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By popular demand and with the help of Beeze Tees, the Spofford Lake Association's apparel store is again open till August 14th!  To place your order, go to:

 http://spoffordlake.deco-apparel.com/  

Have it shipped to you directly. Be decisive. Act!  Who wants what in what size? Don't be at fault for missing out. The hats are the best....!


MISSION STATEMENT

To protect, enhance and sustain the ecological, environmental and recreational character of Spofford Lake and the surrounding watershed.

The Spofford Lake Association is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Spofford Lake is a 739-acre (2.99 km2) water body located in Cheshire County in southwestern New Hampshire, in the town of Chesterfield. Water from Spofford Lake flows via Partridge Brook to the Connecticut River. The village of Spofford is located at the lake's outlet.

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MEMBER BENEFITS

Donations fund our projects "to protect, enhance and sustain the ecological, environmental, and recreational character of Spofford Lake and the surrounding watershed". These include the Core Sediment Analysis Project, the Solitude Lake Mgt Inspection, the Lake Host program, Water Quality Testing, and the Weed Watch program.

In 2019, the SLA's 238 members donated $37,703 toward the cost of these programs.


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SPRING NEWSLETTER


View or Print the Spofford Lake Association Spring 2020 newsletter here. All that's missing is your donation envelope.

A copy was mailed the first week of July.

If you have questions, comments, gripes or compliments, please send us an email via the Contact Us.



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Proposed Lake District Septic System Health Regulation

As noted above, the Spofford Lake Association's mission is to protect, enhance and sustain the ecological, environmental and recreational character of Spofford Lake and the surrounding watershed. Given this, the SLA actively supports and encourages efforts to reduce and eliminate actions or substances deemed harmful to the Lake's water quality.

The lake is a jewel of clean and clear water. Shoreline residents enjoy the Lake's ever changing natural beauty and immediate access to its recreational offerings. With these benefits come the responsibility and obligation to act in the interest of the Lake's health.

As noted in our recent newsletter, the Lake is changing.  We cannot treat it the way we did 50 or even 25 years ago. To this end, the town has proposed a health regulation for septic systems in the Spofford Lake District (https://chesterfield.nh.gov).  The goal of this regulation is to protect the lake by ensuring that septic systems close to the Lake are not in failure, are being maintained properly and, over time, are all DES approved. The proposal includes, among other items, filing with the Town and meeting ongoing inspection and pumping requirements. Additionally, all Lake District septic systems, upon property sale or transfer, will require DES certification regardless of condition. Particularly for legacy systems, this may be costly.

As SLA board members have done, individually and collectively, I urge you to carefully weigh the long-term benefits to the Lake's ecology and to the community against the financial costs of these regulations to individual property owners.
The Board of Selectmen is interested in hearing from you on this issue.
A public hearing is to be held August 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Thank you.

For the SLA Board,

Bayard Tracy



Spofford Lake Resource Information

Everyone enjoys Spofford Lake. It's a jewel and remains such thanks, in part, to state regulations enforced by a number of NH agencies.

We have compiled a short listing of state departments you can contact concerning frequently asked questions for:








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Spofford Lake Association
PO Box 177
Spofford NH, 03462 USA

info@SpoffordLakeAssociation.org

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The Spofford Lake Association is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


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