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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

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DATE: September 13, 2010
Sally Soule, Watershed Management Bureau, (603) 559-0032
Lorie Chase, Cocheco River Watershed Coalition Coordinator, (603) 516-8113

Stormwater Retrofit Open House at School Street School, Rochester on September 15, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Rochester, NH – The media and the community are invited to tour on-the ground stormwater pollution prevention practices at an open house at the School Street School in Rochester on September 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The school’s stormwater retrofits include two rain gardens, pervious asphalt on the basketball court, a pervious concrete sidewalk and more. These recently completed installations reduce and treat runoff from the school’s roof, parking lot and other paved surfaces, which in turn will reduce stromwater pollution entering Willow Brook, a tributary of the Cocheco River.

Open House details:
What: Stormwater retrofit open house at elementary school
Where: School Street School, 13 School Street, Rochester, N.H.
When: Wednesday, September 15, 2010; 5-6 pm

The project began as the vision of a team of resource professionals who wanted to work in a community setting to use stormwater pollution reduction techniques. At completion the project has expanded with the enthusiastic participation of city work crews, volunteers, school staff and students, and local businesses.

Project partners include the Cocheco River Watershed Coalition, University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center, the city of Rochester, and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services--Watershed Assistance Section.

Funding for this project was provided in part by a Watershed Assistance Grant from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on the open house, please contact Lorie Chase, Cocheco River Watershed Coalition Coordinator at (603) 516-8113 or

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