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 sally.soule@des.nh.gov
  • All other watersheds: Jeff Marcoux (603) 271-8862 or jeffrey.marcoux@des.nh.gov

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 katherine.zink@des.nh.gov
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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 mailto:info@gmcg.org 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 kirsten.howard@des.nh.gov 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 kirsten.howard@des.nh.gov.


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2019 Pre-Application Invitation NH Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program Wastewater State Aid Grant Program

NHDES is now accepting pre-applications for the 2019 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for wastewater, stormwater and nonpoint source projects.  CWSRF funding is available for water pollution control, watershed protection and restoration, and estuary management projects that contribute to the protection of public health and water quality.

Deadline for CWSRF pre-applications is Friday, June 14th.

2019 CWSRF Pre-Application Announcement

 CWSRF Pre-application: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wweb/documents/srf_preapp.doc

 Principal forgiveness (PF) for loan recipients continues in 2019!

Expected subsidy from the 2019 CWSRF capitalization grant to be pooled with uncommitted allotments from previous grants to distribute the maximum financial benefit statewide.

While funds are available, the CWSRF is offering principal forgiveness for a broad range of activities- summarized below- please read the attached 2019 CWSRF Pre-App Announcement for more detail, and contact us with questions!


  • Once 2019 pre-applications and all 2018 loan applications are received, NHDES will be able to determine the percentages available for 2019 projects. This process includes consideration of the number and dollar amount of pre-applications from the various communities in NH, and is based on affordability criteria including sewer user charge rates, median household income, population and unemployment data.
  • Planning Evaluations: 100% principal forgiveness up to $75,000  https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wweb/documents/cwsrf-stormwater-wastewater-guidance.pdf
  • Asset Management: 100% principal forgiveness up to $30,000  https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/asset-managment/documents/cwsrf-am-guide.pdf
  • Energy Audits: up to $20,000 (no loan required) NHDES is contracting directly for the services to provide comprehensive energy audits for both wastewater treatment facilities and pumping stations. Loan agreements are not required to receive up to $20,000 for energy audits and related expenses.
  • Septage Receiving Facilities: 20% principal forgiveness up to $200,000
  • Brown Grease Receiving Facilities: 50% principal forgiveness up to $300,000
  • Comprehensive Energy Audit Measure Implementation: 50% principal forgiveness up to $200,000 

NHDES is now accepting pre-applications for the Wastewater State Aid Grant (SAG) Program. SAG pre-applications may be submitted regardless of funding source (i.e., project does not have to be paid for with CWSRF funds). Please submit pre-applications for projects that will be completed by June 30, 2023.

Deadline for SAG pre-applications is Friday, June 14th

SAG Pre-application: https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/forms/wweb/documents/wastwater_preapp.doc



2018 loan applications are due June 30,  2019.  For projects that do not go forward by this date, be sure to submit new pre-applications so those projects can be considered for this year’s financial incentive package.


August 1st SRF Public Hearing – An annual public hearing on the 2019 Draft Intended Use Plan (IUP) and Project Priority List (PPL) for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and CWSRF programs and the Wastewater SAG priority list will be held at NHDES beginning at 9 a.m. The IUP and PPL describe how NHDES intends to use the available SRF funds. Please stay tuned for more information.

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Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series:

Smart Cities and Parks: Resilient Environmental Design and Infrastructure in Chelsea, MA

Wednesday, June 12th, 1-2:30 EST     To Register*  

This webinar will showcase the planning, design, and implementation of green and resilient infrastructure practices in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Chelsea is a dense, urban community with a socioeconomically and demographically diverse population. Chelsea’s unique coastal orientation and geography as a designated port area expose it to a disproportionate risk of environmental and public health impacts, compounded by a high concentration of critical regional and local industry. Current land use patterns coupled with large areas of impervious surfaces have yielded unique design challenges, particularly related to storm water management and heat reduction. Cognizant of these realities, the City of Chelsea is undertaking the planning, design, and construction necessary to increase resiliency and improve local environmental quality.

Planning and implementation strategies for open space, coastal infrastructure, and green infrastructure will be presented as well as the City’s effective and inclusive public engagement and collaborative processes, given its multiple, diverse partners who are frequently involved in these projects.


