Watershed Grants

Since the late 1990's, LSPA has been awarded grant funding for a number of water resource protection projects in the Lake Sunapee watershed including stream bank restoration and stormwater bio-retention structures. The majority of these projects were designed to slow down and capture stormwater runoff that often cause erosion and can transport sediments laden with excessive nutrients and pesticides into Lake Sunapee.

2018 Watershed Management plan

The current grant-funded project that LSPA is working on is under Section 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act and is administered through the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). The existing Watershed Management Plan (WMP), completed in 2008, does not satisfy all nine elements required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a watershed based plan so it needs to be updated. This will also allow LSPA to apply and qualify for future grant funding to implement the plan.

The main goal of the new plan is to identify strategies to reduce current and future phosphorus loading into Lake Sunapee to avoid a decline in water quality. For more information or if you have questions regarding the watershed management plan, please contact Project Manager Geoff Lizotte.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the 2018 WMP.

This project would not be possible without the local partners listed below:

  • Town of Sunapee

  • Town of New London

  • Town of Newbury

  • NH Department of Transportation, District 2

  • Volunteers from local communities