Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series:

Community Buy-in for Stormwater Funding: An EPA Roundtable Series

Thursday, June 11th, 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

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Stormwater is one of our largest remaining threats to water quality, but managing stormwater and meeting permit requirements can be expensive. One of the greatest challenges for New England municipalities with a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) is reaching consensus on stormwater program funding to support implementation of permit requirements and provide co- benefits to their citizens. Exploring funding mechanisms like “Stormwater Utilities” and “Stormwater Enterprise Funds” can be controversial, and public support is critical to success.

This webinar will share successful strategies and best practices for community engagement and consensus-building from a pilot roundtable series launched in 2017 by the US EPA and the Consensus Building Institute. Over the course of several months, these roundtables helped municipal staff build skills and strategies to understand community concerns, develop effective partnerships, and achieve community support for stormwater funding. The webinar will feature the program developers, the roundtable facilitator, and a participating municipality that has implemented a stormwater enterprise fund. Presenters will cover key approaches, successful techniques, available resources, and lessons learned from the roundtables, as well as strategies for urban, suburban and rural municipalities exploring financing solutions to local stormwater management.

Presenters

·         Dr. Marilyn ten Brink, US EPA Office of Research and Development

·         Carri Hulet, Consensus Building Institute

·         Maeghan Dos Anjos, Town of Ashland, MA

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

PORTSMOUTH, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Coastal Program announces targeted funds available for projects that improve resilience to coastal hazards in New Hampshire (NH) communities. Each year, coastal NH communities experience damages to property, infrastructure, natural and cultural resources, and associated economic and social disruptions from coastal storms, flooding, and erosion. According to the 2019-2020 New Hampshire Coastal Flood Risk Summary, coastal flood hazards are projected to intensify and expand with the effects of climate change. In order to address current and future coastal flood hazards, communities have expressed a need for funding and technical assistance to increase capacity, improve vulnerability and risk assessment information, conduct planning, and design site-specific adaptation strategies. This year, as communities grapple with the added challenges of providing public health and safety and encouraging economic resilience through the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of ensuring that our communities can be resilient to natural coastal hazards is even more apparent.

The NHDES Coastal Program is pleased to announce the 2020 NH Coastal Resilience Grant opportunity. These funds are intended to support decision capacity-building, assessment, planning, and design projects to increase resilience to coastal hazards. Projects must take place within one or more of the 17 Coastal Zone communities.[1]  For the purposes of this funding opportunity, “Coastal resilience” is defined as the capacity of a coastal community or coastal system to thrive in a changing climate—not only measured by the capacity to “bounce back” quickly from shocks and stresses, but also, and perhaps more importantly, measured by the capacity to “leap forward” to create new ways of working that enable sustained achievement of community goals and social, economic, and environmental wellbeing over the long-term.

Eligible applicants include coastal municipalities, state agencies, quasi-governmental organizations (such as regional planning commissions), academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations. Preference will be given to proposals that involve coastal municipal governments or demonstrate clear buy-in from one or more coastal communities. Total anticipated federal grant funding for all NH Coastal Resilience grant projects is approximately $150,000. Applicants must request a minimum of $25,000 and no more than $75,000 in federal grant funds per project. A 4:1 federal grant funds to non-federal match through cash or in-kind services is required. Non-federal match commitments exceeding the 4:1 requirement are encouraged. 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.

For more information on eligibility, project types, and submittal requirements, view the full request for proposals in PDF or as a Word Document. Proposals must be submitted electronically by email to kirsten.howard@des.nh.gov by 4:00 pm EDT on Friday, July 31, 2020.  The highest scoring applicants will be asked to refine scopes of services and budgets for contracting.

This funding opportunity marks the fifth year that the NHDES Coastal Program has offered competitive grant funds for coastal resilience projects. Between 2014 and 2019, 16 projects were funded throughout the NH coast totaling more than $700,000 in federal grant funds and nearly $400,000 in match commitment from grantees. Projects selected for funding in 2019 included a vulnerability assessment of the Seabrook Wastewater Treatment Facility, integration of coastal resilience in Sustainability Program development for the Town of Exeter, improved stormwater and urban tree management in the City of Dover, and development of coastal hazards and adaptation master plan chapters for the towns of North Hampton and Durham.

