State Issues Warning for Two Henniker Ponds
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services issued warnings for two ponds in Henniker yesterday (Tuesday). Keyser and French Ponds each have an elevated cyanobacteria cell concentration above the state’s threshold. The current bloom for each pond appears as dark green and brown water throughout the water. NHDES advises lake users to avoid contact with the water in areas experiencing elevated cyanobacteria cell conditions. NHDES also advises keeping pets and small children out of any waters that have green turbid water, surface scum or blue-green or bright green flecks in the water column. Toxins can cause acute and chronic health effects that range in severity. Acute health effects include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Chronic effects include liver and central nervous system damage.
The warnings will remain until additional samples show that cyanobacterium levels have diminished.
Bridge in Georges Mills Closed
The Cooper Street Bridge in Georges Mills will be closed this Friday to all traffic from approximately 7 AM – 5 PM. A new approach guardrail will be installed on both sides of the bridge. The existing concrete barricades will be removed in the morning in preparation for this work.
Bridge Closed and Detour signs for access to the Georges Mills boat launch will be installed on both sides of the bridge that morning.
Accident in Meriden
Meriden units responded to a motor vehicle crash last night just before 10:00 PM. The operator escaped without injuries from the accident that occurred on Rte 120 at Croydon Turnpike after they swerved to avoid a crossing deer. Police and First Responders remind all drivers to obey the posted speed limits and be aware of wildlife on the roads, especially at night.
NH Fish and Game Turkey Survey
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is looking for help in surveying turkeys. They are asking the public to report sightings of hen turkeys, with or without young on the Department’s online survey on their website.
The survey continues through August 31 and provides data that helps Fish and Game biologists determine the distribution and abundance of wild turkeys throughout the State. Last summer’s survey (2016) yielded a record number of 2,926 brood observation reports.
Observations made in late July and August are especially important since the young who have survived into August are likely to become adults and these sightings provide the best index to summer breeding productivity.
The Department also reminds everyone to report sightings of any adult turkeys that have wart-like growths around the head/eyes, which is indicative of the Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus (LPDV).