2011 Clean Water Projects get off the Ground
$536,000 awarded to eight projects; Brentwood, Cocheco River Watershed, Dover, Green Mountain Conservation Group, Hodgson Brook, Lakes Region Planning Commission, The New Hampshire Rivers Council and Wolfeboro
Concord, NH – Cities, towns and volunteer organizations across the state are making progress toward protecting and restoring New Hampshire waterbodies with assistance from the Department of Environmental Services (DES) watershed assistance and restoration grants program. Eight projects were awarded a total of $536,000 in grant funds to protect or restore local water resources.
Four of the projects will help restore polluted (impaired) rivers and brooks located in urban areas.
- The City of Dover will be installing stormwater controls to reduce stormwater runoff which carries pollutants to Barry Brook, eventually draining into the Cocheco River.
- In a separate project, the Cocheco River Watershed Coalition will be installing several designs at three locations in Rochester to capture and treat polluted stormwater prior to it reaching the river. These projects will be located at the City Hall/Opera House parking lot; the Congress Street and Charles Street parking lot; and, a small house lot on Silver Street.
- Also on the seacoast, funding is being provided to implement another phase of the Watershed Restoration Plan for Hodgson Brook. This year’s project will infiltrate stormwater through bioretention areas, tree box filters and rain gardens. In addition a road salt survey and inventory of good development practices will be conducted at Pease Tradeport to provide critical information for determining future stormwater reduction activities at the Tradeport.
- The New Hampshire Rivers Council will tackle the polluted water in Manchester’s McQuesten Brook where Eastern Brook Trout have recently been documented. A grant will fund a study to perform stormwater drainage and geomorphic analyses; determine areas susceptible to erosion; identify future project areas; and develop a restoration plan for the watershed.
In addition to the above restoration efforts, four grants will support efforts to protect higher quality waterbodies in the state.
- The town of Brentwood will reduce erosion along Rowell Road.
- The Lakes Region Planning Commission is continuing its efforts in developing a public web-based watershed management plan for Lake Winnipesaukee by adding the Center Harbor Bay subwatershed.
- The Town of Wolfeboro will be using grant funds to develop a watershed management plan for Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake.
- Finally, the Green Mountain Conservation Group will begin watershed management planning to identify the best options to protect Ossipee Lake from potential pollution threats.
Each year the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides DES with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds to both restore and protect New Hampshire’s water resources that are impacted by polluted runoff. For further information regarding the Watershed Assistance and Restoration Grants program please see our webpage des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/was/categories/grants.htm or contact Jeff Marcoux at (603) 271-8862.
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