Registration Now Open for the NH Water & Watershed Conference

March 23, 2018 at Plymouth State University

The NHWWC is a key event for sharing water resource information. For 2018, the event will focus on regional environmental stresses and how we are adapting to new information, emerging issues, and current events affecting water quality and water supply.

The conference agenda includes sessions and posters that connect information and research to the practice of adaptive management.

Our plenary speaker is Wilfred Wollheim from UNH who will present a talk entitled An Aquatic Symphony: The Ongoing Revolution in in situ Water Quality Sensing and What It Means for Watershed Science and Resource Management. 

Register now as space is limited. 

Questions? Email us at psu-cfe@plymouth.edu

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2018 LAKE HOST PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED!

We invite groups that have participated during previous years and NEW groups to apply now for a payroll grant to implement the NH LAKES Lake Host Program at boat ramps on lakes, ponds, and rivers throughout New Hampshire during summer 2018.

Through this aquatic invasive species education and prevention program, since 2002  thousands of volunteers and seasonal employees have together conducted 945,917 courtesy boat and trailer inspections and captured 1,572 fragments of aquatic invasive species that were about to be launched into or were just taken out of a waterbody! The number of additional ‘saves’ that Lake Hosts have made by encouraging boaters to always take time before and after boating to clean, drain, and dry, even when a Lake Host isn’t at the ramp to help them, is immeasurable.

PLEASE SHARE!

For more information visit, www.nhlakes.org/lake-host.

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Landscaping for Water Quality Training in the Sunapee Area

NH Dept. of Environmental Services (including Soak Up the Rain) and UNH Cooperative Extension are Hosting:

Register Now!

Participants will learn how to use ecological landscape practices including rain gardens, vegetative buffers, and other green infrastructure to infiltrate stormwater and absorb pollutants, protecting our lakes, rivers and streams. Instructors are faculty and specialists from UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Dept. of Environmental Services.

Where: Lake Sunapee Protective Association
When: March 29 and 30 – Two day workshop
Who Should Attend?

  • Landscape designers, contractors and maintenance professionals working around Lake Sunapee or in nearby watersheds . If you hire a landscaper, encourage them to attend!
  • Key members of watershed groups, conservation commissions and others who want to understand ecological approaches to landscaping for water quality protection.
  • Parks, schools, property owners and others involved in landscaping and development, especially in shore land zones or other sensitive areas.
  • Others involved in regional water quality protection programs and policy.
  • Students in environmental and landscape programs (scholarships available).

See Flyer for agenda and more information.

Cost for the two-day training is $79 per person if you register before March 22, 2018. Late registration is $99 per person, if space is available. Landscapers who work within the Sunapee watershed are eligible for discounted fees, thanks to the Lake Sunapee Protective Association. Call for a coupon code to use when registering. Register early; numbers are limited. Lunches and workshop materials are included.

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Request for Qualifications – Technical assistance for development of the Gregg Lake Watershed Plan

The Town of Antrim, NH is seeking expert assistance for their project to develop a watershed management plan for Gregg Lake.  Please see the attached for more information about this exciting and unique opportunity.

Gregg Lake RFQ – Final

Questions due by: February 20, 2018

RFQ responses due by: March 30, 2018

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NH LAKES is Hiring! Please help spread the word!

Believe it or not, summer is not far away…

NH LAKES is gearing up for our summer conservation and outreach programs and we are looking to bring three new talented individuals to our team!

Please help us spread the word by sharing this post and/or the links to the position descriptions with anyone you think might be interested in applying or sharing this information. THANK YOU!

For more information, visit www.nhlakes.org/opportunities.