Please contact NHDES Coastal Program Resilience Coordinator Kirsten Howard at (603) 559-0020 or kirsten.howard@des.nh.gov with inquiries about the open request for proposals or past coastal resilience grants.

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Request for Qualifications for the Design of Stormwater Treatment Practices – Forest Acres Road, New London, NH

Messer Pond Protective Association

Request for Qualifications for Engineering Services

Messer Pond Watershed-based Implementation Plan

Forest Acres Road Culverts and BMPs

New London, NH

Posted date: April 30, 2020                        Due Date: June 5, 2020 by 5:00 pm EST

INTRODUCTION:

 The Messer Pond Protective Association (MPPA) is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from interested civil and environmental engineering firms for the design of small-scale stormwater treatment practices in New London, New Hampshire.  The goals of this effort are based on the analysis and recommendations detailed in the Messer Pond Watershed-based Implementation Plan (Plan), developed by Base Flow, LLC, and dated April 4, 2016.  The Plan can be viewed at: Plan and Appendices.  All design work must be completed per the analysis notes outlined in the Plan and be in conformance with the Project Description and Scope of Required Services below.

This project will be funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Contractor selection will be through a Qualification Based Selection (QBS) process.   The NHDES Grant Proposal can be viewed at: NHDES Watershed Assistance Grant Documentation.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The Plan outlines recommendations to mitigate the nonpoint source (NPS) nutrient and sediment loading into Messer Pond.  The focus of this project is the improvement of three stream crossings and the design of stormwater management practices at Site 3 and Site 7, as identified in the Plan.  Specifically, the objective is to replace two undersized culverts on Forest Acres Road, review the placement and possible resetting of a third culvert  and mitigate the amount of road material and up-stream sand from entering these three culvert systems on Forest Acres Road.  The overall effort includes a site survey, a wetland delineation, the development of a construction plan with material list, an initial and on-going maintenance plan and a sampling plan to evaluate the BMP’s performance.

SITE DESCRIPTION:

Forest Acres Road is the only dirt road bordering Messer Pond.  There is evidence of storm water runoff flowing into Messer Pond from sediment, road salts and drainage ditch erosion from both sides of the road.

There are three stream crossings along Forest Acres Road. These culvert systems are only eight to ten feet away from either side of the road. Two of the culvert systems are undersized and do not meet existing design standards.  Based on an inspection, a third culvert system is believed to be mispositioned and inhibiting the flow of the stream at that road crossing.

In addition, at two of the stream crossings, a field survey conducted on 7/17/2019 observed an excessive amount of sand and sediment upstream of these locations. It was noted that the accumulation of material is far enough away from Forest Acres Road that it is believed not to be caused by stormwater runoff from the road.

Photographs of the site are available at: Site Documentation.

RESULTS TO BE ACHIEVED THROUGH PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS:

Develop construction plans and acquire the required permits to replace culverts systems at two stream crossings with appropriately sized pipes.

  • Investigate the placement of a third culvert system and if required develop construction plans and acquire the required permits to reorient the culvert system.
  • Working within the right-of-way along Forest Acres Road, develop BMPs to mitigate the nutrient and sediment loading from the initial flush of any storm event (first one inch), in a way that prevents storm water runoff from directly entering the culvert system at the three stream crossings.
  • Complete a field survey to identify source of upstream sediment loading at Nutter and Haas Brooks.

SCOPE OF REQUIRED SERVICES:

 Preparation of Site Specific Project Plan (SSPP):

  1. Assist the MPPA with the development of an SSPP for implementation of the Messer Pond Watershed Plan – Phase 2 – Forest Acres Road, Browns Brook, Fieldstone Lane and County Road BMPs as described in the full proposal submitted to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services by:
  • Developing the sections of the SSPP that describe/explain the data analysis, modeling and assessment methodology used to select and execute pollutant load reduction models to evaluate the efficiency of all BMPs installed as part of this NHDES Grant Proposal.
  • Updating the SSPP to address all comments from reviews by NHDES and the EPA; such that the final document meets all NHDES and EPA approval requirements.

