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DATE: March 2, 2011
CONTACT: Paul Susca, 603 271-7061

Public Meeting to Focus on Changes to Rules Protecting Lake Massabesic

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Manchester Water Works will hold a public information meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 7 p.m., 281 Lincoln Street in Manchester on a proposal to amend existing rules for the protection of Lake Massabesic.

The existing rules restrict activities in, on, or near Lake Massabesic, which is the sole source of public drinking water for the city of Manchester. The key proposed amendments would:

1) Limit horseback riding on Manchester Water Works’ property to designated gravel fire roads and prohibit horseback riding in or on Lake Massabesic and its tributaries.

2) Require boaters to remove and properly dispose of all milfoil or other exotic plants from their boats, trailers, and watercraft motors.

3) Prohibit boaters from entering “Restricted Use Areas” designated to avoid the spread of invasive aquatic vegetation.

This meeting will provide an opportunity for interested parties to read and comment on the existing rules and proposed amendments.

The existing rules are Env-Ws 386.47, Protection of The Purity of The Water of Lake Massabesic and its Tributaries, which DES plans to renumber as Env-Dw 902.39. The rules must be re-adopted periodically.

For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the proposed rule changes, please contact Paul Susca at (603) 271-7061 or via email at

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