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DATE: June 21, 2018
CONTACT: Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710


U.S. Drought Outlook Predicts Drought Development: NHDES is Urging Residents to Conserve Water

Concord, NH – According to the U.S. Drought Monitor released today, over the past five weeks the entire state of New Hampshire has been categorized as abnormally dry and the 3-Month Seasonal Drought Outlook, also released today, predicts that drought development is likely. Over the last 60 days, the majority of the state has received approximately 50% expected precipitation. NHDES urges the public to be conservation-minded and to begin limiting outdoor water use, including refraining from landscape watering and limiting any watering to between 7pm and 8am. Also, NHDES recommends residents suspend other outdoor water uses such as power washing, washing cars, and washing down large surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks.


Stacey Herbold, Water Conservation and Water Use Program Coordinator at NHDES, states that, "When conditions are abnormally dry and drought indicators predict a likely drought looming, it is time to take action. While hundreds of homeowners' wells went dry during the 2016/2017 drought and a handful of public water systems struggled, the majority of public water systems worked very hard to manage their supplies successfully with a major player in that success being the help of the public limiting outdoor water use. By taking action now we delay any impending shortages and create a buffer of time to prepare for reduced supplies."

NHDES has prepared a series of drought and water efficiency guidance documents to assist the public, municipalities, and water utilities. There are also available surveys for homeowners on private wells and other private well users to report water shortages and costs, as well as a form for water systems and municipalities to report outdoor water use restrictions. For this information go to and scroll down to Drought Management.

Re: Aquatic Invasive Species Presentation and Training by Amy Smagula of DES

On July 21, 2018 Conway Lake Conservation Association (CLCA) will host Amy Smagula, a limnologist and Coordinator of the Exotic Species Program at NH’s Dept of Environmental Services (DES.) She will first present a power point presentation providing a thorough overview of information and photos of the current and potential aquatic invasive species (AIS) found in NH waterbodies and neighboring states. She will follow that up with a period of instruction covering the ways and means that anyone on the water can begin to understand what to look for and how to react to those worrisome plants we might see as we patrol our lakes and ponds.
Finally, Amy will provide ample time for a Q&A. There will be tables with live specimens to review and to learn from. Please know that Amy encourages that all participants bring in any samples of aquatic plants or animals that are worrisome and you want identified. This will help us all see how Amy looks at the specimens and determines how to identify them.


In addition, Amy will distribute handouts (such as keys for plant identification, maps and AIS kits) that can provide comprehensive tools for each of us to take home and begin to learn how to be effective as AIS patrollers. Our goal: Together we need to work effectively as stewards of our waterways. Ultimately we need to know how to monitor and to protect them.


Venue: The gymnasium of the Conway Recreation Department (Address:1634 E Main St, Center Conway, NH 03813)
Date: Sat. July 21, 2018
Time: 9-12pm