News

The lake level is rising

The Town Dept of Public Works put in the first boards at the dam on April 30 that will begin bringing the lake level up to its summer height.

SLAM Membership Dues

It’s SLAM membership renewal time, Your officers felt we needed to slightly increase dues (by $5.00) this year. Dues are now $20 for individuals and $30 for families. If you have not yet renewed your membership this year, we hope you will. Your membership dues and contributions are essential to our ongoing efforts in water quality monitoring with UNH and the inspection of incoming water craft for invasive species through our Lake Host program. To renew your membership and/or make a contribution, you can use the information on our membership page and donate page. Together we can keep Silver Lake the sparkling gem that we enjoy.

The lake level is rising

NH Lakes award

Dear Lake Host Team,

Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that NH LAKES has approved the Silver Lake Association of Madison to receive a payroll award for participating in our 2024 Lake Host Program for aquatic invasive species education and prevention! 

Your payroll award is $2850 to place Lake Host Inspectors at 1 ramp(s).

BOAT LAUNCH NEWS

FROM TED KRAMER –

Good news on the boat ramp. The boat ramp is fully installed and operational with new concrete slabs replacing the broken cement blocks. This well engineered ramp should last for many generations to come.  Thank you Town of Madison Selectmen and DP craftsmen.

2023 Boat Traffic

In spite of a rainy July/Aug, up through Labor Day, our Lake Hosts inspected 1,522 boats and trailers.  While less traffic than a year ago, the Lake Hosts removed 31 suspicious plants and sent them off for evaluation to the NH Department of Environmental Services.  Fortunately, no aquatic invasive species (AIS) were discovered and the Lake Hosts will be continue to be on duty weekends up through Columbus Day.

Thank you to Silver Lake Boating Club

Sincere appreciation to the Silver Lake Boating Club who voted, at their annual meeting, to gift $1,500 to support SLAM’s Lake Host Program. Wow… Thanks!

SAVE THE DATE! 2024 SLAM Annual Meeting

SLAM’s next annual meeting is Saturday, July 13th, 2024, 9:00am at the Madison Elementary School

Dam Update

The members of our community approved $30K in the annual budget to establish a Silver Lake Dam Improvement Expendable Trust Fund for the purposes of “engineering, design, review, repairs, and improvements” to our dam. Also approved was $8K for the “repair or replacement” of the pedestrian bridge over the Silver Lake dam. We appreciate the priority our community has placed on maintaining this all-important asset.

A Critical Save for Our Lake

We are grateful to Lake Host Ryan Pacheco who saved Silver Lake from a possible infestation of milfoil when he found it on an incoming boat last summer. This underscores the importance of SLAM’s Lake Host program in protecting our lake from invasive species which are highly costly to both enjoyment and property values.

Advocacy Update

If you responded to our advocacy alert for HB 137 in February and made your voice heard with our state representatives, thank you! It made a difference. HB 137 gives New Hampshire time to come into compliance with the way it is collecting fee revenue for lakes restoration and preservation. This is revenue our state can ill afford to lose given the many new threats to our lakes. The bill has passed through both the NH house and senate and now awaits the governor’s signature