Fed by ancient streams and springs, the crystal clear waters of Lake Winnipesaukee are a magnet for visitors and those who make their home here. The lake is the third largest in New England and is central to a wide range of experiences --from the bustle of small towns to deep wilderness--framed by hundreds of miles of intricate shoreline and over 200 islands.
Introducing the Gateway
Welcome to the Winnipesaukee Gateway- Your “one-stop shopping” source for maps, environmental plans, water quality data, recreational opportunities, and more!
The main priority in the current edition of the site is the release in December, 2010 of the Management Plan for Meredith, Paugus and Saunders bays. Prepared by the Lakes Region Planning Commission and a group of nine other partner agencies and organizations, this plan will be followed by others in the years ahead. We invite you to explore the plan, which has been published to this website rather than as a hard copy publication.
Check out the new map atlas that can be found under the ‘Watershed’ tab. The selection of maps provide a quick visual of where certain features are found such as aquifers, steep slopes, wetlands, and which communities have ordinances in place to protect these features or resources.
You can now determine your property’s stormwater footprint by using the online pollutant load calculator that can be found under the “Resources” tab on the Gateway.
Adapted from the NH Department of Environmental Services’ “NH Residential Loading Model”, the “What’s Your P?” calculator allows a homeowner to determine their current stormwater footprint, the potential reductions in pollutant load from the installation of stormwater treatment practices, or the potential impact from construction activities such as the addition of a garage.
The “What’s Your P?” calculator is a great tool to use in combination with the ‘New Hampshire Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management’ – featuring do-it- yourself stormwater solutions for the home.