Development of a design package for the stormwater management practices to achieve the results identified in 1 through 4 above under “RESULTS TO BE ACHIEVED THROUGH PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS” and identified in the NHDES Watershed Assistance Grant Documentation. The design package and associated work shall include:

  1. Construction-ready plans for the stream crossings that ideally can be installed in 5 days and include proposed construction sequences, site preparation/stabilization plans and schedules.
  2. Perform ROW and site features survey to locate existing edge of pavement, centerline, adjacent shoulders and side slopes, wetlands flags, culverts and swales within the limits of work.
  3. Site drawings that identify the specific areas of interest (with dimensions). The drawings need to identify the location of utilities, Right of Ways, zoning setback as recorded by the Town of New London and deed information as recorded in the Merrimack County Registry of Deeds.
  4. Prepare and submit wetland permit for all work
  5. Perform a wetland delineation and provide supporting documentation
  6. Material lists
  7. Initial maintenance plan that will allow for establishment of the BMPs
  8. Development of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) plan to preserve the integrity of the BMPs
  9. Calculate estimated pollutant load reductions for sediment, phosphorus and nitrogen to be achieved by the design in accordance with NHDES approved methods and the SSPP.
  10. Review current water sampling plan and recommend any additions to allow for the performance of the BMPs to be monitored and verified.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE:

  1. It is anticipated that items 1 – 8 in the Scope of Required Services will be completed by August 15, 2020 to allow for construction to start on/around September 1, 2020. Construction is anticipated to last 5 days. The remainder of the work specified in the Scope of Required Services must be completed within a month of the end of construction.
  2. Given that the construction of this design will be done by the Town of New London Department of Public Works (DPW,) on town road right of ways, it is expected that a knowledgeable representative of the firm will be available in a timely manner to inspect construction work, answer questions and/or respond to any reasonable request of the MPPA staff or the Town of New London DPW.
  3. Funding for the project detailed in this solicitation is provided in part with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency obtained through an agreement with NHDES. The contract award will be contingent upon compliance with all applicable rules and regulations of the State of New Hampshire as well as requirements applicable to use of federal grant funds.

[NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak; the funding approval processes at the state and federal levels have been delayed.  The contract award will also be contingent on final approval from the EPA, the NHDES and the NH Governor’s Executive Council.]

4. Insurance Requirements: The selected firm must submit proof of liability and workers compensation prior to execution of the contract including comprehensive public liability insurance coverage amounts of not less than $1,000,000 each occurrence and $2,000,000 general aggregate.

  1. Hold Harmless: The contractor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless MPPA and Town of New London from any and all liability loss or damage, including but not limited to bodily injury, illness, death, or property damage, which the firm becomes obligated to pay, including reasonable attorney’s fees, investigative and discovery costs, as a result of claims, demands, costs or judgments against the MPPA or the Town of New London arising out of this agreement, caused by or arising out of the negligence, fault, breach of warranty, product liability or strict liability of the firm, the MPPA or the Town of New London, whether such negligence, fault, breach of warranty, products liability, or strict liability is sole, joint, or several.

EVALUATION PROCESS:

Qualifications will be evaluated and ranked according to the following criteria (weighted equally):

  1. Capacity of firm and personnel to perform required scope of services within specified timeframe.
  2. Experience on similar projects, developing designs and construction-ready plans for small scale stormwater treatment practices.
  3. Experience working and interfacing with small, municipal boards, commissions and departments.
  4. Clarity and presentation of qualifications package.
  5. References check.

The MPPA reserves the right to interview, either in person or over the phone, candidates as part of the selection process.

The MPPA and the Town of New London DPW will evaluate all responses.  Determination of qualifications and rank is at the sole discretion of the MPPA following the criteria and procedure detailed in this RFQ. Failure to submit all information called for may be sufficient grounds for disqualification.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Complete submittals will be evaluated in accordance with the criteria set forth under the “Evaluation Process.” A scope and cost proposal will then be requested from the highest ranked qualified firm. Should an agreement not be reached, negotiations will proceed with the second ranked firm and so forth. The contract may be awarded to the firm that most closely satisfies the needs of the MPPA and is deemed to be the most advantageous to the MPPA. The MPPA reserves the right to reject any and all proposals not conforming to the “Scope of Required Services” and “Other Terms and Conditions of Service”. The contract shall be made only with responsible firms who possess the potential ability to perform successfully under the terms and conditions of the proposed procurement.

