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OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Peer Review of the 2009 Great Bay Nitrogen Criteria
The cities of Dover, Portsmouth and Rochester and the NH Department of Environmental Services are seeking public comment on a peer review of the 2009 document entitled “Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Great Bay Esutary”.
In June 2009, the DES, which is responsible for setting water quality standards, produced a document entitled “Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Great Bay Estuary.” This document, referred to as the “2009 Criteria,” interprets the nitrogen water quality criteria for the Estuary.
In April of 2013, the Cities and DES reached an agreement to conduct a peer review of the 2009 Criteria and have now engaged a panel of experts with a diversity of expertise to perform this work. A set of charge questions has been developed for the reviewers and key documents have been provided.
The Cities and DES now seek public input to assist the reviewers in responding to the charge questions. This peer review will be aided by local knowledge and scientific information, expertise and data related to the role of nitrogen in estuarine processes in the Great Bay Estuary. Relevant comments will be forwarded to the peer reviewers (though they are not obligated to respond specifically to those comments).
All public comments must be in writing and received by 5 PM onNovember 25. Submit comments to the peer review clerk: Sally Brabble, c/o Sheehen, Phinney, Bass and Green, 1000 Elm Street, 17th Floor, Manchester, NH 03101 or or email email@example.com