly basis during the swim season. DES beach inspectors collect two to five bacteria samples from each beach depending upon the bathing area length. Click here to see a map of all the public beaches in New Hampshire, which includes Manahan in Hillsborough.
- As a lake owner you can view the Shoreland Protection Act Brochure and A Shoreland Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater Management.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources. The Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to:
- Conserve - manage and protect these resources and their habitats;
- Inform - and educate the public about these resources; and
- Provide - the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.
New Hampshire Department of Safety is responsible for the Marine Patrol and Safe Boater Certification as everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate.
Loon Preservation Committee's mission is to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons throughout New Hampshire; to monitor the health and productivity of loon populations as sentinels of environmental quality; and to promote a greater understanding of loons and the larger natural world.