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PETITION IN SUPPORT OF LOWER WATER LEVEL

ON LAKES WAUKEWAN AND WINONA


We, the undersigned, are in support of the NH DES Interim Operating Plan for Lake Waukewan which attempts to achieve a lower water level on Lakes Waukewan and Winona for the following
Environmental reasons:

1. A lower lake level provides storage capacity to help prevent disastrous flooding such as that of spring 2006 and summer 2008. It allows storage capacity for longtime developed properties which are impacted by high water so they are not flooded when we have periods of rain.

2. A lower lake level relieves pressure on leach fields and septic systems by reducing groundwater saturation so they can function as they were designed and stop allowing septic system phosphorus to flow into the lakes.

3. A lower lake level will help curtail further erosion of the shoreline which causes siltation into the lake and, thus reduce the sediment load in both lakes.

4. Lower water levels mean that the wetland known as Snake River will be able to once again serve as a "filter" for the water flowing from Lake Winona to Lake Waukewan instead of the flood stage it has been held in recent years. It can serve as the wetlands wildlife habitat it is meant to be.

5. A lower lake level means that loon nesting sites, which have been kept under water in wetland areas, are now available to loons trying to nest.

6. A lower lake level means that the roots of terrestrial vegetation will no longer be saturated or surrounded with water which causes shoreline bushes and trees to die off, increasing the sediment load in the lakes and leading to shallower lakes in the long run. This loss of shoreline vegetation also increases lake phosphorus. Once the trees and vegetation die they can no longer take up phosphorus preventing it from entering the lake, therefore phosphorus from the dead trees and other shoreline vegetation is released into the lake.

7. A lower lake level means that there will be fewer nutrients (phosphorus) available to cyanobacteria. Cyanobacterias main nutrient for cell production is phosphorus. Although cyanobacteria is naturally occurring in NH's lakes, when phosphorus levels increase, cyanobacteria increases to produce toxic blooms. Cyanobacteria are known to produce neurotoxins and hepatoxins causing serious health issues for people and animals. This is most important because there is no treatment for cyanobacteria blooms and they can affect the entire water body.

8. A lower lake level assists in preventing further damage to properties such as erosion of shore frontage, ongoing flooding of land, flooding of crawl spaces, damage to foundations, retaining walls, dock systems, boathouses, tree loss, beaches and yards held underwater (loss of property). All damage caused by high water and wave action.

9. A lower water level returns beach areas including the Meredith Town beach, which have been held underwater.

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those concerened with the health of the lakes

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