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.


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

Michael Baer, Managing Director, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank

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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:


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 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:

For more information about the Local Source Water Protection Grant Program, please contact Andrew Madison, NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau at 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

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  



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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

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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2020 Watershed Assistance Grants Available

Link to Website:

Section 319 Request for Pre-proposals

NHDES’ Watershed Assistance Section has released the 2020 Watershed Assistance Grants’ Pre-proposal RFP to support local initiatives to restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters. Pre-proposals are due September 20, 2019.

For more information, contact:

  • Coastal Watershed: Sally Soule (603) 559-0032 or
  • All other watersheds: Jeff Marcoux (603) 271-8862 or

Resources for Grant Applicants

Water Quality Planning (604B)

Water Quality Planning (604B) grants are available to Regional Planning Commissions and/or the Connecticut River Joint Commissions for water quality planning purposes. Funding priority is given to projects developing watershed-based plans. The 2020 Request for Letter of Intent (LOI) is now available. An approximate total award amount of $64,000 is available. All LOIs are due by 4 PM, September 20, 2019.

For more information:

  • Katherine Zink (603) 271-8475
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Water Connections: What Fresh Water Means to Us, What We Mean to Water

Thursday, June 13th, 2019, 6 p.m.

Author Jim Rousmaniere visits Gibson’s Bookstore to present his new book, Water Connections: What Fresh Water Means to Us, What We Mean to Water, focusing on how bodies of water have been affected by changes in technology, economic values, new forms of pollution, new ideas about nature and the occasionally unintended consequences of human actions. It highlights the direct connection between people and water with stories from and about conservationists, artists, government officials, fisherman, scientists and more.

Over the years Americans have changed what they do in and around water. They no longer send raw sewage into rivers. They no longer fill in swamps to make space for farmland or shopping centers. They no longer build huge power dams. They don’t flush unused medicines down the toilet any more. So, we’re capable of change, but are we up for more change at a time when chemicals we know little about are getting into public waters, and when harder rains from climate change are doing real flood damage and when water shortages have become more common?

About the author: Journalist and historian Jim Rousmaniere of Roxbury, NH, is the former editor and president of the Keene Sentinel.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 13, 2019 – 6:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301


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Request for Qualifications for Engineering Services – BMP Design, Ossipee NH

Green Mountain Conservation Group has issued a Request for Qualifications for Engineering Services

Ossipee Lake and its Bays BMP Projects “Ossipee Lake Watershed Management Plan Phase III: BMP Implementation”

The Green Mountain Conservation Group (GMCG) is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) for engineering services to support the subject BMP Implementation Plan. Statements labeled “Engineering Services RFQ2019-01” shall be submitted to Blair Folts, GMCG Executive Director, via mail to GMCG PO Box 95 Effingham, NH 03882 by 5:00pm, on Friday June 14, 2019.

Please see the attached RFQ 20190520 RFQ final or contact for  instructions and further information.

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Coastal Resilience Municipal Planning Grants

Coastal Program Announces Request for Proposals for New Hampshire Coastal Resilience Municipal Planning Grants

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Coastal Program announces the availability of targeted funds for municipal projects that plan for resilience to coastal hazards and build sustained capacity to implement resilience plans. Each year, coastal municipalities in New Hampshire (NH) experience flooding and coastal storm damages to property, infrastructure, natural and cultural resources, along with associated economic disruptions. The past few years brought damaging nor’easters and more frequent reports of nuisance high tide flooding. These hazards are projected to intensify and expand with the effects of climate change.

All coastal NH municipalities have completed general vulnerability assessments and some have begun integrating climate change in local plans and ordinances; however, municipalities lack sustained local capacity to institutionalize climate change adaptation throughout municipal operations and implement the resilience priorities identified in their plans. To help municipalities prepare for coastal hazards, the NHDES Coastal Program is announcing the 2019 NH Coastal Resilience Municipal Planning Grant opportunity. These funds are intended to support planning to increase resilience to coastal hazards as well as build local capacity to implement resilience plans.

Projects must take place within one or more of the 17 Coastal Zone municipalities. Eligible applicants include Coastal Zone municipalities and consultants approved by a Coastal Zone municipality as demonstrated by a letter of support from the municipal governing body.

A total funding amount of approximately $100,000 is available. Applicants must request a minimum of $10,000 and no more than $30,000 in grant funds per project. A two-to-one federal to non-federal match through cash or in-kind services is required (i.e., if $10,000 in grant funds are requested the applicant must provide at least $5,000 in non-federal cash or in-kind match). The funds are made available to the NHDES Coastal Program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management, under the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Proposals must be submitted electronically by emailing by 4:00 pm EDT on Friday, July 26, 2019.

The highest scoring applicants will be asked to refine scopes of services and budgets for contracting.

For more information on eligibility, project types, and submittal requirements, view the full request for proposals in PDF or as a Word Document.

For further assistance, please contact NHDES Coastal Program Resilience Coordinator Kirsten Howard at (603) 559-0020 or


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