Salmon Falls Lakes Watershed Management Plan

The “Salmon Falls Headwater Lakes Watershed Management Plan” was presented on January 23, 2010 to 40 members of the Wakefield, NH and Acton, ME communities representing selectmen, planning boards, conservation commissions, land trusts, lake associations and concerned citizens. The plan incorporates interests and ideas expressed by many community members as well as water quality data analysis, on-the-ground observations, land-use modeling, ordinance reviews, and recommendations into what will be a useful and relevant tool to protect the waters of Wakefield and Acton over the next 10 years and beyond. The plan focuses on the Salmon Falls headwater lakes – Great East Lake, Horn Pond, Lake Ivanhoe, Lovell Lake and Wilson Lake.

Partners with AWWA on the Plan development were FB Environmental Associates, the NH Dept. of Environmental Services, the ME Department of Environmental Protection, the Towns of Wakefield, NH and Acton, ME, the Great East Lake Improvement Association, the Lovell Lake Association, the Wilson Lake Association, the Horn Pond Association and the Round Pond (Lake Ivanhoe) Association.

AWWA was awarded another NH DES Watershed Assistance grant for 2010-11 which funded some of the action items recommended in the plan including ongoing work of the AWWA Youth Conservation Corps, a partnership with the UNH Stormwater Center to design a road maintenance plan for Brackett and Pond roads along Lovell Lake, and numerous outreach activities to engage the communities in water quality protection.

Check the progress on the plan below:

Phase 1

Phase 2

Click here to download the Executive Summary or download the Full Plan. Sections may be downloaded separately:

Cover and Table of Contents

Chapters 1 – 7

Watershed Maps

Municipal Ordinance Review

Lake Fact Sheets

Please contact Linda Schier, AWWA Executive Director, at or 603-473-2500 for further information.

Funding for the Salmon Falls Headwater Lakes Watershed Plan Project was provided in part by a grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.