Here is your chance to support seacoast-area artists while protecting seacoast water resources.

Do you want to support Seacoast-area artists who are turning art into action? Visit https://www.accelevents.com/e/CLFGreatBayAuction  to bid on 20 spectacular views of the rivers, bays and coast of the Seacoast region, and help support CLF’s Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper Program to protect the watery places that make the Seacoast region such a spectacular place to live, work and play.

Twenty-two of the New Hampshire Seacoast region’s best-known artists are again “turning art into action” by offering views of quiet marshes, pounding surf, pond lilies, preening swans and many other coastal scenes.

Closing Sunday, July 26, art lovers can bid online for the paintings and support the Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper Program, the region’s only advocacy program devoted to restoring the health of the Seacoast’s rivers, bays and coast.

After two successful years as a live auction event celebrating the beauty, tastes and talents of the Seacoast, the Great Bay Plein Air Art Auction moved online this year. Visit www.accelevents.com/e/CLFGreatBayAuction#ArtAuction to see the art and support the waterkeeper program, an initiative of the Conservation Law Foundation.

Learn more here:

www.seacoastonline.com
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Free Stormwater Focused Webinars Every Friday

Team EJP is currently offering FREE online learning opportunities to all industry professionals in the fields of Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Erosion Control, Stormwater Management and many more.

Please join them and other industry leaders, every Friday at 12:00 Noon for a series of webinars that touch upon various topics within our growing area of expertise.

Most Webinars are accompanied by PDH certificates and or credits.

Times, Dates and Topics Listed & More to Come:

  • ​July 24, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT – Industrial Stormwater Management​
  • ​July 31, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT – Rebuilding Beaches with Wave Attenuation
  • ​​August 7, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT – Slope & Drainage Swale Protection Toolbox

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Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series:

Porous in Provincetown: How Green Infrastructure Revitalized Commercial Street

Tuesday, July 28th, 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

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Coastal cities face unique challenges balancing water quality and ecosystem health with economic development and tourism. Dense development and large amounts of impervious areas in Provincetown Harbor historically resulted in significant stormwater runoff reaching the harbor waters, adversely impacting shell fishing and water quality. Like many Cape Cod communities, Provincetown, Massachusetts creatively transformed these water quality concerns into an opportunity for downtown revitalization, supporting both community and ecosystem health.

This webinar will showcase an innovative green infrastructure project that addressed local water quality issues by installing porous pavement on Provincetown’s Commercial Street, a popular tourist destination and cultural hub. Between 2012 and 2019, Provincetown installed over 2 miles of porous pavement and other green infrastructure best practices. This effort has resulted in a cleaner and healthier Provincetown Harbor, allowing tourism and the shellfish industry to thrive. The Harbor has reduced beach closings by nearly 90%, and is expected to meet all its designated uses by 2020. The webinar will highlight the city’s planning and implementation process as well as measurable results and lessons learned for effective stormwater management through green infrastructure.

Presenters:

  • Russ Kleekamp, GHD
  • Rob Roseen, Waterstone Engineering

For more information, please see EPA’s Nonpoint Source Success Story: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-12/documents/ma_provincetown_508.pdf

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Tune in for the “Working for Clean & Healthy Lakes” Webinar Series

The NH LAKES Team invites you to tune into the “Working for Clean & Healthy Lakes” webinar series on Wednesday evenings in July!

New Hampshire is home to nearly 1,000 lakes and ponds. While our state boasts some of the cleanest and healthiest lakes in the country, they face many threats. Tune in to this weekly, four part series which kicks off on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:00 p.m. and hear how biologists, nonprofit organizations, and volunteers are working together to monitor our lakes and keep them clean and healthy—and learn how you can help! Topics will include cyanobacteria, invasive species, water quality trends, and loons.

These webinars are FREE, but pre-registration is required and space is limited.

For more information and to register: nhlakes.org/healthy-lakes-webinars

Please share this invitation with others who may want to tune in, too!

