NH Lakes Assoc. Seeks 2015 Lake Steward Award Nominations

Lake Winnipesaukee, photo by ##http://boatinglocal.com/photographers/joe-devenney## Joe Devenney##
Lake Winnipesaukee, photo by ##http://boatinglocal.com/photographers/joe-devenney## Joe Devenney##

The New Hampshire Lakes Association is seeking nominations for its 2015 John F. Morten Lake Steward Award.

The award honors a man or woman who cares for a New Hampshire lake or pond, and makes sure it is being protected. The individual may do one or more of the following:

  • collects water samples
  • surveys the shoreline for invasive species
  • staffs the boat ramp to help boaters clean their boats to prevent the spread of invasive species
  • helps remove mifoil
  • puts the loon raft out and keeps an eye on the loons
  • initiates special projects to fix stormwater runoff problems
  • operates the dam
  • communicates with the community and town boards about ways to help keep the lake healthy

About the Morten Award:

In September 2002, a special award was created in honor of the late John F. Morten (1914-1989), in recognition of his lifelong work to protect New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds. It was his vision and grassroots efforts that helped create the Lakes Region Federation, which later merged with the New Hampshire Lakes Legislative Coalition to become the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES). It was John Morten who saw the value of a statewide umbrella organization to represent lake interests with both the legislature and state agencies.

Mr. Morten exemplified selfless dedication to the lakes he loved so much, giving generously of his time, talents, and financial resources to help protect them.

He was a person who made things happen—at once the creative idea man, leader, and activist who was organized, determined, and persistent in the achievement of any task.

It is in tribute to his vision, dedication, commitment and vigor that the New Hampshire Lakes Association established the John F. Morten Memorial Award for Exemplary Lakes Stewardship.

How to Submit a Nomination:

If you would like to nominate an individual for the 2015 Morten Award, visit the NH LAKES website to download a nomination form. All nominations must be submitted by June 15, 2015.