**DLIA Member Meeting, Saturday July 8, 9 AM**
**DLIA Member Meeting, Saturday July 8, 9 AM**
Please remember that DLIA has NO jurisdictional authority on the lake- we are not a Homeowner's Association! Below is a contact list to help refer you to the proper agency for assistance:
• Fire or fire pits: Need information on fire pits, bon fires, fire permits? Contact the Deering Police Chief, Jeff LeBlanc at 831-2844 or email@example.com. Fire permits are required for all outside fires.
In a fire emergency, call 911
• Noise: Sound travels well over water, especially at night. Please remember that it is possible to hear conversations across the lake! While the murmur of a quiet group around the campfire is fine, all are encouraged to show consideration for their neighbors by keeping noise down late at night, especially things such as shouting, loud music, firecrackers, etc. If you are bothered by noise, try speaking to the persons responsible, if possible. The Town of Deering noise ordinance sets quiet hours of 10pm to 7am. If the problem persists and cannot be resolved, call the Deering Police Department at 464-3127
• Loons: Please give the loons, especially their nests, and young chicks, a wide berth when boating. If you see or find an injured or dead loon, or see someone harassing or interfering with loons, please contact Glenn Clark at 603-660-1686 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Glenn will contact the appropriate authorities.
• Boating safety: The lake is just like the roadway. We should all know and follow boating regulations and keep safety in mind at all times. Learn the meanings of marker buoys. Slow down within 150 ft of shore, any other boats, or swimmers. Bring your life vest. Yield to boats towing skiers or a float. Please note that jet powered craft under 13ft in length are classified by the State of NH as Ski Craft and are not allowed on Deering Lake. Those over 13ft are classified as PWC, and must follow regular boating regulations. If you observe boat incidents, including accidents, boating while intoxicated, reckless behavior, frequent large wakes in the No Wake zones, speeding or endangering swimmers, paddlers or water fowl, contact the NH Marine Patrol at 603-293-2037 or email@example.com It is helpful to have the ID number of the boat, or know who was driving.
• Invasive plants or animals: if you think you have found an invasive species, you can look at the DES website, where there are photographs of many known invasive species. Still unsure, or sure it is an invasive? Please contact Jen Battistello firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the Weed Watcher team, or contact Amy Smagula at DES: 271-2248 or email@example.com
• Fishing issues: call NH Fish and Game warden dispatch at 271-3361 (8-5, M-F) or with less immediate questions, contact 603-271-3127 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Other concerns, including weeds, algae, shoreline protection, etc.: please contact the Department of Environmental Services at 603-271-3503 (8-4, M-F)
• There is also a Cyanobacteria bloom hotline: 603-848-8094 or HAB@des.nh.gov
A Reminder about Smaller Watercrafts on Deering Lake
Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. New Hampshire accepts the following boating education certificates: A boating certificate issued by another State agency and NASBLA approved.
Deering Lake (Reservoir)
RSA 270:74-a - Skicraft banned 10/01/89.
Per RSA 270:74-a , a ski craft is defined as, less than 13′ in length as manufactured, capable of exceeding 20 mph, and has the capacity to carry not more than the operator and one other person. There are additional regulations that ski craft operators must follow. A personal watercraft (pwc) has the capacity to carry more than the operator and one passenger and must follow the regulations set forth for a motor boat.
While Personal Water Crafts (PWC) are allowed on our lake, it is incumbent for the operator to use in a safe manner, without endangering wildlife or property. Powerboat regulations apply and all must be registered as such.
Please observe all rules and regulations as required by NH State law. Deering Lake is enjoyed by swimmers, kayakers, canoeists, fisherman, and boaters. All motorized watercraft must maintain headway speed when within 150 feet of shore, other boaters, and non-motorized watercraft. Ski crafts are prohibited on Deering Lake.
Objective: To create an environment of safe and courteous use of the lake that will ensure maximum enjoyment of the lake for all, boaters and non boaters. All persons using the lake are asked to be respectful of the rights of others and adhere to common sense rules of courtesy when on or near the lake.
We ask that all residents, guests and renters adhere to the above guidelines and rules to create an atmosphere of safe and friendly usage of the lake for all concerned.
These species are not native to our state and is very difficult to control once it becomes fully established. Milfoil reproduces through fragmentation whereby plant fragments break off from the parent plant through wind or boat action, grow roots, and settle in a new location. Milfoil spreads rapidly and displaces beneficial native plant life. It makes swimming difficult and can devalue waterfront property.
Please help keep Deering Lake clean by ensuring that your visitors drain and clean their boats before entering the lake. Keep our lake free of invasive plants and animals!
Members of DLIA and other community volunteers check for invasive plants and animals throughout the warmer months. If you would like to help, or have concerns about a particular plant or aquatic animal, contact Jen Battistello at email@example.com .
LakeSmart is an education, evaluation, and recognition program that is free, voluntary, and non-regulatory. It includes an evaluation process to determine how lake-friendly your property and activities are. The evaluation covers driveway and parking areas, structures and wastewater treatment systems, and yard and play areas. For properties along the water, the shoreline and shallow water areas of the lake are included.
You can take an online self-assessment to begin the process of learning more!
LakeSmart is administered through New Hampshire Lakes along with trained Deering Lake volunteer evaluators. If you have questions or would like to participate please contact Steve Avery at firstname.lastname@example.org or Betsy Holmes at email@example.com.
Photo: John Rudd taken by Deb Degan
Deering Lake is owned by the State of New Hampshire, and its water quality is monitored by the Department of Environmental Services. They have a robust web presence, and DLIA members have found the response rate of staff to be prompt and helpful.
Check the Deering Town website for most recent updates to the Watershed Protection Overlay Zone for Deering Lake. Here you can find the latest on septic pumping requirements, boundries, etc.