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Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series:

Redefining Urban Space: Site Remediation and Green Infrastructure on Contaminated Properties in Lawrence, MA

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020, 1-2:30 EST.

To Register-https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7529923326995734797

This webinar will showcase the planning, design, and implementation of green infrastructure practices at the Ferrous Site in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Integrating sustainable green infrastructure practices as part of Brownfields cleanup and site remediation practices can be a challenging endeavor.

The Ferrous Site Project is the result of an innovative partnership between the City of Lawrence, Groundwork Lawrence, and Lawrence CommunityWorks to create a park and affordable housing on a former brownfield. The partners have leveraged EPA Brownfields funding to bring a defunct industrial site back to life. In 2014, Groundwork Lawrence acquired three acres of the site and created a park that prioritizes restoring ecological function and creating green infrastructure to support future redevelopment projects. Lawrence CommunityWorks recently acquired the remaining 4 acres to create additional parkland and 80 units of affordable housing.

Planning and implementation strategies for site reuse and remediation, green infrastructure, and climate adaptation will be presented as well as the City’s efforts towards advancing inclusive public engagement and collaborative processes, given its multiple, diverse partners who are frequently involved in these projects.

Presenters:

Brad Buschur, Project Director, Groundwork Lawrence

Spencer Buchholz, Project Manager, Lawrence CommunityWorks

Brian Pena, Director of Public Works, City of Lawrence

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2021 Watershed Assistance Grants Available

The Watershed Assistance Section is proud to announce funding opportunities for Water Quality Implementation and Planning Grants.

Link to Website: https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/was/categories/grants.htm

Watershed Assistance Grants Request for Pre-proposals

NHDES’ Watershed Assistance Section has released the 2021 Watershed Assistance Grants’ Pre-proposal RFP to support local initiatives to restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters. Pre-proposals are due September 18, 2020.

For more information contact:

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 2021 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 18, 2020.

For more information contact: Katherine Zink at katherine.zink@des.nh.gov

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Grants Available to Protect Water Supply Land

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission is targeting up to $2 million from the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund for grants to protect public water supply sources in 2020. The grant application process, administered by the Commission through the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), begins with brief eligibility applications due on June 26. Projects eligible for funding under the program involve permanent protection of land from which water flows to public water supply sources – specifically wellhead protection areas and land designated as “hydrologic areas of concern” within water supply watersheds. Projects that involve the protection of land for future water supply sources will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. After NHDES reviews the eligibility applications, applicants will be asked to submit a more extensive funding application by September 10. The Trust Fund can cover up to 50 percent of eligible costs, up to $500,000 per project.

Since its first grant round in 2018 the Commission has provided $3.56 million to protect 5,429 acres of water supply land and $112 million in loans and grants for water quality projects, mainly water supply infrastructure.

More information is available at https://www4.des.state.nh.us/nh-dwg-trust/?page_id=98 or contact Sandy Crystall at WSLP@des.nh.gov or (603) 271- 2862.

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Lake-Friendly Living Webinar

On Thurs., June 11, at 7:00 p.m., if you maintain a gravel road or driveway, be sure to tune in to the “Lake-Friendly Living with Gravel Roads & Driveways” session presented by Russ Lanoie. Recognized as one of the most foremost authorities on camp road maintenance, Russ will discuss the do’s and don’ts of lake-friendly living with unpaved roads and driveways. Russ has published an owner’s manual for those who live and travel on dirt and gravel roads.

The webinars in this series are free, but pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Visit nhlakes.org/lake-friendly-living-webinar-series to learn more about this webinar and others and to sign up!

Established in 1992, the mission of NH LAKES, a statewide, member supported nonprofit organization, is to ensure that New Hampshire’s 1,000 lakes are clean and healthy, now and in the future. To achieve its mission, NH LAKES works with partners, promotes clean water policies and responsible use, and inspires the public to care for our lakes. For more information, visit nhlakes.org, email info@nhlakes.org, or call 603-226-0299.

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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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