Anyone interested in keeping water clean and plentiful in Beaver Lake and its watershed is invited to learn more about the water's care and future.

The Beaver Lake Watershed Partnership, along with the Beaver Lake Improvement Society and the town of Derry, is planning events and activities to get people involved in the life of the lake and its watershed. A storm drain stenciling event was planned for last Saturday where volunteers came out to paint the drains to advise people of potential dangers to the watershed if certain materials are dumped there.

On the storm drains that feed into the watershed, volunteers stenciled the messages "Dump No Waste, Drains to Lake," "Dump No Waste, Drains to Stream" and "Dump No Waste, Drains to Wetland."

The watershed partnership group, consisting of volunteers, lake supporters and residents from Derry, Chester and Auburn, met with state officials and formed a plan, now known as the Beaver Lake Watershed Management Plan. The group worked for the last two years on the plan and now is the time for people in the watershed areas to step up and get involved, planners said.

Pinkerton Academy students also worked on the management plan by taking the Academy's Stream Teams out into the lake's areas to take water samples and complete stream and water source surveys. The students plan to continue their watershed work this year.

Part of the plan is to work as communities to keep the watershed safe and clean as well as plan activities and offer resources for volunteers to get involved. The official plan lists 78 activities that can be carried out to support the watershed -- some easy, some more complex.

The Beaver Lake Watershed is comprised of 6,755 acres.

In August, when the plan was unveiled, Stephen Landry of the state Department of Environmental Services said forming the partnership was a "very exciting moment in time."

It was time to carry out the plan's objectives to keep the watershed intact, he said.

"This plan clearly illustrates what needs to happen," Landry said. "You can make a difference by taking on one activity."

The management plan for the watershed gave him hope, he said, that the lake would continue to support swimming, boating and the habitat.

"It all comes down to quality of life," Landry said.

The entire Beaver Lake management plan is available to view at To learn more about getting involved in the activities defined under the plan, contact Landry at New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Watershed Assistance Section, at 271-2969.

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