Local Camp Youth Protect Lake Health

YMCA Camp Huckins 2017 – August CITs (counselors in training) helped protect the water quality of Broad Bay by installing infiltration trenches around one of their camp buildings yesterday.  Under the guidance of Corey Lane, Green Mountain Conservation Group Program Director, these young women showed up during their free time to dig out an area about one foot deep and two feet wide along both sides of one of their 20 foot building with hand tools. They then lined the sides with landscape fabric and filled it with gravel so the rain can now filter into the ground instead of running down into the lake during heavy rain events. The project is not quite finished yet as another load of stone will be brought in soon to complete their efforts. Thank you for all of your hard work Camp Huckins and thanks to the NH Charitable Foundation for partially funding this project!

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Go to soaknh.org for a lot of great info and instructions on how to correct erosion on your property!

Camp Cody Youth install Water Bars to Protect Lake Health  – Published in Soak Up the Rain New Hampshire and written by Lisa Loosigian, Watershed Assistance Section, NH Department of Environmental Services.

Camp Cody, located on Ossipee Lake in Freedom, has all the usual summer camp activities – boating, creative arts, team sports, and more. The Camp Cody 1camp also has some erosion problems, so, during the summer of 2016, campers had an opportunity to get involved in a different type of activity. They had a hands-on experience learning one way to help prevent erosion and protect the clean water of Ossipee Lake.

Just as campers follow trails to the waterfront, so do rivulets of water when it rains. As the water flows down the path or road, it loosens and erodes sand and soil. One resulting problem is obvious: the path may become unstable or unusable and need repair. Another problem often happens when the flowing water carries the sand and soil into a water body such as Ossipee Lake – water pollution. The sand and soil may contribute to unhealthy lake water by delivering excessive nutrients that stimulate the overgrowth of water plants. That overgrowth of plants such as algae and common water weeds may make the water toxic, cloudy, or choked with too much vegetation. See the chart below for a step-by-step description of how this occurs. Additionally, the sediment itself may stay suspended in the water making it cloudy and a poor habitat for fish, or the sediment may settle on the bottom suffocating critters that live there.

Water Bars & Campers to the Rescue
To help prevent this chain of events at Camp Cody, Corey Lane of the Green Mountain Conservation Group partnered with the camp and Soak Up the Rain NH (SOAKNH) to install a set of water bars.  Jessica Starkman, Assistant Director of the camp, orchestrated the installation day on a beautiful day in September 2016. First, the water bars were constructed by the camp’s maintenance department by sandwiching strips of used conveyor belt material between two pieces of lumber. Then the bars were installed by groups of campers and counselors taking turn digging trenches, fitting the bars in place, and hauling stone to back fill the bars.

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The result was exactly what was needed to help address the erosion issue: two water bars installed along a well-used path to the lake. Water flowing down the path hits the water bars and is directed off the path into the vegetation. This prevents the water from continuing down the path toward Ossipee Lake. This in turn helps prevent sand, sediment, and nutrients from entering the lake protecting the clean, clear water enjoyed by the campers and wildlife.

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Green Mountain Conservation Group thanks the NH Charitable Foundation for partially funding this project.