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Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series

Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series:
The Guiteras Green Infrastructure Community School Project
Wednesday, February 28th, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EST

                             To Register*

This webinar will highlight an inspiring and successful green infrastructure project at the Guiteras School to save and protect Silver Creek in Bristol, RI from polluted stormwater runoff. Bristol is a small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) community, and water discharging from its storm sewer system is regulated by the state of Rhode Island.  The Silver Creek watershed is 2 square miles, discharges into Bristol Harbor, and is 50 yards from the Guiteras School (Grades K-5). In 2013, two talented mothers of elementary school students designed and created an outdoor education facility to enhance environmental education and improve environmental quality in and around Silver Creek. From landscape design to community and student engagement, the Section 319-funded grant project treated and infiltrated stormwater runoff from the entire school, reduced impervious surfaces, controlled a growing Canada goose population, and engaged 300 students at the school with hands on projects to restore Silver Creek.

Presenters include:

  • Betsy Dake – Senior Environmental Scientist, RI Department of Environmental Management
  • Brooke Merriam – Landscape Designer, Sunflower Designs,
  • LLC Shannon Rozea – Executive Director/Landscape Architect, Thrive Outside
  • Edward M. Tanner – Principal Planner, Department of Community Development, Town of Bristol, RI

*Registration site- https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2984532340645539843

 

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FREE – NHDES Fugitive Dust Workshop

Something’s in the Air: Controlling Fugitive Dust

When: March 15, 2018, 8 AM-12 PM

Where: NHDES, 29 Hazen Drive Concord

 

Fugitive dust is more than just a nuisance – it is air pollution that affects

respiratory health, erodes dirt and gravel roads, pollutes surface water, and is a

work site and driving hazard. As an air pollutant, improper management of dust

on your project is subject to fines and penalties.

 

How to Sign Up:

Register Online at: www.eventbrite.com/e/somethings-in-the-air-controlling-fugitive-dusttickets-41020321887

For More Information Contact: Mark Ledgard @ 603-271-5629

See flyer for more information:

Fugitive Dust Flyer

 

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EPA Makes Up to $3 Million Available for Locally-focused Environmental Education Grants

EPA is making available up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program.  EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. The Requests for Proposals is posted on www.grants.gov.

In addition to other environmental topics, the 2018 EE Local Grant Program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues with agricultural best-practices, conservation of natural resources, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness. Funded projects will increase public awareness of those topics and help participants to develop the skills needed to make informed decisions. A Request for Proposals (also called a Solicitation Notice) containing details will be issued by each of the ten EPA Regions.

Through this grant program, EPA intends to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, as described in this notice, that will serve to increase environmental and conservation literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment in the local community(ies) in which they are located.

Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 and $3.5 million in grant funding per year under this program, supporting more than 3700 grants.

More Information:

Proposals are due by March 15, 2018. The full solicitation notices are available at www.grants.gov and at http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grant-solicitation-notice.

Find background on the EE Grants Program and resources for applicants at http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants.

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Three Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM Fund) Workshops

The Aquatic Resources Mitigation (ARM) Fund, in partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, will be hosting three outreach sessions regarding:

  • available funding from the ARM Fund,
  • updated tools to submit applications, and
  • the Stream Crossing Initiative. 

Given the significant amount of funds available in the Salmon Falls and Merrimack service areas, these sessions will be held:

  • Concord:  Thursday, January 18, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – NH Department of Environmental Services, 29 Hazen Drive Concord More info an registration
  • Londonderry:  Wednesday, January 24,  4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Moose Hill Council Chambers at Londonderry Town Hall  More info and registration
  • Rochester: Tuesday, February 6, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield Street, Rochester  More info and registration 

Potential ARM Fund grant applicants from all service areas including: municipalities (conservation commissions, road agents, and town engineers), regional planning commissions, non-profit groups, land trusts and consultants are encouraged to attend.

More information at: https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/wmp/index.htm

 

 

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Request for Qualifications – Engineering – Gunstock Brook Stream Restoration

The Belknap County Conservation District has issued a Request for Qualifications to solicit engineering and construction management services for a stream bank restoration project on Gunstock Brook.

Some important deadlines:

January 23, 2018      Deadline for submittal of questions (2:00 p.m.)

February 16, 2018    Deadline to submit qualification packages to BCCD (5:00 p.m.)

Please see the link below for more information

Request for Qualifications — 2018 Gunstock Brook Streambank Restoration Site

 

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