New Hampshire Rivers Council
A First Look at a New Watershed Assessment Tool
Bob Hartzel, CLM, CPESC Principal, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
A completed Watershed-Based Plan (WBP) is a prerequisite for communities or organizations seeking Section 319 grant funding for watershed restoration projects. Development of a WBP requires a high level of technical expertise to provide required information such as modeled pollutant loading estimates and cost estimates for proposed improvements. As a result, the pool of potential Section 319 grant applicants is limited to those with access to the technical and/or financial resources needed to complete a WBP. To promote statewide development of WBPs, and thereby strengthen the pool of Section 319 grant applications, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) selected Geosyntec to develop a web-based tool for statewide WBPs.
The WBP tool allows users to complete a technically robust WBP very efficiently, and allows the state to focus a greater share of its limited Section 319 funding on watershed restoration efforts. The WBP tool also facilitates implementation projects in high-priority watersheds and will increase the range of opportunities for partnership projects that leverage funding from multiple sources. The WBP website also provides specialized options, tools, and guidance that are tailored to the unique watershed planning requirements of communities with urbanized areas regulated under a NPDES MS4 stormwater permit.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 12:30 to 2:00 PM, Conservation Center at 54 Portsmouth Street, Concord, NH 03301
Light refreshments will be provided to augment the brown bag lunch that you bring at 12:30. The program begins at 1:00 PM
Space is limited so registration is required. Click here for more information and to register: