Draft 2020-2024 NPS Program Plan Available for Comment

NPS Management Program Plan Update and invitation for public comment on the DRAFT 2020-2024 New Hampshire Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan – A plan for controlling nonpoint source pollution in New Hampshire waters from 2020-2024.

2020-2024 New Hampshire Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan-DRAFT

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is proud to announce the DRAFT 2020-2024 New Hampshire Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan. The Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Program Plan (Plan) presents the NHDES strategy for preventing, controlling, and reducing NPS pollution to protect and restore the quality of New Hampshire waters. The DRAFT 2020-2024 Plan, covers the Nonpoint Source Management Program goals from October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2024, and updates and builds upon the 2014-2019 NPS Plan.

We invite you to review, comment, and provide feedback. All comments and suggested edits will be considered by NHDES prior to the submittal of the final Draft Plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Comments must be submitted in writing to Steve Landry, NPS Program Coordinator via email at stephen.landry@des.nh.gov no later than September 19, 2019.

Once approved by EPA, the final 2020-2024 New Hampshire Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan will be posted to the NHDES website.

About the DRAFT 2020-2024 NPS Management Program Plan

The DRAFT 2020-2024 Plan details the organization of the New Hampshire NPS Program, highlights the outstanding work completed by our program partners and identifies how the NPS Program is integrated with water quality monitoring programs, watershed management organizations, and municipalities across New Hampshire.

The DRAFT 2020-2024 NPS Plan updates the 2014-2019 NPS Management Program Plan and continues to serve as a non-regulatory road map to guide NPS Program activities including outreach, planning and implementation projects. The DRAFT 2020-2024 NPS Plan maintains the major programmatic goals, consistent with the previous NPS Management Program Plan, with associated objectives and milestones.

Key updates from the 2014-2019 NPS Plan include:

  1. Integration of resiliency and climate change readiness/preparedness into appropriate objectives and milestones;
  2. Improved alignment of NPS Program and Natural Resource Conservation Service National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) pollution reduction efforts in priority watersheds;
  3. Discussion of Emerging Issues: perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS); pharmaceuticals and personal care products; and marine debris, trash and microplastics;
  4. and a revised Restoration Priority Screening and Protection Priority Screening Tool based upon the 2018 Comprehensive Assessment and Listing Methodology or 305(b)/303(d) Report to identify priority watersheds in New Hampshire for protection or restoration recovery potential.

NHDES realizes that achieving the objectives, and milestones outlined in the NPS Plan relies upon the cooperation of many different programs, actions, and initiatives, working toward a common goal. The NPS Plan recognizes that NHDES must continue to work with its many partners on a watershed-by-watershed basis to improve, restore, and protect New Hampshire’s water resources. We look forward to continued collaboration with our extensive network of program partners in protecting and restoring the quality of waters throughout New Hampshire.

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Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series:

Goin’ Mobile: Mapping your Stormwater Assets

Tuesday, September 24th, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM EST

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Stormwater asset mapping can be complicated, resource intensive and costly, but it doesn’t have to be.  As technology has evolved, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become less expensive and easier to use than ever before.  Whether you are mapping rain gardens, storm drains, or stop signs, new mobile mapping devices and applications (or “apps”) can help.  Many New England communities are now successfully and efficiently mapping their stormwater systems and other municipal assets with mobile devices in the field.

This webinar will introduce and demonstrate different mobile apps related to stormwater and green infrastructure.  Speakers from different levels of government and industry across New England will provide insights on the strategies employed to successfully map stormwater assets, including partnering with others to share equipment, software and expertise.  The webinar will also cover lessons learned and provide recommendations for avoiding common pitfalls while developing and implementing a stormwater management program.

Presenters

  • Dave Dickson, CT Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Program Co-Director & Mobile Mapping Educator
  • Troy Brown, Town Administrator, Litchfield, NH
  • Andrew Smeltz, GIS Specialist, Nashua Regional Planning Commission
  • Julia Miller, Environmental Planner, Bobrek Engineering & Construction

Click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7867437106117050369

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Request for Proposals/Qualifications

The Lake Winnipesaukee Association is requesting proposals & qualifications for the hydrologic assessment of the Reservoir Brook watershed and an evaluation of the functionality of what is locally known as Monkey Pond, Meredith, NH.

The Reservoir Brook subwatershed, located at the southern end of Lake Waukewan, is the largest of the catchments directly contributing nutrient loading to the lake.  Reservoir Brook, the primary tributary in the subwatershed, drains to Monkey Pond, a 1 acre wetland located on a town owned parcel immediately adjacent to Lake Waukewan.

