The Center for the Environment at PSU developed a Lake Recreation Management Decision System (LRMDS) for the Squam Lakes. This project built on a previous study, the Squam Water Recreational Opportunity Spectrum (WROS) completed by Josh Carroll from UNH which assessed recreational zones on the lake. The Squam LRMDS considered additional dimensions, gathered input from stakeholders using participatory GIS, and established recreational zones and key indicator conditions to be monitored in these areas. If changes in these conditions exceed the defined standards for the zones, the LRMDS creates a set of management actions that can be presented to stakeholders to choose from to address the changed conditions. By establishing zones with public input, defining standards, and presenting management options, the LRMDS can help with decision making to ensure the health of the Squam Lakes.
The Squam LRMDS project was a joint effort between CFE, Squam Lakes Association, and the NH Department of Environmental Services’ (DES) Lakes Management Program. Andrew Veilleux worked on this project as part of his thesis research for his MS in Environmental Science and Policy, and associate professor of sociology Brian Eisenhauer was the project advisor.