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Northcountry News 3-29-13

Northcountry News 3-29-13

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The Northcountry News is a bi-weekly paper serving approx. 10,000 people in over 40 communities in the Western White Mountains Region of NH and the Upper Connecticut River Valley of both NH and VT
The Northcountry News is a bi-weekly paper serving approx. 10,000 people in over 40 communities in the Western White Mountains Region of NH and the Upper Connecticut River Valley of both NH and VT

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 Maybe this picture will give you the spring spirit! Well, certainly not taken this season, but seeing this gives hope that warm weather and sunshine will soon be around to stay for a bit! This fab-ulous photo of a bluebird feeding its young, was taken by John Green, Warren, NH.
In New Hampshire - Bath, Benton, Bethlehem, Bristol, Campton, Canaan, Dalton, Dorchester, East Haverhill, Easton, Franconia, Glencliff, Groton,Haverhill, Hebron, Landaff, Lincoln, Lisbon, Littleton, Lyman, Monroe, North Haverhill, North Woodstock, Orford, Piermont, Pike, Plymouth, Rumney,Sugar Hill, Swiftwater, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley, Wentworth, and Woodsville. In Vermont - Bradford, Corinth, Fairlee, Groton, Newbury,South Ryegate and Wells River 
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 2012 NH Trophy Fish Winners Announced And A New State Record Pike For 2013__ New Hampshire Lives On Water_______________________________ 
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The winners of New Hamp-shire's 2012 Trophy Fish Pro-gram have been announced byDon Miller, Fisheries Biologistand Trophy Fish Program Coor-dinator for the New HampshireFish and Game Department. The program gives fishing enthusi-asts of all ages the opportunity toreceive recognition while pro-viding biologists with importantinformation on the state's fish-eries over time. All successfulapplicants receive a "TrophyFish" shoulder patch. Then, eachFebruary, the person who caughtthe largest fish in each speciescategory is presented with a spe-cial certificate. There are 22freshwater species and sevensaltwater species categories for  both kept and released fish. Allages and all legal methods of an-gling are represented.The Trophy Fish Program wascreated in the 1970s, althoughthe state's record fish informa-tion dates back to 1911. "Over the years the Trophy Fish Pro-gram provides us valuable dataon fish populations not normallyreported to us," Don Miller noted. "And almost every year, anew state record is reported,which says a lot about NewHampshire's fisheries."Three state records were docu-mented in 2012. Andrew Whiteof Vernon, Vermont caught a 30inch long, 11 pound, 6.88 ouncechannel catfish out of the Con-necticut River in Hinsdale. Ear-lier that same month, White hadcaught a 10 pound, 3.52 ouncechannel catfish in the same wa-ters, which measured 30.75inches. Timothy Moore Jr. of Portsmouth caught a record greytriggerfish weighing 2 pounds,1.12 ounces and measuring animpressive 15.5 inches in length.Marc Schloss of Northboro,Massachusetts, caught a 9 pound, 0.06 ounce, 21.25 inchlong tautog (or blackfish) inHampton Harbor for a newrecord in that category.And 2013 is off to a great startwith the verified new recordnorthern pike caught on Febru-ary 16 of this year. Kevin Phelpsof Monroe caught a 24 pound,9.44 ounce pike at the MooreReservoir on the ConnecticutRiver. Congratulations, Kevin!Fourteen categories of "catchand release" species and elevencategories of "kept" fish were
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 By Thomas Burack, DES Commissioner 
There may be no better way tosee how our environment sup- ports a vibrant state economythan to consider our reliance onwater. First, tourism is a main-stay of our economy, and muchof our tourism is water-based or is supported by clean rivers,lakes, and ocean waters. Sec-ond, high-quality water bodiesand recreational opportunitiesare critical to the excellent qual-ity of life that helps to attract em- ployers and an educated work force to New Hampshire andsupport the “New Hampshire ad-vantage.” Third, reliable water services such as clean drinkingwater, reliable wastewater dis- posal and properly maintaineddams provide essential supportto New Hampshire’s economy.We would like to think that our high-quality water resources andwater services will always behere, that our quality of life willonly improve, and that our infra-structure will always support astrong economy. But accordingto the Water Sustainability Com-mission, appointed by Governor John Lynch in 2011, New Hamp-shire faces new water-relatedchallenges now and in the com-ing years, and new approachesare needed to ensure that our state will have enough cleanwater for future generations. New Hampshire Lives on Water is the Water Sustainability Com-mission’s highly readable 28- page report, urging governmentand the private sector to work to-gether on long-term approachesto addressing water issues. Thereport identifies four key areasthat need to be addressed: water-related education, infrastructure
