Project Spotlight: Parsons Creek Restoration Project – Rye

Parsons Creek Watershed Restoration Project Summer Successes!

The Town of Rye has been working hard to implement the Parsons Creek Watershed Based Plan this summer. The Rye Department of Public Works has been instrumental in completing much of this work. This two-year project kicked off in November 2012. To date, the following projects have been implemented:

·    Successful installation of five BMPs including four vegetated buffers and one rain garden.

·    Creation of a septic system database for all septic systems in the watershed.

·    Monitoring of ten locations throughout the Parsons Creek watershed for enterococci bacteria. On one sample date, canine detection was used at each of these locations to determine the presence of wastewater.

·    Organization of a public outreach event to highlight the project. A flyer was developed for the event.

The second year of the project will include completion of the septic system database and development of a comprehensive education and outreach plan.

Nice work Town of Rye and project consultant FB Environmental!

Rye DPW installs buffer plantings to filter stormwater:  

Rye stream buffer plantings:


Funding for this project was provided in part by a Watershed Assistance Grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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