For the full project description and to download the RFQ/RFP , please visit www.winnipesaukee.org.

 

 


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NH Salt Symposium

NH Salt Symposium: Register Here!

Early bird discount registration rate ends tomorrow (8/30)! Reserve your spot today!

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Sign up now for the 2019 NH Salt Symposium

    September 10, 2019 – Concord, NH

The only conference dedicated to New Hampshire snow and ice management professionals

             www.sima.org/NHSS

 

 

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Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series:

Accelerating Statewide Green Infrastructure Investment in Rhode Island

Wednesday, August 28th, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM EST

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This webinar will showcase the evolution of how green stormwater infrastructure projects are being funded and financed in Rhode Island. New and innovative programs at Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank and state agencies will be discussed. These programs are supporting and accelerating local green infrastructure investment. Presenters will describe their experiences in establishing creative funding and financing programs and how they are addressing implementation barriers. The presentation will focus on lessons learned in collaborating across state agencies, meeting regulatory compliance, and working with community stakeholders to implement projects and produce sustainable environmental results. The webinar will also explain the how new programs are connecting to statewide initiatives and how green stormwater infrastructure is a positive force to increase climate resilience in local communities.

Presenters:

Shaun O’Rourke, Director, Stormwater and Resiliency, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank

Michael Baer, Managing Director, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank

 Click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/836734246520034817

 

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Volunteer Biological Assessment Program teacher training with GMCG

For Immediate Release:

From: Green Mountain Conservation Group, (603) 539-1859,

What: Volunteer Biological Assessment Program teacher training

When: August 16, 2019 arrive at 1 p.m.

Where: Blue Heron House, 236 Huntress Bridge Rd., Effingham, NH

Volunteer teachers wanted for elementary school water quality program Fall 2019

Each fall, Green Mountain Conservation Group visits schools in the Ossipee Watershed to monitor local rivers and streams to assess their health using macroinvertebrates as bio indicators. A volunteer and teacher training will be held on Friday, August 16 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at GMCG’s Blue Heron located at 236 Huntress Bridge Road, Effingham, NH. The training will be led by NH Fish & Game’s Judy Tumosa and GMCG’s Tara Schroeder. Anyone is welcome to sign up to learn more and help with the fall school programs.

Register at: https://nhfishandgame.com/EventWeb/Event/ReservedEvents

Passcode=VBAP2019

VBAP is coordinated by GMCG through NH Fish and Game, and brings elementary school students across seven towns to local streams and rivers to search for macroinvertebrates, which are small aquatic insects that can be biological indicators of environmental health. Along with this, students also learn how to use equipment to sample for water quality, take environmental observations, and learn of the importance of the natural resources of the Ossipee Watershed. The student scientists who participate in VBAP each year are excited to share their accomplishments, hard work, and all that they have learned about water quality with the community and report their findings on the health of their local rivers and streams. Each year, a different watershed school designs a VBAP t-shirt. Shirts are also available for purchase which helps support GMCG’s water literacy programs.

VBAP is a coordinated effort with volunteer organizations to develop a statewide screening protocol for documenting the biological condition of wadeable streams. The protocol is designed for individuals and youths with or without professional training. The three major goals of the program are:

  • To supplement biological data collected by NHDES staff.
  • To educate the public about water quality issues as interpreted through biological assessments.
  • To build a constituency of citizens to practice sound water quality management at a local level and build public support for water quality protection.

GMCG has been protecting the natural resources of the Ossipee Watershed since 1997. For more information about this program, or GMCG, please visit gmcg.org or contact us at 539-1859. Like us on Facebook to keep up with what is happening around the Ossipee Watershed!

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Local Source Water Protection Grants

Local Source Water Protection Grant Applications Are Now Available

Funding is available from the Department of Environmental Services to develop and implement programs to protect existing sources of public drinking water. The grants are available to water suppliers, municipalities, regional planning agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, conservation districts, and state agencies. Applicants can receive up to $20,000 for projects that protect drinking water sources, including watershed planning, delineation of protection areas, assessment of threats to water supply sources, “on the ground” implementation projects, and source security.

Over the last 23 years, over 300 Local Source Water Protection Grants have been awarded to drinking water partners across the state to undertake efforts to secure and protect public sources of drinking water. In 2019, twelve Local Source Water Protection Grants were awarded to water utilities, municipalities, non-profits, and regional planning commissions, these included projects to:

  • Review and update zoning ordinances
  • Install security features around drinking water sources
  • Evaluate land uses and conservation opportunities near a drinking water reservoir
  • Design stormwater best management practices near water sources
  • Begin development of a regional drinking water protection plan
  • Investigate sources of groundwater contamination
  • Evaluate management options to reduce nutrient loading into a drinking water source

The application packet is available online to provide sufficient lead time for applicants to work with stakeholders to determine what protections are necessary to address potential contamination threats, coordinate with working partners, and determine a budget.  NHDES is happy to confer with potential applicants in advance of the development of an application.

