Laconia: City on the Lakes

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2016 - It has come to the Laconia Conservation Commission's attention as the City begins to build on some of its more remote areas it is critical tomodify our current ordinance toinclude a 30-foot buffer from the edge of both banksof smaller streams. Taking this action will prevent the inevitable property damagedeveloptment take place to close toour streams.

2016 - Black Brook Geomorphological Watershed Plan is underway.

2015 - United with The Opechee Milfoil Managment Groupand formed the Invasive Aquatic Subcommitttee to propely address the city wide Milfoil problem.

2014 - Formed the Brook Managment Subcommittee to address water quality and stream stability issues.

2012 - Staff took over all responsibilities for training and conducting water testing within Paugus Bay and its multiple tributaries.

2012 - Added language to the local Shoreland Protection Ordinace to protect water quality of the Lakes.

Various other miscellaneous projects include:

United Way Day Of Caring yearly participation in environmental clean up projects.

Required yearly walks to manage conservations easements in Laconia. (More information at bottom.)

Soak Up The Rain

Special thanks goes out to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests for providing the Laconia Conservation Commission with GIS experts to expand on their regional open space linkage idea.

Call the Laconia Planning Office at 603-527-1264 (ext. 262) for additional details.


Invasive Species Education Day - Held at the height of the tourist season in August to correspond to the first day of Downtown sidewalk days. Various brochures and information is available to those that approach the display table and begin to talk invasive species.

ALL INVASIVE SPECIES QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO: Call the Planning Department at:527-1264 (ext. 262) for questions concerning small quantity disposal guidlines.

If you have larger quantity disposal needs call the Public Works Department at:528-6379.

Complex questions on long term managment of your invasive species problems should be addressed to Doug Cygan, Invasive Species Coordinator, NH Department of Agriculture at 603-271-2248 or and any questions regarding exotic aquatic plants should be addressed to Amy P. Smagula, Limnologist/Exotic Species Program Coordinator, NH Depertment of Environmental Services at 603-271-2248 or

Remember to seperate and contain all invasive materials before transporting them off site.

Stream Cleanup Program -The Laconia Conservation Commission is currently choosing a geomorphological consultant for Black Brook. Black Brook runs from Gilford into Laconia where it empties into Paugus Bay. Union Cemetery now has a plan to stabilize its banks to prevent plot loss along Meadow and Durkee Brook. Langley Brook will be the next project undertaken by the City of Laconia. The projects will improve public safety, control and filter sedimentation issues, and protect our public water supplies.

Natural Resource Inventory - During the summer of 2008 the Laconia Conservation Commission contracted Watershed to Wildlife Inc., a natural resource consultant from Bethlehem, New Hampshire to complete the City's 2009 Natural Resource Inventory (NRI). Members of the Laconia Conservation Commission and staff now have a valuable tool to use allowing the City to make smart long term natural resource decisions.


Laconia NRI Report 2009

Laconia Natural Resource Inventory Map:



Earth Day Native Garden Planting Program - During the spring of 2008, the Laconia Conservation Commission began working to start an annual program to create native gardens at local City parks and playgrounds. The Commission has installed one native garden at Robbie Mills Park in front of the concession stand and will be installing a second native garden at Robbie Mills Park for Earth Day 2009. The 2010 Season allowed the Commission to establish plantings along the Riverwalk next to City Hall.


Open Space Planning Info

Open Space Target Areas Map:


Conservation Easement Acquisition - The Commission is actively pursuing the acquisition of sensitive lands within the City in order to preserve them as conservation easements. A number of areas within the City are prime wildlife habitats which are critical for the survival of numerous species. Protection of these lands through the pursuit of conservation easements helps to preserve diverse local flora and fauna while protecting the unique Lakes Region Landscapes.

Conservation Easement Monitoring - The City currently has 10 conservation easements with additionalpotential locationson the horizon. The Conservation Commission monitors these easements throughout the year to assure compliance with all conditions set fourth within the Easement deed.

Conservation Easements in Laconia

Education Resources

Soil Erosion For Kids


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