State News and Alerts

As a regional organization, one of our strengths is sharing information, networking and supporting state and local groups New England-wide. This page will contain links to state conferences and other information.

MA COLAP Conference:
Climate Change and Lakes in Massachusetts
  • Friday, April 7, 2017,  8 am – 3 pm
  • Westborough, MA
Senator Anne Gobi will start the day with opening remarks and we will hear from the DEP and DFW. We have vendors, posters and an Intro to Lake Management Workshop.   See to learn more!
Rhode Island Save the Lakes Annual Forum:
So your lake has issues, now what?
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017,  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Johnston, RI
Learn how lakes function and discuss how we all can work to protect them. Guest speaker, Project Scientist and Group Manager at ESS Group, Inc., Matt Ladewig will answer the question So your lake has issues. Now what? Staff from the RI Department of Environmental Management will be there with updates, answer questions, and help address lake issues. See for more details.

NEC-NALMS Round Table Update Summary

Below is a very brief summary of the most important lake-related news from our winter NEC-NALMS leadership committee meeting, which always includes state updates.

  • Vermont
    • Webinars by VTDEC about VT lake issues and basic limnology are focusing on shoreline residents and other users and are scheduled throughout the year.
    • VT is working to improve lake reporting to better express conditions.
    • Amy Picotte is working cooperatively with the Extension Service on shoreland management demonstration projects.
    • The VT Lakes Conference is scheduled for June 2nd.
  • Maine
    • 2016 data from monitoring efforts are in the quality assurance process, and include habitat assessment and new biological metrics for invertebrates and quantitative plant transects.
    • LEA convened a workshop on tipping points in lakes, with extensive discussion of thresholds and institutional needs, along with updating the vulnerability index.
    • DEP performed a round of cyanotoxin monitoring in 2016, following up on the 2015 effort, but the data are not yet available.
    • One new lake infestation, by spiny naiad (Najas minor), brings the total lakes infested with any invasive plant to 47.
    • Rapid response for variable milfoil in Annabessacook Lake near Augusta is underway. Sebago Lake has variable milfoil removal as well and is in the 2nd year of a planned 5 year program; Sebago has about 100 acres of infested area.
    • The Portland Water District will be installing a real time monitoring buoy in Sebago Lake in 2017.
    • 2017 Maine Lakes Conference (Saturday, June 24, 2017)
  • Rhode Island
    • 2017 marks the 30th year for the very successful volunteer monitoring program, which has a new benefactor helping with fundraising (goal of +$30, 000 for 30th year).
    • DEM hired a new water related staffer.
    • There is concern over EPA funding freeze, as most programs in RI depend on it.
    • RI certainly has water management needs, but no new problems were identified in 2016.
    • Rhode Island will be hosting Our New England Waters at URI’s Kingston campus, Friday and Saturday, June 9 & 10, 2017
  • New Hampshire
    • The new beach and cyanobacteria monitoring coordinator (Amanda Murby McQuade), is expanding those programs.
    • A new law is in effect banning transport of any plants among lakes, which enhances control of boat transport and has a strucuture for fines.
    • NH is preparing for the 3rd round of the National Lake Assessment in 2017, expanding the number of lakes to be assessed.
    • NHDES is continuing the intensive lake survey program; 3 samplings of 10 lakes in each of 3 years. There is a report for first 3 years (first complete cycle).
    • There is an enhanced DES website with tools to aid info transfer, including an ARCGIS lake mapper. The website is
    • NHDES has several monitoring buoys out in various lakes, and discussed some of the data and issues.
    • Working with drinking water suppliers to do more cyanobacteria monitoring, including phycocyanin probe use.
    • Annual NH Lakes Congress will be Thursday and Friday, June 1 – 2, 2017
  • Massachusetts
    • There is a problem with addressing needs with the current high level of regulation, limited funding, and limited collaboration among responsible agencies. The inability to get all relevant groups to decide on a solution to the zebra mussel problem in Laurel Lake was held up as an example; two downstream CT reservoirs are now infested.
    • No new infestations of invasive plants were reported, but MA has many invasive species and infested lakes.
    • The MA COLAP conference will be held on Friday, April 7 at MA DFW HQ in Westboro. Kasie Augur is the Executive Director of COLAP.
  • Connecticut
    • No one from CT was present at the meeting.
    • It was noted that a new hydrilla infestation was discovered in the Connecticut River.
    • State agencies have had staff and budgets cut severely, affecting monitoring, regulatory and management functions.
    • 2017 Connecticut Lakes Conference is Saturday, April 29th