This RFQ does not commit the MPPA to award a contract or to pay any costs incurred during the preparation of the applicant’s RFQ response. The MPPA reserves the right to reject any or all responses, or portions thereof, to negotiate separately with any source whatsoever, or to cancel this request at any time for any reason allowable under applicable rules and laws.

REQUIREMENTS FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATION:

  1. Name and address of firm; name, title, phone and email for contact person.
  2. Description of other projects designed by this firm similar to this project.
  3. Contact information for 2 – 3 references.
  4. A brief description of the firm’s approach to planning, designing and implementing the project, including expectations of client.
  5. Principal team members’ roles, availability, qualifications and experience

Note: You are invited to include a maximum of one page of information not covered above, which you feel may be useful.

Electronic copies of your Statement of Qualification should be emailed in PDF format to John Doyle at johndoyle@messerpond.org no later than Friday June 5, 2020.

Questions:

Any questions about this RFQ must be submitted via email to John Doyle at johndoyle@messerpond.org.  Questions will be answered in a summary digest. The summary digest will be provided to firms who contact the MPPA and request to be put on an e-mail list to receive the digest. The cut-off date for questions and requests to be put on the e-mail list to receive the summary of questions and answers is May 25, 2020.  Please e-mail John Doyle at johndoyle@messerpond.org to be put on the e-mail list to receive responses.  

The summary digest will be provided via e-mail on May 27, 2020 to all firms on the response list.

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Requests for Qualifications for Stormwater Treatment Design Fieldstone Lane and County Road, New London, NH

The Messer Pond Protective Association is issuing this Request for Qualifications for the design of stormwater treatment practices at Fieldstone Lane and County Road, New London, NH

Posted date: April 30, 2020                        Due Date: June 5, 2020 by 5:00 pm EST

INTRODUCTION:

The Messer Pond Protective Association (MPPA) is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from interested civil and environmental engineering firms for the design of a small-scale stormwater treatment practice in New London, New Hampshire.  The goals of this effort are based on the analysis and recommendations detailed in the Messer Pond Watershed-based Implementation Plan (Plan), developed by Base Flow, LLC, and dated April 4, 2016.  The Plan can be viewed at: Plan and Appendices.  All design work must be completed per the analysis notes outlined in the Plan and be in conformance with the Project Description and Scope of Required Services below.

This project will be funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as one from the New Hampshire State Conservation Committee (SCC) Conservation Grant Program.  Contractor selection will be through a Qualification Based Selection (QBS) process.   The NHDES Grant and SCC Grant Proposals and documentation can be viewed at: NHDES Watershed Assistance Grant Documentation.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The Plan outlines recommendations to mitigate the nonpoint source (NPS) nutrient and sediment loading into Messer Pond.  The focus of this project is the design of stormwater management practices at Site 8, as identified in the Plan.   Specifically, the objective is to address the NPS nutrient and sediment loading caused by the stormwater runoff on the south side of County Road; as well as mitigate the sediment loading from Fieldstone Lane caused by roadside ditch erosion.  The overall effort includes the development of a construction plan with material list, an initial and on-going maintenance plan and a sampling plan to evaluate the BMP’s performance.

[Note: The north side of Site 8 was addressed as part of a project funded by a 2017 Watershed Assistance Grant.  A description of the results of that work are available at: Phase 1 – County Road BMPs.]

SITE DESCRIPTION:

 County Road Brook is only eight to ten feet away from County Road on either side of the road.  It is evident that there is a direct input of sediment, road salts and NPS pollution from both sides of the road into the brook and adjacent wetland.  This portion of County Road is the low point adjacent to a steep hill.

In addition, Fieldstone Lane is also contributing to the sediment loading to this area.  Due to the slope and crowning of Fieldstone Lane, stormwater runoff and an excessive amount of ditch erosion is occurring.  This material is also entering the culvert system (and subsequently the wetland) on the south side of County Road.

hotographs of the site are available at: Site Documentation.

