The Lake Host program is our line of defense against infestation of Newfound Lake by invasive species such as milfoil, fanwort and zebra mussels. Once invasives become established, they are nearly impossible to eradicate, cost tens of thousands of dollars annually to control, and reduce property and recreational values by roughly one-third.
You can help by volunteering as a Lake Host, which involves:
- Greeting boaters as they come to the boat launch
- Inspecting incoming and outgoing boats for vegetation or aquatic species
- Educating the interested boaters of Newfound Lake
- Promoting the cleaning, draining and drying of boats before entering a body of water
Not a bad job, hanging out at the Lake and meeting people (or reading a good book when things are slow at the ramp) while preventing our most proximal threat!
Weed Watchers are volunteers who observe the shores for the presence of aquatic plants, both native and invasive. While several areas of Newfound are closely watched, most of the shoreline remains unmonitored. With additional volunteers, we can cover more of the shoreline and nip the growth of invasive species colonies in the bud. Weed watching usually takes place once a month from late May through August.
Here’s what volunteer Weed Watchers do:
- Learn how to identify invasive plants and animals
- Swim and/or boat around shallow areas looking for these species
- Notify NLRA about any changes in plant growth and any sightings of potential invasives and water quality changes
Come explore Newfound Lake’s shores with a snorkel and mask or from your boat while ensuring this lake is invasive free for years to come.