North Conway Water Precinct-Request for Qualifications

The North Conway Water Precinct (NCWP) is seeking submissions from qualified consultants for modeling, assessing, and proposing solutions for an approximate 3.4-mile +/- section of the Saco River in North Conway, New Hampshire. The study will focus on potential impacts to the NCWP wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) property and facilities located adjacent to the Saco River. As such, the study shall include a fluvial geomorphology assessment in addition to hydraulic modeling. Qualifications must be received by NCWP by 3:00 PM on Friday June 4, 2021.

Submissions shall be hand delivered or mailed to:
North Conway Water Precinct
“Saco River Erosion Study”
PO Box 630
North Conway, NH 03860

For more information see the Request for Qualification Packet.

Questions shall be directed to Jason Gagnon, Superintendent at jgagnon@ncwpnh.org or (603) 356-5382.

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Watershed Analysis of Messer Pond Presentation

The students of Colby-Sawyer College’s Community-Based Research Class invite the public to the final presentation on the findings from their year-long Watershed Analysis of Messer Pond, New London. The virtual presentation will be held Monday, April 26th at 6:00 PM. Click on flyer below for details: Colby Sawyer end-year 042621 Presentation poster

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2021 Drinking Water Source Protection Virtual Conference-Wednesday May 19 and Thursday, May 20

As you know, safe drinking water is vital to public health and the potential for future economic development. Even very small quantities of contaminating substances in lakes, rivers, or aquifers can limit their use as sources of clean drinking water. Local land use policy, open space planning, and conservation tailored to protecting these resources promote public health and ensure a long-term supply of clean drinking water. Consequently, there are important roles for local officials to play in protecting currently operating public water systems as well as water resources that can serve as future sources of drinking water.

Each year, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) convenes a conference concerning how to protect local drinking water resources that is designed for local planners, conservation commissioners, water supply managers, and other local leaders. On Wednesday May 19 and Thursday, May 20, NHDES will hold its 2021 Drinking Water Source Protection Virtual Conference online. This year’s conference will feature roundtable discussions and presentations on:

  • Climate impacts affecting public water systems such as drought and flooding, and how to manage, adapt or mitigate these impacts.
  • Results of a statewide public health study concerning human exposure to metals, pesticides and emerging contaminants found in drinking water.
  • Examples of how to use federal and state dollars to conserve critical water supply lands.
  • Public education: The keys to ensuring your message is compelling and effective.
  • Integrative study of excessive stormwater loading in New Hampshire’s Lake Waukewan.

….and more interesting source protection topics!

The conference fee is $35 and includes both days. This event qualifies for up to 10 Technical Credit Hours toward certification requirements under the NH Water Works Operator Certification Program. Instructions from NHDES will be sent directly to registered operators regarding how to earn credit online.

REGISTER at the American Ground Water Trust website: www.agwt.org (click on “Events”)

Registration questions? Contact Andrew Stone at AGWT: astone@agwt.org or 603-228-5444.

Other questions? Contact Pierce Rigrod at NHDES: pierce.rigrod@des.nh.gov or 603-271-0688.

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2021 NH Water Infrastructure Financing Webinar Series- REGISTRATION OPEN

The New Hampshire Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Programs will be hosting the 2021 Water Infrastructure Financing Webinar Series May 4-13, 2021. The webinar will include a series of 1 hour sessions focusing on funding program updates and educational opportunities.

The intended audience includes current/future loan recipients, community/financial decision makers, public works personnel city/town managers, commissioners, selectmen, municipal and regional planners, consultants/engineers, operators, and other interested parties.

Please see the Agenda or session descriptions below to access the registration links for each session.

 Credits: 1 Total Contact Hour (TCH)/ 0.1 Continuing Education Credit (CEU) per session up to 5 hour maximum.

 All sessions will be through the GoToTraining web-hosted online training service. The GoToTraining Attendee Guide and information on GoToTraining System Requirements can be found at the following links:

https://support.goto.com/training/att-guide

https://support.goto.com/training/help/system-requirements-for-attendees-g2t010003

All participants are strongly encouraged to review the Attendee Guide and System Requirements well in advance of the Webinar Series.

Sessions 

Day 1- May 4, 2021

The New Hampshire Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) Programs will kick-off the 2021 Water Infrastructure Financing Webinar series with welcome remarks, and program updates– including the 2021 pre-application process, funding allocations, website updates, and more from the CWSRF and DWSRF.

“The ABCs of Borrowing” Stephen Buckley from the New Hampshire Municipal Association will present an introduction to essential budgeting laws for cities and towns: fundamentals of municipal borrowing, limits and purposes of borrowing, how bonds and notes are approved, procedural requirements, role of the official budget committee, warrant article language, revolving loan fund statutes, and do’s and don’ts.