RESULTS TO BE ACHIEVED THROUGH PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Working within the right-of-way along County Road and Fieldstone Lane, mitigate the nutrient and sediment loading from the initial flush of any storm event (first one inch), in a way that integrates with and complements the existing drainage systems installed by the Town of New London.
  • Address the roadside ditch erosion on Fieldstone Lane (covering approximately 700 feet of roadway from the intersection of County Road); reducing the amount of sediment entering the County Road culvert system.

SCOPE OF REQUIRED SERVICES:

Development of a design package for the stormwater management practices to achieve the results identified in 1 and 2 above under “RESULTS TO BE ACHIEVED THROUGH PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS” and identified in the NHDES Watershed Assistance and SCC Conservation Grant Documentation. The design package and associated work shall include:

  1. Construction-ready plans for the BMPs that ideally can be installed in 2 – 4 days and include proposed construction sequences, site preparation/stabilization plans and schedules.
  2. Perform ROW and site features survey to locate existing edge of pavement, centerline, adjacent shoulders and side slopes, wetlands flags, culverts and swales within the limits of work.
  3. Site drawings that identify the specific areas of interest (with dimensions). The drawings need to identify the location of utilities, Right of Ways, zoning setbacks as recorded by the Town of New London and deed information as recorded in the Merrimack County Registry of Deeds.
  4. Material lists
  5. Initial maintenance plan that will allow for establishment of the BMPs
  6. Development of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) plan to preserve the integrity of the BMPs
  7. Calculate estimated pollutant load reductions for sediment, phosphorus and nitrogen to be achieved by the design in accordance with NHDES approved methods and the SSPP.
  8. Review current water sampling plan and recommend any additions to allow for the performance of the BMPs to be monitored and verified.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE:

  • It is anticipated that items 1 – 5 in the Scope of Required Services will be completed by August 15, 2020 to allow for construction to start on/around September 1, 2020. Construction is anticipated to last 2 – 4 days. The remainder of the work specified in the Scope of Required Services must be completed within a month of the end of construction.
  • Given that the construction of this design will be done by the Town of New London Department of Public Works (DPW,) on town road right of ways, it is expected that a knowledgeable representative of the firm will be available in a timely manner to inspect construction work, answer questions and/or respond to any reasonable request of the MPPA staff or the Town of New London DPW.
  • Funding for the project detailed in this solicitation is provided in part with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency obtained through an agreement with NHDES. Funding is also provided in part with funds from the New Hampshire State Conservation Committee Conservation Grant Program.  The contract award will be contingent upon compliance with all applicable rules and regulations of the State of New Hampshire as well as requirements applicable to use of federal grant funds.
  • [NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak; the funding approval processes at the state and federal levels have been delayed. The contract award will also be contingent on final approval from the EPA, the NHDES and the NH Governor’s Executive Council.]
  • Insurance Requirements: The selected firm must submit proof of liability and workers compensation prior to execution of the contract including comprehensive public liability insurance coverage amounts of not less than $1,000,000 each occurrence and $2,000,000 general aggregate.
  • Hold Harmless: The contractor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless MPPA and Town of New London from any and all liability loss or damage, including but not limited to bodily injury, illness, death, or property damage, which the firm becomes obligated to pay, including reasonable attorney’s fees, investigative and discovery costs, as a result of claims, demands, costs or judgments against the MPPA or the Town of New London arising out of this agreement, caused by or arising out of the negligence, fault, breach of warranty, product liability or strict liability of the firm, the MPPA or the Town of New London, whether such negligence, fault, breach of warranty, products liability, or strict liability is sole, joint, or several.

EVALUATION PROCESS:

Qualifications will be evaluated and ranked according to the following criteria (weighted equally):

  1. Capacity of firm and personnel to perform required scope of services within specified timeframe.
  2. Experience on similar projects, developing designs and construction-ready plans for small scale stormwater treatment practices.
  3. Experience working and interfacing with small, municipal boards, commissions and departments.
  4. Clarity and presentation of qualifications package.
  5. References check.

The MPPA reserves the right to interview, either in person or over the phone, candidates as part of the selection process.

