Three Ponds Protective Association

Milton Three Ponds is a series of connected ponds formed by the impoundment of the Salmon Falls River. The ponds are the border between Lebanon, Maine and Milton, New Hampshire. Made up of Northeast Pond, Milton Pond, and Townhouse Pond, these contiguous bodies of water cover over 1000 acres with an average depth of 10-12′ and a maximum depth of 55′. Check out The Ponds tab to learn more about each of the Ponds.

Three Ponds Protective Association (TPPA) is a volunteer 501(c)(3) organization comprised of members and sponsors who are committed to maintaining and improving the water-quality of the Ponds and its watershed. This primary objective is comprised of different activities each designed to achieve this goal, including boat inspections, weed watching, the removal of invasive species and monitoring for algae blooms.

The Ponds offer activities for all seasons from boating, swimming, fishing and kayaking in the summer to ice-fishing, skating and ice races in the winter. Loons are regular residents and eagles can often be seen cruising the Ponds for fish or perched high in the pines.

TPPA Announces Waterfront Improvement Grants for 2023

It is TPPA’s mission to preserve and improve water quality and sound land-use practices in and around the Milton/Lebanon Three Ponds including watershed areas. To realize this goal TPPA is offering a grant program for landowners in Milton and Lebanon who seek to improve their waterfront property to reduce or eliminate runoff that may potentially contaminate Milton Three Ponds.  Matching grants of up to $1,000 are available. For more information about this grant program’s requirements, NH’s Guide to best practices and to download the application, please click here.

Check out these fabulous videos by Ron Rismen, Timeographer. The first, from January 7, 2023 in the early morning over Milton Three Ponds. The second, a nighttime video over Northeast Pond from March 1, 2022. You can see more of Ron’s work on Facebook by clicking here and on Instagram by clicking here.

Volunteer Needs

TPPA is an organization operated by dedicated volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare and an interest in helping our operation, please consider volunteering. At this time we are looking for volunteers in all areas but especially for the tasks listed below.

If you are interested in volunteering please complete the Contact Us Form and tell us how you would like to help.

Membership Coordinator (MC) – The MC is responsible for keeping the membership database current and up to date. This includes updating and adding information to our member database and requires basic computer skills, a computer and internet access. If you are interested in supporting this effort and wish to find out more about the responsibilities and activities, please click here and a member of the Board of Director will contact you.

Online Store Volunteer [OSV] – The online store volunteer will be responsible for processing store orders and preparing them for delivery to Milton Hardware or shipping via UPS.  The volunteer will also be responsible for tracking inventory and notifying the store coordinator when additional items are needed.  At this time, it is anticipated that this position will require three to four hours per week, depending upon the number of sales.  Requirements include access to an active email account and transportation.  From time to time a trip to TPPA’s supplier in Portsmouth may be required.  If you are interested in volunteering for this position, please let us know through the Contact Us button on the website.

VIPS – Weed Watchers (WW) help to survey sectors of the Ponds for invasive species and report findings to the VIPS Coordinator. Volunteers for this effort are asked to conduct surveys along shoreline sectors three or four times per year (specific survey time to be determined) and then enter their findings online. Surveying is best done from a small boat, canoe or kayak or even by swimming. If you are interested in volunteering as a “weed watcher” please use the contact us form to let us know.

Water Quality Testers (WQT) – Testers take samples, several times per season, from various sites around the Ponds and prepare them for testing at UNH. Training will be provided.

Communication Assistants (CA): TPPA has a need for volunteers willing to post signs and notices around town and to deliver materials to residents as needed. This is particularly important when residents need to be aware of events on the Ponds, specifically herbicide treatments, etc.

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