Day 2- May 5, 2021

DWSRF Small Systems Session This session will focus specifically on small drinking water systems (serving less than 1,000) and the DWSRF process. Taking on a drinking water infrastructure project and navigating the process to do so can be overwhelming for small water systems typically run by a group of volunteers. The NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau (DWGB) Small System Section and DWSRF Program staff are dedicated to helping small systems successfully complete DWSRF funded projects to provide customers with safe, reliable, efficient, and affordable drinking water. During the morning session, DWBG staff will provide small public water system participants with an overview of the funding program and application process from application submittal, project design, bid, construction through construction completion, and disbursement process.

9:00-9:30 Pre-Application, Final Application, Loan Documents, Disbursements

9:30-10:00 Federal Requirements (Environmental Review, Davis Bacon, American Iron & Steel, Disadvantaged Businesses)

10:00-11:00 Overview of Design, Bid, Construction & Business Plan Project Requirements

“Small Systems DWSRF-Optional Afternoon SessionThe afternoon Small Systems Session will be a “hands-on” workshop for those interested in starting their pre-application for the 2021 round, to learn how to best position their project for the funding priority ranking. We will spend time on the Water System Business Plan for small systems to justify their Asset Management planning efforts, and will discuss how to document to system’s current or planned energy and water efficiency efforts to qualify for the “green” ranking points.

Day 3- May 6, 2021

“Maximize Your Savings: Taking Advantage of the Funding to Save Money and Energy at Your Wastewater and Drinking Water Facilities”.

Sharon Nall, NHDES Wastewater Engineering Bureau, and Mark Toussaint, Eversource Energy will be presenting.  There is a blend of federal, state and efficiency funds available to help you implement energy efficiency projects at your wastewater and drinking water facilities. Sharon and Mark will help identify opportunities to save and help you learn how to access the funding sources for your projects.

“Checking the Boxes: DWSRF & DWGTF Asset Management” Luis Adorno, NHDES, Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau, will present. This presentation is primarily intended to provide clarity on the Asset Management requirements for the projects funded through the DWSRF and DWGTF. Another goal of the presentation is to provide examples on how to go beyond the requirements and utilize this as an opportunity to implement an entire asset management program for your organization.

Day 4 – May 11, 2021

“Green Project Reserve” James Bourne with EPA’s Region 1 office will provide attendees with information to assist in determining which Wastewater and Stormwater projects may have the potential to qualify for GPR. The four specific GPR categories will be examined: green infrastructure, water efficiency, energy efficiency, and environmentally innovative. Examples of the types of projects and activities that fit within each category will be provided.

“Stormwater and Infrastructure and Planning, Oh My!” Deborah Loiselle, NHDES Watershed Management Bureau, will provide attendees the opportunity to learn what New Hampshire communities are doing with their CWSRF Stormwater loans and how your community can take advantage of this loan opportunity. An overview of the types of potential projects, essential contacts, and process will be presented.

Day 5 – May 13, 2021

“PFAS Remediation Loan Fund”  Amy Rousseau, NHDES PFAS Response Administrator, will present on The Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Remediation Loan Fund, a low interest loan program with need based loan forgiveness and contingent reimbursement available to qualifying community and non-profit non-transient non-community drinking water systems for addressing PFAS contamination. Specifics of the loan program, eligibility requirements, and how to apply will be discussed.

“Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund (DWGTF) Program Updates” Erin Holmes, NHDES DWGTF Administrator, will provide an overview of the application process for the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund and discuss what “project readiness” means to the Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission and how it influences their selection of projects for funding.

Please contact us if you have questions or visit our website at: https://www.des.nh.gov/business-and-community/loans-and-grants/state-revolving-loan-fund

Questions/Contact:  Kathleen Bourret, CWSRF at: Kathleen.Bourret@des.nh.gov and/or Emily Nichols, DWSRF at: Emily.Nichols@des.nh.gov

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The Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2021 Request for Proposals is Now Open!

Deadline: Thursday May 27, 2021

Potential funding of $5 million or more for planning or implementation of environmental projects in the Long Island Sound watershed (CT, MA NH, NY, VT).  Grant range $50k-$1m. 

Check-out the RFP!

Register for a Webinar! RFP Updates & Enhancements! 
CT & NY Applicant Webinar 
MA, NH, VT Applicant Webinar

Priorities & Geographies?

Connecticut and New York grants available for:

  • Clean Waters and Healthy Watersheds – projects to reduce nutrient loading, combined sewer overflows, stormwater runoff, and nonpoint source loading.
  • Sustainable and Resilient Communities – projects to increase the knowledge and engagement of the public in protection and restoration of the Sound.
  • Community Coastal Resilience – projects to enhance coastal resilience with natural and green-gray infrastructure.
  • Thriving Habitats and Abundant Wildlife – Projects to restore coastal habitats and foster fish and wildlife in the coastal boundaries of CT and NY.

In the Upper Basin of the Long Island Sound Watershed (CT, MA, NH and VT) grants available for:

  • Water quality – projects to prevent or reduce nitrogen loading such as enhancing riparian forested buffer/channel, in-stream restoration, reducing agricultural runoff, low-cost retrofits at wastewater treatment facilities, etc.