The MPPA and the Town of New London DPW will evaluate all responses.  Determination of qualifications and rank is at the sole discretion of the MPPA following the criteria and procedure detailed in this RFQ. Failure to submit all information called for may be sufficient grounds for disqualification.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Complete submittals will be evaluated in accordance with the criteria set forth under the “Evaluation Process.” A scope and cost proposal will then be requested from the highest ranked qualified firm. Should an agreement not be reached, negotiations will proceed with the second ranked firm and so forth. The contract may be awarded to the firm that most closely satisfies the needs of the MPPA and is deemed to be the most advantageous to the MPPA. The MPPA reserves the right to reject any and all proposals not conforming to the “Scope of Required Services” and “Other Terms and Conditions of Service”. The contract shall be made only with responsible firms who possess the potential ability to perform successfully under the terms and conditions of the proposed procurement.

This RFQ does not commit the MPPA to award a contract or to pay any costs incurred during the preparation of the applicant’s RFQ response. The MPPA reserves the right to reject any or all responses, or portions thereof, to negotiate separately with any source whatsoever, or to cancel this request at any time for any reason allowable under applicable rules and laws.

REQUIREMENTS FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATION:

  1. Name and address of firm; name, title, phone and email for contact person.
  2. Description of other projects designed by this firm similar to this project.
  3. Contact information for 2 – 3 references.
  4. A brief description of the firm’s approach to planning, designing and implementing the project, including expectations of client.
  5. Principal team members’ roles, availability, qualifications and experience

Note: You are invited to include a maximum of one page of information not covered above, which you feel may be useful.

Electronic copies of your Statement of Qualification should be emailed in PDF format to John Doyle at johndoyle@messerpond.org no later than Friday June 5, 2020.

Questions:

Any questions about this RFQ must be submitted via email to John Doyle at johndoyle@messerpond.orgQuestions will be answered in a summary digest. The summary digest will be provided to firms who contact the MPPA and request to be put on an e-mail list to receive the digest. The cut-off date for questions and requests to be put on the e-mail list to receive the summary of questions and answers is May 25, 2020. Please e-mail John Doyle at johndoyle@messerpond.org to be put on the e-mail list to receive responses.  

 The summary digest will be provided via e-mail on May 27, 2020 to all firms on the response list.

 

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Bioretention Soil Media, Vegetation and Maintenance: Lessons Learned from Green Stormwater Infrastructure Research In Vermont

University of Minnesota Water Resources Center Webinar

May 7, 2020 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET

Details and to Register :  https://www.wrc.umn.edu/news-events/mnswseries-9

Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) aims to manage runoff from impervious surfaces using natural processes to reduce hydrologic and water quality impacts on receiving waters. Bioretention is a type of GSI that utilizes soil media and vegetation to store and filter stormwater. While bioretention systems can effectively slow and store runoff and capture sediments, performance in capturing and filtering nutrient pollutants is variable. In addition, lack of maintenance, and poor vegetation selection can cause bioretention systems to under-perform in terms of both ecological function and aesthetic goals. This presentation will review recent and ongoing research based on multiple bioretention studies conducted at the University of Vermont, across urban, suburban, and agricultural land uses. Topics will include: vegetation selection for cold climate conditions, Vermont resident and municipal officials’ perceptions of maintenance needs and aesthetics of bioretention systems, concerns about the use of compost in bioretention soil media, and the potential to capture phosphorus by using aluminum- and iron-based Drinking Water Treatment Residuals (DWTR) as a soil amendment.

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REMINDER Submittal deadline – Request for Qualifications, Bailey Road

REMINDER – REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS RESPONSES DUE THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020, 5:00 PM

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Issued by the Town of Effingham
for
Province Lake Drainage Improvements Analysis
for Bailey Road

The Town of Effingham requests qualifications submittals for consulting assistance to study and plan culvert and road improvements for Bailey Road, a public road maintained by the Town of Effingham. The town views this project as a priority to alleviate local flooding at the outlet of Province Lake, improve aging and inadequate infrastructure, and address potential water quality concerns for the lake.

The deadline for qualifications submittals is April 23, 2020, 5:00 PM.

The Town of Effingham will not respond to telephone inquiries about the RFQ.

