MLPA Educational Materials

Not an exhaustive list of rules and regulations; Check town and state websites for more details

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Green Filamentous Algae:


Best Management Practices:
Best Management Practices (BMPs) protect water quality and promote soil conservation; the 10 most protective activities are listed in this manual from Effingham, NH

Boat Registration:
NH laws requiring boating education and licensing for 25 horsepower and above

Boating Education:
How to register or renew your boat with the state of NH on an annual basis

NH prohibitions around burning and the need for town fire permits for any kind of burning; check town regulations and/or your local fire department before burning.


Cyanobacteria: Environmental Fact Sheet: Cyanobacteria (PDF)
Potential dangers of cyanobacteria in New Hampshire waters

Cyanobacteria: NH Waters What is Cyanobacteria? (PDF)
Information about cyanobacteria and the hazardous algae-looking blooms that can become toxic

Cyanobacteria: What to Do If You Observe a Cyanobacteria Bloom (PDF)
What to do if you observe cyanobacteria in Mirror Lake

Cyanobacteria Statewide Plan NHDES Webinars I, II, III:
Webinar I: NHDES NH Statewide Cyanobacteria Plan: A Statewide Strategy
Webinar II: NHDES Cyanobacteria in New Hampshire and How You Can Help
Webinar III: NHDES Lake Protection Action for Homeowners


Dripline Infiltration Trench:

Driveway Infiltration Trench:

Dry Well:


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Fertilizer: and the lake
Please don’t fertilize Mirror Lake plus a description on how to safely use fertilizer

Fireworks: Fireworks and New Hampshire’s Lakes (PDF)
There are growing concerns about the use of fireworks around New Hampshire’s Lakes.

Fishing License:
How to buy or renew a fishing license through NH Fish and Game


Green Filamentous Algae:


Healthy Swimming Mapper:
Up-to-date list of beach closures in NH, including Mirror Lake (should that happen) due to outbreaks

Hike Safe Card for hiking, paddling, cross country skiing, and other outdoor recreational activities:

Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management:

Hunting License:
How to buy or renew a hunting license through NH Fish and Game


Infiltration Steps:

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Lake Eutrophication: The Natural Aging of Lakes
Description of how lakes age and the stage lakes around NH Oligotrophic; Mesotrophic; Eutrophic

Lake Foam:
An explanation of the natural phenomenon of foam in lakes

Lakes Lay Monitoring Program:
The UNH Extension program for sampling lake water

Lake Smart: A lake-friendly living program
A guide for homeowners with regard to education, evaluation, and recognition of Best Management Practices Start the process by taking the online survey then decide if you would like a visit and free consultation!

Landscaping at the Waters Edge:

Life Jackets:
Rules and laws for boating safety in NH


Milfoil: in NH
A description of the dangers of the invasive plant milfoil and the status of milfoil in NH


Native Plants for NH Rain Gardens:

New Hampshire’s Public Beach Inspection Program:


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Pervious Walkways and Patios:

Pets and the Lake:
Descriptions of how to keep your pet safe and healthy as well as how to protect the lake from animal waste

Phosphorus in Lakes:

Protected Shoreline Frequently Asked Questions:


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Rain Barrel:

Rain Garden:


Septic Systems:
How a septic system works and what is needed to care for a septic system

Shoreline Protection Act:
A summary of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws and policies regarding shorelines

Shoreline Protection Act NH:
NH questions, answers, and descriptions of the Shoreline Protection Act as implemented in New Hampshire

Soak Up the Rain DO IT YOURSELF Projects for homeowners:

Soak Up the Rain Your Land; Your Water; Your Solution:

Stormwater Management I: NH Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management
Do-it-yourself stormwater solutions for your home

Stormwater Management II: A Shoreland Homeowners Guide to Stormwater Management (PDF)
Comprehensive guide to assist shoreland homeowners in reducing or preventing polluted stormwater or meltwater runoff

Swimmer’s Itch:
The Center for Disease Control description of, and how to treat, swimmer’s itch


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NH Marine Patrol rules for water skiing, tubing, and boat-towing people in any fashion


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Vegetative Buffer:


Water Resources in New Hampshire:
A website designed by the Office of Strategic Initiatives, an official NH government site

Watershed Education:

Wentworth Watershed Association 2023 Water Summit:
Wentworth Watershed Association 2023 Water Summit

Wildlife: Frequently Asked Questions:

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Aquatic Plant Field Guide

Download the printable 2019 MLPA Aquatic Lake Field Guide PDF by clicking the download button now.

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Bear sightings!

Bear sightings around Mirror Lake are becoming more common. NH Fish and Game advises taking down bird feeders; firmly securing trash containers; thoroughly cleaning grills; and not leaving food of any kind in cars, sheds, decks etc. Keep doors and windows locked at night and when you leave the house. Bears will avoid ammonia soaked rags and loud noises such as clanging pots and pans, airhorns, yelling, clapping and such.

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