Share a Project Idea! Questions?
Send a paragraph or two describing who, what, where, when, why, and approximately how much or send along questions toErin.Lewis@nfwf.org.

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Bridging the Gap Between Holy Water and Stormwater?

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Saving the Rain: Green Stormwater Solutions for Congregations

Please join EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management for a free webcast on the EPA guide, Saving the Rain: Green Stormwater Solutions for Congregations. A key tenet of many congregations is reverence and respect for nature. This guide was written to help congregations identify actions they can take to care for the environment—starting with their own properties. This guide provides information on designing, building, and maintaining raingardens, downspouts, rain barrels, green roofs, permeable pavement, and other conservation landscaping techniques. The guide also includes key tips on engaging congregation members and community stakeholders to build support for projects. During this webcast, Robert Goo from EPA’s Office of Wetlands Oceans and Watersheds and Naomi Edelson with the National Wildlife Federation will highlight how congregations can use the guide to manage stormwater runoff and promote conservation on their properties. Congregation leaders and conservation managers will share their perspectives on environmental stewardship and discuss their own experiences using the guide to improve congregation grounds.

Speakers

Robert Goo

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Washington, DC

 

Naomi Edelson

National Wildlife Federation

Washington, DC

 

Pastor Kip Banks

East Washington Heights Baptist Church

Washington, DC

 

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

Potomac, MD

 

Anita Sevier

Gesu Catholic Church

Detroit, MI

 

Steve Wasko

St. Suzanne Our Gate of Heaven Parish and Community Center

Detroit, MI

 

Jodi Rose

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

Annapolis, MD

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Bridging the Gap Between Stormwater and Holy Water?

Save the date!

Saving the Rain: Green Stormwater Solutions for Congregations

Please join EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management for a free webcast on the EPA guide, Saving the Rain: Green Stormwater Solutions for Congregations. A key tenet of many congregations is reverence and respect for nature. This guide was written to help congregations identify actions they can take to care for the environment—starting with their own properties. This guide provides information on designing, building, and maintaining raingardens, downspouts, rain barrels, green roofs, permeable pavement, and other conservation landscaping techniques. The guide also includes key tips on engaging congregation members and community stakeholders to build support for projects. During this webcast, Robert Goo from EPA’s Office of Wetlands Oceans and Watersheds and Naomi Edelson with the National Wildlife Federation will highlight how congregations can use the guide to manage stormwater runoff and promote conservation on their properties. Congregation leaders and conservation managers will share their perspectives on environmental stewardship and discuss their own experiences using the guide to improve congregation grounds.

Speakers

Robert Goo

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Washington, DC

 

Naomi Edelson

National Wildlife Federation

Washington, DC

 

Pastor Kip Banks

East Washington Heights Baptist Church

Washington, DC

 

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

Potomac, MD

 

Anita Sevier

Gesu Catholic Church

Detroit, MI

 

Steve Wasko

St. Suzanne Our Gate of Heaven Parish and Community Center

Detroit, MI

 

Jodi Rose

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

Annapolis, MD

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Request for Qualifications for Engineering Services

The Messer Pond Protective Association (MPPA) is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from interested civil and environmental engineering firms to conduct an inspection of the current stormwater management structures on Forest Acres Road in New London, New Hampshire to assess their effectiveness to mitigate nutrient loading from stormwater runoff and develop plans to improve the overall stormwater management capability along the entire road.  Submittal deadline is  5:00 PM on April 23rd, 2021. Click below for further details.

BMP2 RFQ FINAL_20210329

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It’s not too late!!! Get tickets NOW for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival TONIGHT (and for 5 days of video on demand).

I for one cannot wait to “see” many of you tonight in the virtual reception room for what will be a jaw-dropping, inspiring, humorous, motivating, thought-provoking, scientific-discovery-filled, and passport to inaccessible parts of the planet movie event like no other.

To join me and SO many others, you need to visit http://www.nhrivers.org right now to secure your tickets. Remember, the New Hampshire Rivers Council brings us this event that features unique films that you cannot see anywhere else. There are between ten and twelve short films and one cartoon this year that capture your attention while providing content for all ages and interests! Make this a Friday night and weekend to remember and chat about with others in attendance when you next see them.

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss out! And, thanks for supporting the protection and restoration of 17,000 river and stream miles with every ticket purchase. If that’s not motivation enough, did I mention that you can win fabulous swag and virtual “door prizes” tonight during the live event? You can, but only by visiting http://www.nhrivers.org right now! “See” you there!

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Request for Bids: Nippo Lake – Phosphorus Inactivation of Surficial Sediments

The Nippo Lake Association seeks responses to a Request for Bids (RFB) for the treatment of surficial sediments in Nippo Lake. The goal of the RFB is to identify the respondent who can best complete the work as outlined in the RFB. A contract commencing is Spring 2021 is being offered for completing the scope of work. This RFB and contract work are contingent upon pending State of New Hampshire permit approval required for the appropriation of funds for this project. A link to download the RFB is provided below.

Nippo Lake_RFB 03_22_2021

 

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