Q: Who can become a member of the PRP Association?
A: Any property owner(s) of record paying property taxes to the Town of Wakefield for parcels of land with deeded water rights to Pine River Pond are eligible for Regular Membership, except that an entity, such as a mortgage holder, shall not be eligible for a membership. Any person who does not fall into the aforementioned category, and wants to become a PRP Association member may do so as an Associate Member (e.g., adult children of a property owner). Associate Members are not entitled to vote.
Q: Why should I become a member of the PRP Association?
A: The investment in your lake property is no small matter. Protecting what impacts your investment, like PRP and our watershed area, is an essential part of preserving and managing your investment. As road associations make sure your road access is taken care of, we are stewards of what makes your shoreline and waterfront access so valuable. The PRP Association keeps you informed of local and state issues related to our mission on behalf of the PRP lake community. From water quality monitoring, to invasive species concerns, to the damaging impacts of erosion, we advocate collectively on behalf of the PRP community. Being a Regular Member also means you’re eligible to vote on important matters that are of utmost importance relating to PRP.
Q: How do I become a member of the PRP Association?
A: Complete the membership form and send it with your payment to the address on the form, or bring the form to the PRP Store to pay by cash, check or credit card).
Q: When does the membership year start?
A: The membership year runs from July 1st to June 30th of each calendar year.
Q: Who do I contact if I have a question?
A: Contact an Officer on the Board of Directors page under the About tab for assistance.
Q: What do membership dues go toward?
A: Membership dues, along with funds raised through the PRP Store and the Boat Parade pay for water quality testing and reporting; donations to the Loon Preservation Society, NH Lakes Association, and Action Wakefield Watershed Alliance; operating expenses of the Association (e.g., mailing fees, Directors Insurance, website expenses; and the Lake Host program.
Q: How does the PRP Association communicate with its members?
A: Weekly eNews emails are issued along with a Newsletter twice a year. The Spring Newsletter is mailed to all members along with the Membership Form to complete for membership renewal effective July 1st.
Q: What is a Lake Host?
A: The Lord Road boat ramp is staffed with trained Lake Host workers and volunteers who inspect boats in our efforts to prevent introduction of invasive species to PRP. The Lake Hosts are there to educate on NH’s Clean, Drain and Dry law.
Q: What does the PRP Store sell and when are they open?
A: The Association also raises funds through offering items for sale in the PRP Store, located at 500 Pinewood Shores. Items for sale include Lake Art items, clothing, maps, glasses, mugs, hats, blankets, cards, signs, and ice cream treats. Store summer hours are Saturday 10-12 and Sunday 10-2. Check the PRP Association Facebook page for specials.
Q: Who funds the Fireworks Show?
A: The annual fireworks show is coordinated by the Association, but is funded solely through donations by members and contributions by family and friends. Donations can be made anytime but are solicited with membership renewal. Donations are also accepted at the PRP Store.
Q: Can I explore any of the islands on PRP?
A: Since the islands on PRP are private property, be sure to have the owner’s permission. Otherwise please do not trespass.
Q: Where can I go to find information about what I can do with my waterfront?
A: Go to the Helpful Links page under the Resources tab and click on NHDES Shoreland Protection Program FAQs. You can also contact the Town of Wakefield Shoreland Protection Officer.
Q: Where can I get septic system information regarding systems near lakes?
A: Go to the Helpful Links page under the Resources tab and click on Septic Systems and Surface Water.
Q: When in the fall does the water in the lake begin to drawdown?
A: Under the Helpful Links page under the Resources tab, click on Drawdown Schedule to search the NHDES website for the information. Historically, the water drawdown starts in October.
Q: What is the purpose of the Small Business Partners?
A: Our Small Business Partners team with us to offer members a discount for something they offer. Discount Coupons are available to members. If you did not receive yours, contact one of the Officers on the Board of Directors page under the About tab.
Q: What is the Ice Out History on PRP?
2012 April 19
2013 March 23
2014 April 14
2015 April 19
2016 March 18
2017 April 16
2018 April 24
Q: What should I do if I find a suspicious weed or an algae bloom?
- Take a photo of the weed by placing it on a white surface (paper towel works fine) with a coin next to it for size reference. If algae, take photos of it in the lake.
- Email the photo to Cindy Pfeiffer at firstname.lastname@example.org, and copy Doug Stewart email@example.com, and Patty Philbrook at President@pineriverpond.org. Cindy will check to see if we have already identified this in another location at PRP. If not, she will submit to NHDES for identification.
- Most of the photos that are submitted are identified and no specimen is needed for further clarification.
- Please keep the sample in lake water and refrigerated until you have a confirmation back from Cindy that it is harmless and no further action is needed.
Q: How quickly does the water level go down during a quick drawdown?
Typically the State will pull two boards on the first day and then pull two more the following week and so forth. The level will go down 2-3 feet the first week and then 2 feet a week until 8’ drop is met. We should be looking at the week before Thanksgiving to be at the lowest. There will be variables the State will need to contend with such as rainfall. The lake has also been “full” most of the late summer, so there is some extra water to draw off.