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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

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DATE: November 12, 2009
Laura Weit, (603) 271-8811
Elizabeth Schilling, (202) 207-3355 x 141

Former Maryland Governor, Smart Growth Pioneer, to Speak at Watershed Conference

Concord, NH – Former Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening (1995-2003), a nationally recognized leader on smart growth issues, will be a featured speaker at the 2009 New Hampshire Joint Water and Watershed Conference. Governor Glendening will kick off the second day of the conference (November 21st at 9:00 a.m.) by describing how New Hampshire communities can use urban design to protect water quality while accommodating new growth and development.

As Governor of Maryland, Mr. Glendening introduced the Smart Growth and Neighborhood Preservation Act, an innovative series of state funding reforms and incentives designed to focus growth and economic development in existing communities while protecting precious open space and working lands.

“I really came to this issue from an environmental standpoint, trying to protect the Chesapeake Bay, which is an important piece Maryland’s history and identity,” explains Glendening. “Economic development was not my first concern, but as we went on, it became clear that economic development and the right kinds of growth were the keys to protecting water quality.”

Governor Glendening now serves as president of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, a non-profit located in Washington, DC. In that capacity he works with local and state government executives to develop innovative and effective approaches to growth and development that protect the environment, ensure economic prosperity and create healthier places to live.

The 2009 New Hampshire Joint Water and Watershed Conference – Focusing on Water Resources: 2020 Vision, will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 20th and 21st, 2009 from 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Grappone Conference Center located at 70 Constitutional Avenue in Concord, NH. To find out more and to register for the conference, please visit

If you would like more information or have any questions regarding the conference, please call Josh Cline, Executive Director of NH Rivers Council at (603) 228-6472 or email at, or you can call Laura Weit, Acting Rivers Coordinator at DES at (603) 271-8811 or email her at

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