On Thursday, July 8th at 7PM, Roger Wheeler will present Threats to New England Lakes and Ponds in the Tin Mountain Conservation Center Coleman Great Room at the Center on Bald Hill Road in Albany, NH. Roger Wheeler has participated in the lake water quality debate in New England for many years. He understands the problems that confront the region’s lakes and the measures that will need to be taken to effectively address them.


Roger’s will discuss one of the key threats to lakes and rivers – the unnatural regulation of freshwater flows created by dams. One of the not-so-well-recognized effects is silica depletion that appears to be adversely affecting lake health. Sebago Lake and China Lake provide excellent examples of unnatural lake regulation because a wealth of data and studies by experts exists for these two lakes. Much of the information was not available even 5-10 years ago. The information that is being accumulated is exciting and reinforces the notion that everything is connected.  Pollution of our inland waters, unnatural flows, and fragmentation of ecosystems by dams has direct adverse effects on lakes, but they also influence the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and even the earth’s carbon cycle.


For more information on this and upcoming programs, classes, and events at Tin Mountain Conservation Center, contact Donna at 447-6991. Learn more about other Tin Mountain programs at www.tinmountain.org. Cost to non-members is $3/person and $5/family; members are free. This Community Nature Program is funded in part by L.L. Bean, the Evenor Armington Fund, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) providing assistance to local landowners from its office in Conway, NH.