Alexander Train, AICP, Assistant Director, Planning and  Development Department, Chelsea, Massachusetts

Fidel Maltez, Commissioner, Department of Public Works, Chelsea, 

*Registration site-


For information on Soak Up the Rain and the webinar series-http://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain  


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Position Posting: Green Mountain Conservation Group


 Green Mountain Conservation Group (GMCG) is seeking a dynamic and affable individual with vision and excellent communications skills to lead us into a new phase of watershed conservation and advocacy as our next Executive Director. The successful candidate will have proven leadership, fundraising, and nonprofit management experience, as well as a strong passion for resource conservation on the watershed level. They will share our core values of respect, trust, communication, and non-confrontation.

 The Executive Director takes direction from the Board of Directors and is responsible for staff management, grant-writing, cultivating donors and volunteers, membership development, and policy development and implementation. GMCG has a 21-year history as the premier conservation and advocacy organization in the seven-town Ossipee Watershed of central New Hampshire. Enjoy our mountains, lakes and proximity to the seacoast. Get REAL with us through Research, Education, Advocacy, and Land Trusts. 

 Please send  a letter of interest, resume, and references to noreen@gmcg.org, or ED Search Task Force at GMCG, Attention: Noreen Downs, PO Box 95, Effingham, NH 03882. For the full job description, visit: http://www.gmcg.org/gmcg-open-position-announcement/


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Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series – May 14, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series:

Reaching Public Consensus: Stormwater Funding in Ashland, MA

Tuesday, May 14th, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM EST

Click Here to Register

This webinar will explore the town of Ashland’s three-year effort to adopt and implement a municipal stormwater enterprise fund. Ashland is located in the Metrowest region of Massachusetts with a population of more than 16,500 over 12.9 square miles. One of the greatest challenges for New England municipalities with a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4s) is reaching consensus on stormwater program funding to support implementation of permit requirements. During this webinar, three Ashland town officials will describe their experiences establishing a stormwater enterprise fund for their community. Presenters will discuss the drivers and key steps taken to establish a stormwater enterprise fund; the strategies employed and lessons learned while developing and implementing a stormwater funding program; and recommendations for program implementation and operation. The webinar will also explain the critical roles of stakeholder involvement, creative partnerships, and meaningful public outreach to generate support for funding solutions.


  • Maeghan Dos Anjos, Conservation Agent/Director, Town of Ashland, Massachusetts
  • Rob St. Germain, Chair, Stormwater Advisory Committee, Town of Ashland, Massachusetts
  • Evan White, Project Engineer, Department of Public Works, Town of Ashland, Massachusetts

Click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9071694805589877506

Who Should Attend:

Municipal decision makers/planners and Department of Public Works (DPW) staff, environmental organizations, practitioners, educators, and interested citizens – anyone who is considering a new project or looking to build on an existing program.

About the Webinar Series

The Soak up the Rain Webinar Series highlights innovative approaches to addressing stormwater in New England, presented by leaders from around the region.

  • Hear about stormwater public outreach resources and programs; 
  • See who’s soaking up the rain as we showcase green infrastructure projects and programs; 
  • Learn about the latest tools and resources from EPA and others for implementing and promoting green infrastructure; and
  • Engage with others as we share information about successes, barriers, and lessons learned while implementing green infrastructure in New England communities.

For more on EPA Soak up the Rain: http://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain

For more on Soak Up the Rain New Hampshire: https://www4.des.state.nh.us/SoakNH/

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Request for Qualifications: Dam Removal Feasibility Study

Request for Qualifications

Dam Removal Feasibility Study

Oyster River Dam at Mill Pond

Durham, New Hampshire

The Town of Durham, NH is soliciting letters of interest and qualification statements for engineering services for the Dam Removal Feasibility Study – Oyster River Dam at Mill Pond, in Durham, NH. Please submit qualification statements and backup information totaling no more than 15 sheets on or before 3:00 PM on Tuesday May 7, 2019. Please contact Durham Department of Public Works at (603) 868-5578 or email Town Engineer April Talon, P.E. at atalon@ci.durham.nh.us, for more information.

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Invitation to 2019 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference

Register Now!


Clean 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. This conference has become the largest drinking water “source protection” event in New England and is the only statewide event focused solely on how to protect local sources of drinking water.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) will hold its 2019 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference on Thursday, May 16, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. This year’s conference will feature presentations on:

  • The statewide private well sampling initiative
  • Long-term water source planning
  • Updates to NH’s drinking water source protection strategy
  • Drinking water source protection priorities at the national, regional, and state level
  • Projects related to lake management, land conservation, and public health

….and many more interesting source protection topics!

The conference fee is $65 and includes lunch and refreshments.  Qualifies for 5.0 Technical Credit Hours toward the NH Water Works Operator Certification Program.

REGISTER at the American Ground Water Trust website: https://agwt.org/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D286%26reset%3D1

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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