Jody Connor Memorial Fund Volunteer Monitoring Equipment Grant

We are happy to announce that several small grants are available through the Jody Connor Memorial Fund to assist monitoring groups with the purchase of lake sampling equipment.  The number of grants are limited, and in the range of $500.  Additional information on the Jody Connor Memorial Fund Grants, the Grant Application and Equipment Information can be found at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/vlap/jc-funds-grant.htm  Or, visit the main VLAP website and look under Hot Topics and Grants/Loans.  The application deadline is March 31, 2014.

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Economic Impact of Recreational Boating in New Hampshire

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has released new state by state fact sheets on the economic impact of recreational boating in New Hampshire.  Click on the  New Hampshire’s link at http://www.nmma.org/statistics/centerofknowledge/researchlibrary.aspx

New Hampshire’s total annual economic impact is estimated at $760.7 million compared with $844.0 million in Maine and $287.4 million in Vermont.

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2014 Watershed Assistance Grants Pre-Proposals

N.H. DES Watershed Assistance Section is now requesting

Pre-proposals

for 2014 Watershed Assistance Grants to support local initiatives

to restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters.

- available now on the -

WEB

http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/was/categories/grants.htm#warg

 Or try the shorter url at: http://tinyurl.com/DESGrants

     The DEADLINE for pre-proposals is August 9, 2013.

    Applicants must submit a pre-proposal to be considered for funding.

 The pre-proposals will be used to select projects for further discussion and possible funding.

 If you are thinking about submitting a pre-proposal or have questions, please contact:

Jeff Marcoux  (603)271-8862 jeffrey.marcoux@des.nh.gov,

Eric Williams (603)271-2358 eric.willliams@des.nh.gov

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Scotts Drops Phosphorus From Lawn Fertilizer

Scotts Miracle-Gro has eliminated phosphorus from its Turfbuilder brand fertilizers.  The phosphorus free fertilizers should be available in most stores for purchase.  This is great news for lake and stream front property owners as well as all watershed residents.

Also read about it here http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2013/05/10/scotts-drops-phosphorus-from-lawn-fertilizer.html

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2013 VLAP Workshop

When: Saturday, June 1, 2013

Where: DES Offices, 29 Hazen Dr., Concord, NH

Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm

 Don’t miss the VLAP Annual Refresher Workshop! Join fellow volunteers and lake enthusiasts to learn about the Acton Wakefield Watershed Alliance’s Youth Conservation Corps stormwater management projects and stormwater management for roads, identify aquatic exotic plants, and refresh your VLAP sampling skills. Honor your fellow volunteers and see who takes home the Volunteer Limnologist and Secchi Disk Awards.

For more information and to register visit http://www.des.state.nh.us/organization/divisions/water/wmb/vlap/categories/training.htm

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2012 VLAP Reports Available On-line

The 2012 Regional Reports and Individual Lake Reports are now available on the VLAP website at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/vlap/annual_reports/2012/index.htm

To find your lake, click on Individual Lake Report and locate your lake name under the appropriate regional heading.

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Article on Citizen Science

Recommended article Why I Count Glass Eels in the New York Times by Akiko Busch, author of “The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/sunday-review/why-a-citizen-scientist-counts-glass-eels.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1

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Grant Funding Available to Protect Drinking Water Supply Lands in the Southern I-93 Corridor and Lake Massabesic Watershed

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) announced today that just over $2.2 million is available this spring for grants to protect drinking water supply lands in the southern I-93 corridor communities of Salem, Windham, Derry, Londonderry and Manchester and in the Lake Massabesic Watershed, which includes portions of Auburn, Hooksett, Candia and Chester.

The money comes from a fund established to offset impacts to wetlands and streams associated with the widening of Interstate 93 between the Massachusetts border in Salem and the I-93/I-293 interchange in Manchester. Through an agreement with the NH Department of Transportation, this grant money is administered by NHDES’s Water Supply Land Protection Grant Program.

In this program, municipalities and non-profit land trusts may apply for grants to cover up to 25 percent of the value of land or conservation easements critical to the quality of public drinking water supplies.

Eligibility applications are due May 31, 2013. NHDES will notify eligible applicants by July 1, 2013 and final applications will be due August 15, 2013. Grants will be awarded based on priority ranking and availability of funding.

More information on these grants, including a map of the eligible land, and copies of application forms are available on-line at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/dwspp/land_acqui/index.htm or by contacting Holly Green at (603) 271-3114 or holly.green@des.nh.gov.

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EPA Releases New Fact on Healthy Watersheds

EPA has released a new fact sheet as part of its Healthy Watersheds initiative describing the economic benefits of protecting healthy watersheds by highlighting examples from existing peer-reviewed literature and studies. EPA’s Healthy Watersheds Initiative is intended to protect the Nation’s remaining healthy watersheds, prevent them from becoming impaired, and accelerate restoration successes. It encourages interested states to take a strategic, systems approach to protecting healthy watersheds that recognizes the dynamic and interconnected nature of aquatic ecosystems.

The fact sheet describes studies that demonstrate protecting healthy watersheds can reduce capital costs for water treatment plants and reduce damages to property and infrastructure due to flooding, thereby avoiding future costs. Additionally, examples in the fact sheet show that protecting healthy watersheds can generate revenue through property value premiums, recreation, and tourism. This fact sheet directs readers to important resources to learn more about the substantial efforts to monetize ecosystem services from across the country. This fact sheet is also a resource for those doing outreach to promote the protection of healthy watersheds. The fact sheet is available at: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/watershed/upload/economic_benefits_factsheet2.pdf

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Free Water Quality Protection Workshops

NHACD – Merrimack River Outreach Events

Your Land, Clean Water, Your Legacy

(Contoocook River Watershed & Upper Merrimack River Watershed)

 Due to the findings in the USDA Private Forests, Public Benefits report, the Contoocook and Merrimack river watersheds are ranked #2 and #4 nationwide to experience the most change in water quality as a result of increases in housing density on private forestlands. Come find out what you can do and how you can help prevent this from happening.

May 23, 2012, 6-8PM
Pat’s Peak, Henniker, NH

FREE, pre-registration required

(Register by June 8, 2012 to enjoy refreshments)

June 21, 2012, 6-8PM
Jellystone Park, New Hampton, NH
 FREE, pre-registration required (Register by May 16, 2012 to enjoy refreshments)

 To register, contact Kerry Rickrode at (603) 673- 2409 Ext. 100,  kerry.rickrode@nh.nacdnet.net or www.hillsboroughccd.com

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