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Lake Sunapee Watershed Portfolio

"Water links us to our neighbor in a way more profound and complex than any other."

This portfolio of the Lake Sunapee Watershed is a compilation of information about the qualities and characteristics of this area. The purpose in collecting and analyzing this information is to provide a reference tool for the Lake Sunapee Protective Association (LSPA) in its effort to develop a watershed management plan. As a community-based project, there was a cooperative relationship between the Institute for Community and Environment at Colby-Sawyer College, the LSPA, and all six towns located in the watershed. This portfolio represents an array of information concerning the watershed.

Below you will find links to the nine chapters of the portfolio. The Watershed Investigation provides information pertaining to each of the individual towns in the watershed (Goshen, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sunapee, and Sutton). The Natural Resources Inventory offers descriptions about the natural and physical conditions of the watershed, along with important information about land use. The Comprehensive Lake Inventory is an in-depth list of questions and their answers pertaining to the lake system, with an overall rating of the status of Lake Sunapee. Rate of Development and Impervious Layers, while attributes of the Comprehensive Lake Inventory, have been categorized as critical points of interest for future development and land use practices. The final chapters, Carrying Capacity Literature Reviews, Environmental Policy Reports, Media Pieces and Newsletter contain documents relevant to the watershed, with case studies, research, analyses, and recommendations for the LSPA to use in the future. The Lake Sunapee Watershed Portfolio can be utilized as a whole document, yet also has the capability of having pieces excerpted for specific purposes.