Sunrise Lake is a relatively shallow, man-made water body in the southeastern New Hampshire town of Middleton. Strafford Regional Planning Commission (SRPC), in collaboration with Sunrise Lake Village District (SLVD), the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and Geosyntec Consultants and partners are developing a comprehensive watershed plan for Sunrise Lake. This plan will promote cost-effective implementation of best management practices to improve water quality.
Why develop a watershed-based plan?
Setting water quality goals can:
All of which will improve resident and visitor interactions with the lake (such as providing better swimming and fishing experiences). Plus, once a watershed plan is developed, more funds are available to assist with the implementation of it's recommendations.
Sunrise Lake Watershed Management Plan
New Hampshire's Watershed Report Cards ranks Sunrise Lake as poor for elevated concentrations of chlorophyll-a and phosphorus, and severe for Escherichia coli bacteria concentrations, all of which have negative implications for primary contact recreation (such as swimming).
SRPC and the Sunrise Lake Village District applied for and received funding in June 2020 from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to complete this plan. After completing a Request for Qualifications, Geosyntec Consultants was chosen to lead the development of an a-i compliant watershed plan for Sunrise Lake.
The plan will identify and quantify specific sources of phosphorus contributing to the lake's water quality impairments and this information will be used to develop an annual phosphorus loading budget, recommend reduction goals, and outline options for reducing phosphorus loading. SRPC is collaborating with partners to select, refine, and prioritize measures to address water-quality impairments.
The implementation plan will detail expected pollutant load reductions; estimated implementation costs; potential local, state, and federal funding sources; and the parties responsible for the specified actions to
achieve the desired results.
Septic System Survey
Over the summer of 2021, SRPC and partners will issue a septic system survey to inform the watershed plan and identify local sites that may be significantly impacting water quality.
Residents who submit surveys will be entered into a raffle to win one $75 gift certificate to Wakefield's Tumbledown Farm to Fork Cafe.
Options for the survey include:
Questions, comments or submissions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Line: Sunrise Lake Submission/Question
Download: Sunrise Lake Project Kickoff Meeting [PowerPoint Presentation from our Kickoff Meeting on January 19, 2021 ]
Download: What to Look for? Handout [Help us identify locations in the watershed where best management practices could be implemented to improve water quality to Sunrise Lake. ]
Download: Sunrise Septic Survey Cover Letter [This letter explains the purpose of our septic survey. ]
Download: Sunrise Lake Septic System Survey [This is the actual survey for physical handouts. Please see the link above if you'd like to fill it out online. ]
Download: Sunrise Lake Flyer [ ]
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
150 Wakefield Street, Suite 12
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
Tel: (603) 994-3500 Fax: (603)994-3504