Watershed Watch: November 2013

Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports. If you have, or know of a report you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream, please contact us and we will be happy to include it.

The Adaptation Toolkit for NH Communities

By: NH Dept. of Environmental Services
By preparing for climate change early, communities can avoid significant costs, whether economic, social or ecological. In an effort to plan for future events and develop strategies for adapting to our changing climate, communities are incorporating climate change into their existing planning efforts. A Workgroup of the NH Energy & Climate Collaborative has developed this Adaptation Toolkit that provides communities with a path to take in planning for future extreme weather events.
Visit the website

Green Grass & Clean Water

By: NH Sea Grant
UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Sea Grant have a new information sheet that gives the low-down on environmentally friendly lawn care recommendations for northern New England. The info in this sheet is based on sound turf and water quality science and it’s full of easy-to-do things you can do to help the waters that surround you and your home. It’s going to take all of us making simple changes to our behavior in order to reverse the pollution in our waters and this brochure can help you get started!

View the brochure HERE

Check out the NEW Sustainable Landscapes & Turf website HERE
Read the full background report HERE

Want more brochures to distribute to your neighbors, board members & friends? Contact Julia Peterson.

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 sbrabble@sheehan.com

CLICK HERE for the charge questions & documents 

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.