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represented in New Hampshire's 2012 Trophy Fish Program. In2012, three lake trout were caught and registered over 20 lbs. insize, quite a remarkable feat.Of the 83 entrants in 2012, 11 anglers (or 13%) were under 15 yearsold. And these kids are serious anglers! Justin Learn, an 11 year oldfrom Hillsborough, caught a 14 pound, 5.76 ounce northern pike atPierce Lake to win his category. Thirteen-year-old Drew Dunlap of Meredith just missed the win in the largemouth bass catch-and-re-lease category with a very respectable 24-inch largemouth caughton Lake Winnipesaukee. Nine-year-old Liam Hemmerling of En-field, ten-year-old Wyatt Lumsden of Milton, and two seven year olds, Katy Nowell of Braintree, MA, and Dominic DeClement of Hollis, N.H., all caught and released excellent largemouth bass fromlakes around the state. Samuel Bennett, age 15, of New Boston,caught and released a 15-inch black crappie. Congratulations to allthe entrants and winners for 2012. Grab the kids and get fishing for 2013!A complete listing of all entries, plus links to application forms,rules, records and winners from past years can be found athttp://www.fishnh.com/Fishing/trophy/2012.html.
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investment, forward-lookingmanagement approaches, andenvironmental monitoring.The Commission’s 14 membersrepresented a broad range of per-spectives on water needs, use,and management. Only twomembers – the Director of the N.H. Fish and Game Departmentand I – represented state govern-ment agencies; the rest repre-sented municipalities and the private and non-profit sectors.The Commission reviewed pre-vious work, consulted with ex- perts, and conducted anextensive public participation process which included publicforums in six locations through-out the state.An overview of the Commis-sion’s findings makes it clear that there is no room for compla-cency:♦ New Hampshire residents rec-ognize the importance of water to their quality of life, but manyare asking for more informationabout their role in ensuring a sus-tainable water future for NewHampshire.♦ Residents are increasingly con-cerned about access to and con-trol of water and water supplies.♦ New Hampshire is experienc-ing declining water quality insome of our lakes, rivers and es-tuaries.♦ Extreme weather events are in-creasingly frequent, causing problems with water quality,stormwater systems, flooding,and the ability of water systemsto meet customers’ needs.♦ The state’s water infrastruc-ture, last extensively upgraded inthe 1970s and 1980s, is agingand increasingly inadequate tomeet present needs.♦ Water issues vary from one part of the state to another. Thereis no one-size-fits-all solutionthat solves problems from the North Country to the Seacoast.At the same time, although thequality of groundwater variesfrom place to place, private wellsthroughout the state should betested for naturally occurringcontaminants such as arsenic andradon and for manmade contam-inants such as MtBE so thathomeowners can take appropri-ate action to protect their fami-lies’ health.♦ Investment is needed to protectour water resources and maintainour water infrastructure if thestate wants to maintain its water-derived economic advantage.It bears repeating that the Com-mission felt that the water chal-lenges we face now and will facein the future are different thanthose of the past; therefore, it istime for a departure from the so-lutions of the past. Today’swater problems are more com- plex and require smarter ap- proaches and more resources toaddress them. The solutions re-quire the involvement of not juststate and local governments, but businesses, institutions, individ-uals, and the Legislature. Cleanwater, where and when we needit, is a renewable resource onlyif we manage it effectively. Weowe its care to our children andtheir children. The work must begin now.You can view the report on theWater Sustainability Commis-sion’s website,http://www.nh.gov/water-sus-tainability/. You can also learnmore about some of New Hamp-shire’s water challenges and thework underway to address them by registering for the 2013 NewHampshire Water and WatershedConference, which will take place March 22, World Water Day(http://www.plymouth.edu/cen-ter-for-the-environment/2013-nh-water-watershed-conference/).

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