What is Soak Up the Rain New Hampshire?

Soak Up the Rain New Hampshire (SOAKNH) is a voluntary program managed by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. The goal is to engage home and small business owners to do their part to help protect and restore clean water in the state’s lakes, streams, and coastal waters from the negative impacts of stormwater pollution.

SOAKNH provides information about how our properties create stormwater pollution and how to prevent it with rain gardens, infiltration trenches, and other practices.  This is done in two ways:

  • Individual property owners can learn how to reduce runoff from their properties by exploring the ten Do-It-Yourself fact sheets, the NH Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management, and other resources on this website.
  • Local Partnerships: SOAKNH builds partnerships with local lake and watershed groups by providing messaging, training, and/or assistance to promote and install practices to reduce stormwater runoff and pollution from homes and small businesses in their communities or watersheds.