Applications are due on November 1, 2019 and can be found at: https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/dwspp/lswp_grants.htm

For more information about the Local Source Water Protection Grant Program, please contact Andrew Madison, NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau at Andrew.madison@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-2950.

 

 

 

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Cyanobacteria – Its threat to you and Winnipesaukee!

Cyanobacteria – Its threat to you and Winnipesaukee!

Join the Lake Winnipesaukee Association on July 25th for an informative talk on the increasing occurrence of cyanobacteria blooms in our lakes and ponds.  The talk will be held in the Carriage House, Church Landing at Mill Falls, Meredith, NH, 6:30-8pm. As space is limited pre-registration is required, and can be done online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyanobacteria-its-threat-to-you-and-winnipesaukee-tickets-64385073488

Blooms of potentially toxic cyanobacteria have been happening more frequently around the country and locally in NH.  This is a threat not only to human and animal health, but to our local economy as well.  Cyanobacteria (often referred to as blue-green algae) are a natural component of New Hampshire waterbodies, and are important organisms for the health and growth of many plants.  However, certain cyanobacteria produce toxins that can affect the nervous, liver, and endocrine systems if ingested in large enough quantity.  

The evening’s presentation, ‘Cyanobacteria – Its threat to you and Winnipesaukee!’, will feature Dr. James Haney, UNH Professor of Biology, who has been studying the potential impacts of these toxins for decades. The potential human health hazards via exposure through drinking water and/or during recreational water activities are also a concern. Some studies suggest cyanobacteria may be linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Learn about the types of cyanobacteria, current management options, and what you can do to help minimize blooms and keep Winnipesaukee healthy.

The Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA) is the leading organization dedicated to keeping Lake Winnipesaukee clean and clear.  One of the Association’s goals is to expand the monitoring program to include cyanobacteria monitoring throughout the lake. Another important goal is to begin fixing sites that are contributing pollutants to the lake.  

You can help in this effort. Although shorefront property owners are the first line of defense against nutrient loading to the lake, all property owners play a role in keeping the lake clean.  Stabilize soil with native plants to avoid erosion.  Keep the natural vegetation and buffer along the shoreline.  Do not use fertilizers or pesticides on your property. Never rake leaves or dump sand into the lake.  Reduce your lawn area. All of these practices will help keep nutrients out of the lake.  

If you see an algal bloom or water quality issue, please contact the Lake Winnipesaukee Association at 603-581-6632 or mail@winnipesaukee.org.  

 

 

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Natural Resources Stewards Course: Learn, Explore & Share the Nature of New Hampshire

2019 Natural Resources Steward course at Canterbury Shaker Village offers a comprehensive education and volunteer support network for people who want to learn, explore and share the nature of New Hampshire.

It starts with hands-on learning that brings people together to explore NH’s ecosystems – how trees, plants, soil, fungi, water, wildlife and even humans are interconnected, and how we can reduce our impact and restore and protect the nature we are a part of.

Graduates then volunteer throughout the state, stewarding f NH’s precious resources in a variety of conservation projects of their choosing. Learn more about this program and apply today at nhstewards.org.

The Natural Resources Stewards Program is sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Division of Forests and Lands, NH Fish and Game Department and its Wonders of Wildlife Program, and US Forest Service in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and County Conservation Districts, and Canterbury Shaker Village.

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Annual Meeting – New Hampshire Rivers Council


Please register
for the 2019 Annual Meeting

New Hampshire Rivers Council 2019 Annual Meeting

and the exciting program,

“Unique Conservation Development for improved Permitting and Added Project Value” 

 

with Rob Roseen, Waterstone Engineering, PLLC and Robert Graham, Pipers Properties

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Reception at 5:30 PM Program begins at 6:30 PM sharp! Meeting will be 5:30-7:45pm Stratham Town Offices 10 Bunker Hill Avenue, Stratham, NH Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome

Rollins Hill is a Low Impact Development designed to integrate homes with the landscape and provide protection for water quality and habitat with over fifty acres of conservation land. Permeable pavements, raingardens, and rooftop infiltration are used to protect water quality and habitat, recharge groundwater, and reduce the need for stormwater ponds and drainage. The use of low impact development simplified the permitting process and made the project possible.

Attend the annual meeting and learn more!

Space is limited! Registration is required. Click here to register NOW!

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