KINGSTON – This summer, thanks to a grant from the New Hampshire Lakes Association, Kingston Lake is being protected from milfoil and other exotic weeds through the diligence of trained Lake Hosts at public ramps. Lake Hosts distribute literature and conduct courtesy, voluntary boat and trailer inspections - removing and properly disposing of all plant material found. The Kingston Lake (Great Pond) Association, Inc is coordinating the program locally.

“With 58 infested lakes, exotic milfoil is a serious problem in New Hampshire,” said David Ingalls, point person for the Lake Hosts Grant. “Once it’s established, there’s no known way to eradicate it. Milfoil seriously compromises the recreational, ecological, and economic value of a lake, costing tens of thousands of dollars to control annually. It’s better to prevent it in the first place.”

This summer more than 200 Lake Hosts are staffing 67 public access ramps on 58 NH lakes and ponds to educate boaters about exotic plants. They will inspect more than 35,000 boats. Last year fifty-four “saves” were made, as Lake Hosts removed vegetation that turned out to be milfoil or other exotic plants on twelve water bodies. You can help by remembering to inspect your boat every time you enter, and leave, a lake or pond. It is illegal to transport exotic milfoil.

Funding for the Lake Host Program is provided in part by a grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services, thanks to legislation passed in 2002 that created a milfoil education and research grants program.

Eighteen volunteers from the Kingston Lake Association will be on duty at various times over the summer to greet and educate boaters and do voluntary boat inspections.

For more information, contact Dave Ingalls, point person for the Grant and a member of the lake association and the Kingston Conservation Commission) at 642-3156 or email at dmingalls@comcast.net.

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