Pawtuckaway Lake Association

Pawtuckaway Lake Improvement Association

Reflections On The Lake

"Bees have different jobs that are given to them at birth and they have that job throughout life. Some clean the cells out, some feed the brood, some feed the queen, some act as sentries at the hive opening, and most are foragers. The foragers go out into the fields to collect pollen and nectar. They all have a specific job, it is very well organized." 

Peter Lyle, beekeeper
Excerpt from 'Pawtuckaways Own Beekeeper' interview

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, May 24 Print E-mail
Written by Site Administrator   

Combined Weed Watch and Lake Host Training


Conducted by Therese Thompson at 32 Dolloff Dam, Nottingham
Saturday, May 24 from 9:00-11:00am

You may come either by land or by lake to this training. Please RSVP by May 19 so we can have enough materials for all.

Steve and Peggy Co-Captains
Weed Watch Warriors W3
Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it - Home  603 895-6120 -  Steve's Cell 603 568-3202

 There will be a demonstration of how to inspect a boat and a trailer included. 

If you love living on Pawtuckaway Lake and would like to become involved, the Pawtuckaway Lake Improvement Association would really appreciate your involvement. There's a small, very dedicated group on the lake that could use your helping hands.


Presidents' Report Print E-mail
Written by Tom Duffy   

What a year for Pawtuckaway!  Challenges have been met; agreements have been made.


Lake Levels - Winter Drawdown- Lamprey River Watershed Instream Plan
On October 5, the PLIA signed a Partnership Participation Agreement with the Department of Environmental Services (DES), the first of its kind in NH with a lake association. We believe that it safeguards our seat at the table of any changes from State authorities that may affect the lake and watershed.
Accordingly, DES has drawn down Pawtuckaway Lake to the 4.8 foot level (245.5 of elevation). As we did last year, DES will hold at this lake level for a few days to give lake front owners another opportunity to review this level with respect to their shorelines and docks. A table of hourly lake levels can be seen at   
This week, DES is lowering the lake to 5.0 feet and will not lower it any further over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Stream flows currently are low, although conditions are not as low as would require an actual winter release.  It is expected that there may be over an inch of rain in the next three days, and therefore DES intends to conduct a two-day test pulse release beginning December 10, since there won't be stable conditions nor will the lake level be down to the proposed 5.0 foot level until then.  Also, we will be sending out a notification of the planned test pulse release prior to the test, as a trial of the notification procedure.  Our goal is to see how far we can draw down the lake and still have an effective emergency pulse flow in Newmarket.
So far, almost ALL of the water has left Pawtuckaway through the Northern Dam (Drown's), as the goal is to have 70% of annual drawdown up there where the heavy phosphorous content originates. This is working better than expected, even drawing water to the dam from the south channel! I am very pleased with the new cooperation between PLIA, DES, and Nottingham regarding the lake. I thank all of you who participated in the hearings and made comments to make this happen. 


DES Instream Flow Program Public Informational Meeting Print E-mail
Written by Site Administrator   

Monday, September 16, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Nottingham Town Hall, 139 Stage Road (Route 152), Nottingham, NH

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) Instream Flow Program announces a public informational meeting to review and discuss the Notice of Decision regarding the Lake Level Investigation for Pawtuckaway Lake:


As well as to review and discuss the Lamprey River Water Management Plan and, in particular, the Management Plans for Dolloff Dam and Drowns Dam

Lamprey water management plan

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and to engage in an open discussion of the Lake Level Investigation and the Management Plan as it relates to the water quality and water quantity, lake and river ecosystems, as well as human uses and values of Pawtuckaway Lake and the Lamprey River watershed. It's important that you attend this important meeting and address your questions and/or concerns.

Congratulations Tom Duffy! Print E-mail
Written by Pam Kelly   

Tom O'Brien, NHLA President and Tom Duffy
Pawtuckaway Lake Improvement Association President Tom Duffy wins prestigious Morten Award.

The New Hampshire Lakes Association awarded the John F. Morten Memorial Award for Exemplary Lakes Stewardship to Tom Duffy on August 25, 2013. — The John F. Morten Memorial Award is given annually by the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) to that person who has demonstrated exemplary lake stewardship for the lakes and ponds of New Hampshire. NH LAKES President Tom O’Brien, surrounded by a group of members from the Pawtuckaway Lake Improvement Association (PLIA) of Nottingham, presented the 2013 Morten Award to Tom Duffy, a long-time dedicated member and President of the PLIA.


Draft of the Lamprey River Management Plan Print E-mail
Written by Liz Kotowski   
The 2013 draft plan is an update from the LRAC's 2007 Lamprey River Management Plan that takes into account the expansion of the protected river corridors in 2011.  It mentions Pawtuckaway Lake once (and the Pawtuckaway River a lot).  Instream flow is mentioned just once. The plan seems to be a well-developed document that mostly focuses on corridor protection and water quality. 
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PLIA Mission Statement

The Pawtuckaway Lake Improvement Association (PLIA) is a Private, Non-Profit Organization formed to monitor and act upon environmental and safety issues in the Pawtuckaway Lake Watershed area. The PLIA also provides education, information, recreation and other services to its members.

The Association routinely conducts water quality sampling under the New Hampshire Volunteer Lake Assessment program of the State of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Other activities (sailboat races, fishing derbies, etc.) may be coordinated by the Association, but are funded by program participants.