Click here to download the RFQ:

https://www.effinghamnh.net/documents/2020/03/rfq-bailey-road-culvert-revised.pdf/

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Request for Qualifications for Stormwater Best Management Practice Design, Wolfeboro, NH

Type of Request  

RFQ LINK: Phase_IV_RFQ_04102020

Request Description: Request for Qualifications – Issued by the Town of Wolfeboro and Wentworth Watershed Association for Design of Stormwater Best Management Practices.
Date Posted: April 10, 2020
Closing Date: May 15, 2020 3:00 PM
Bureau/Unit: NHDES Watershed Management Bureau/Watershed Assistance Section on behalf of the Town of Wolfeboro, NH
Contacts: Matthew Sullivan

Director of Planning and Development

P.O. Box 629

Wolfeboro, NH 03894

Email: planningdirector@wolfeboronh.us

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Nature-based learning resources for children from the USFS

Our friends at the US Forest Service have provided us with some links to outdoor-based educational information for kids.  There’s some really great stuff in here!

This list was compiled by Kimberly Winter, NatureWatch National Program Manager

Environment for the Americas Bilingual educational items teaching about bird conservation):https://www.migratorybirdday.org/resources/

Natural Inquirer teaches children about the scientific process and nature using science standards. They have materials from elementary through high school, with some in Spanish also: http://www.naturalinquirer.org/For-Educators-v-158.html

Mister G bilingual music artist has wonderful sing-along videos for children, a book about Monarch migration called Senorita Mariposa, and is working on some new material to help parents and kids get through the pandemic: https://mistergsongs.com/video/

Into the Outdoors is outside-oriented, with some curricula for elementary, middle, and high school students: http://intotheoutdoors.org/?s=elementary

Discover the Forest has activities for kids and can give people places to go (once parks are open again): https://discovertheforest.org/activities

NatureWatch USFS will be posting these and other websites/resources in its social media posts (they show up at the website feed too) as soon as they get them: https://www.fs.fed.us/naturewatch/

Pollinator Partnership hosts annual Pollinator Week and has an entire curriculum for grades 3-6, plus tons of pollinator and flower-themed activities for children of all ages: https://www.pollinator.org/learning-center/education

Project EduBat has a lot of bat-themed activities: https://batslive.pwnet.org/edubat/curriculum.php

FSNatureLIVE is geared towards middle schoolers with science-based curricula and student-led videos on themes such as pollinators, bats, climate change, etc: www.FSNatureLive.org

 

 
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NH Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management: Do-It-Yourself Stormwater Solutions!

Soak Up the Rain NH has updated the NH Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management: Do-It-Yourself Stormwater Solutions! This new version provides updated information and resources, some clarification on the fact sheets, and a bit of reformatting. To our wonderful partners who post this guide and the associated individual Do-It-Yourself fact sheets, please update your web links (below) for your constituents.

Link to revised 2019 edition of the guide:

https://www4.des.state.nh.us/SoakNH/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Homeowners-Guide-to-Stormwater-Management-2019.pdf

Link to SOAKNH page with revised 2019 edition individual DIY Fact Sheets:

https://www4.des.state.nh.us/SoakNH/resources-2/diy-fact-sheets/

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Submittal deadline REMINDER – Request for Qualifications, Bailey Road

REMINDER – REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS RESPONSES DUE THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020, 5:00 PM

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Issued by the Town of Effingham
for
Province Lake Drainage Improvements Analysis
for Bailey Road

NOTE: The submittal date for qualifications packages has been extended. Submittals are now due April 23, 2020.

The Town of Effingham is requesting qualifications submittals for consulting assistance to study and plan culvert and road improvements for Bailey Road, a public road maintained by the Town of Effingham. The town views this project as a priority to alleviate local flooding at the outlet of Province Lake, improve aging and inadequate infrastructure, and address potential water quality concerns for the lake. The deadline for qualifications submittals has been extended to April 23, 2020.

Additionally, the period to submit questions has been extended. Questions about this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) must be submitted to the Town of Effingham April 9, 2020. The Town of Effingham will not respond to telephone inquiries about the RFQ.

Questions concerning this RFQ must be submitted via email to the town at: townofeffingham@effinghamnh.net.

Click here to download the updated RFQ:

RFQ_Bailey Road_REVISED

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