News from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
CONTACT: Kate Hastings, (603) 848-8094, HAB@des.nh.gov
Cyanobacteria Bloom Alert for Franklin Pierce in Hillsborough/Antrim, NHConcord, NH- A cyanobacteria bloom has been observed on Franklin Pierce / Jackman Reservoir. The bloom was first reported 11/9 as ribbons of dark to lighter green material accumulating along some shorelines. A sample of concentrated bloom material had the cyanobacteria Dolichospermum at a density of 87,200 cells/mL. As we are outside of the swimming season, an advisory will not be issued. This message serves as a local “Alert” for lake-goers to be on the lookout for accumulations of this material, especially nearshore of the lake. NHDES advises lake users to avoid contact with the water in areas experiencing elevated cyanobacteria cell conditions, also known as a bloom. NHDES advises pet owners to keep their pets away from cyanobacteria blooms. Please continue to report changing cyanobacteria conditions to HAB@des.nh.gov, and we will coordinate resampling as needed.
Cyanobacteria are natural components of water bodies worldwide, though blooms and surface scums may form when excess nutrients are available to the water. Some cyanobacteria produce toxins that are stored within the cells and may be released upon cell death. Toxins can cause both acute and chronic health effects that range in severity. Acute health effects include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, tingling, numbness, nausea, vomiting, seizures and diarrhea. Chronic effects may include liver and central nervous system damage. Be cautious of lake water that has a surface scum, changes colors, or appears to have green streaks or blue-green flecks aggregating along the shore.
Visit the NHDES Harmful Algal and Cyanobacteria Bloom Program website for photos and more information about cyanobacteria at: Harmful Algal Blooms | NH Department of Environmental Services.
If you notice anything resembling cyanobacteria, please refrain from wading, swimming, or drinking the water. Keep all pets out of the water and contact NHDES immediately. Please call NHDES to report a cyanobacteria bloom at (603) 848-8094 or email HAB@des.nh.gov.
Effective May 30, 2022 the FPLA has received approval from the IRS and is now an official 501c3 organization.
That means we will no longer be required to pay income taxes on our annual income, a savings of approximately $650-$750 per year. Additionally, all donations, gifts and bequests to the FPLA for which you receive no financial benefit in return are tax deductible under IRS rules and regulations. Since members receive no financial benefit (but many indirect benefits such as a very clean and beautiful lake!) from the annual $25 membership, your annual membership dues are tax deductible as well. Please think of the FPLA when you are considering where to make your charitable donations!! Click on the link for the IRS letter for your taxes FPLA IRS 501c3 Determination Letter (2).pdf
August 13, 2022 9AM - Annual Meeting
ART ON THE LAKE
Head to Manahan Beach Saturday March 5, 2022 from Noon to Dusk
One of our FPLA members, Sophie Sanders, will be demonstrating her “sand art” on the snowy surface of our lake this coming Saturday.
Sophie will be working on the lake around Manahan Beach area and if you want to see her in action she should be on the lake around noon.
At dusk (5:30 ish) she will be lighting tea lights to highlight the art. Such art is temporary and the lights and “art” will be cleaned up afterwards.
Hope you all have a chance to meet Sophie and enjoy her work.
WMUR NH Chronicle is filming from Franklin Pierce Lake to highlight ice fishing and the bob houses on Franklin Pierce Lake from
2-21-2022 - 02-25-2022. View on your local WMUR channel or click HERE to stream the nightly shows at 7PM.
01-06-2022 - UPDATE - Antrim Town Zoning Amendment Shoreland Protection Zoom Meeting Tonight 7:00PM
ANTRIM PLANNING BOARD
7:00PM Thursday, January 6, 2022
Virtual Meeting Information for Zoom due to COVID-19
Login Information for Zoom if using mobile app or computer:
Meeting ID #: 625-958-9117
Login Information for Zoom if dialing in by phone:
Dial in By Phone: 1-646-558-8656
Direct Link for Web: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6259589117?pwd=eDQyZlF3LzlJOXI2cUE4Wm9jZmt5UT09
11-28-2021 Attached is the draft of an Antrim Town Zoning Amendment related to Shoreland Protection. There are two planned meetings in December; a Planning Board Meeting for Thursday December 2nd at the Antrim Town Hall, 7-9 pm and a public hearing scheduled for December 16th. Once finalized by the Planning Board this would be voted on at the next annual Town Meeting.
A prominent feature of this amendment is to allow use between 50 and 100 ft. (a change of the minimum construction setbacks to the waterline from 100 ft. to 50 ft; section H, item 3). Section M provides further information related to “Nonconforming Structures”.
For your information the Hillsboro setback is 75 ft. Antrim Shoreland Protection Amendment 11-27-2021.pdf