12/02/2013 - 10:59
Several former members of the N.H. Water Sustainability Commission have obtained a planning grant to take the first step in following up on the Commission’s work. Please see the RFP for further details.
11/13/2013 - 10:58
Concord, NH - As a result of recent legislation, a voluntary salt applicator certification is available for commercial salt applicators that have completed the UNH Technology Transfer Center’s Green SnowPro training program. The training focuses on how salt works and how to apply salt in the most efficient manner.
The goal of the program is to maintain safe parking lot and driveway surfaces using the least amount of salt.
Under the new law, commercial salt applicators using best management practices and keeping proper records - or property owners who hire them - are not liable for damages arising from snow or ice.
As of 2012, 40 water bodies in New Hampshire are impaired for chloride due to road salt application. In several watersheds analyzed in the southern I-93 corridor and in the seacoast region, more than 50% of the salt load comes from private roads and parking lots. The other major sources are state and local roads and highways.
For more information about voluntary salt applicator certification, including an application form, please visit www.des.nh.gov and see "Salt Reduction Initiative" under the A-Z list.
25th Annual Northeastern Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference in Newport, Rhode Island on April 29 & 30, 201410/28/2013 - 10:56
NEIWPCC and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are pleased to announce the dates and location of the 25th Annual Northeastern Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference:
The conference will take place at the Newport Harbor Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island on April 29 & 30, 2014.
For more information and to see presentations from previous years, please visit us on the web at http://www.neiwpcc.org/npsconference.
10/08/2013 - 15:23
The NH WRRC is now accepting applications for water resource-related projects for FY2014 (March 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015). Please see the 2014 NH WRRC announcement and the 2013 USGS RFP for further details. The final 2014 USGS RFP should be released sometime in October or November, but please use the 2013 USGS RFP as a guide in the interim. Propsoals to the NH WRRC must be submitted online at http://www.niwr.net no later than Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Please be aware that funding for 2014 projects is depended upon federal funding which is not yet appropriated.
04/22/2013 - 11:53
PEMBROKE, N.H. -- A new flood preparedness tool that will help emergency managers improve flood warnings and response is now available for a 16.5-mile reach of the Suncook River in southeastern New Hampshire that has frequently flooded adjacent homes.
The new web-based tool, developed by U.S. Geological Survey scientists, shows flood inundation maps to identify where the potential threat of floodwaters is greatest. The maps show the land areas and features that would likely be submerged and the expected depth of the floodwaters when a streamflow gauge upstream rises. The maps are part of a national USGS effort to help emergency managers quickly assess evacuation routes, determine when and how to evacuate residents threatened as floodwaters rise, and better focus flood response and recovery efforts.
"Floods are the most expensive natural disaster that we face in the U.S., affecting all 50 states and costing more than $2.7 billion dollars annually averaged over the past 10 years according to government estimates," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. "Investing in science-based preparedness tools like the online flood inundation maps is a smart way to help everyone know the quick decisions to make to spare lives and property."
The USGS is partnering with the National Weather Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA to develop comparable flood inundation maps in locations across the country identified to be at high risk for flooding.
The USGS completed the Suncook River maps in partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The maps extend from the USGS streamgage at Depot Road in North Chichester to the Merrimack River. They include portions of the towns of Chichester, Epsom, Allenstown, and Pembroke and the community of Suncook. The maps show the extent and depth of flooding expected in these towns, for 10 river levels, starting when the North Chichester gauge reaches seven feet, up to a crest of 18 feet. Flood stage is at seven feet.
"I see these maps as a great new tool for local and state emergency personnel, residents, and landowners to prepare for, and respond to flooding," said Christopher Pope, Director of the NH Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The North Chichester streamgage is also a National Weather Service flood forecast gauge. The NWS combines the current stage with its precipitation forecasts to predict the Suncook River’s crest at this location. Based on these predictions, anyone can use the new flood inundation maps to estimate areas along the Suncook River that would be flooded.
"A number of recent studies of the Suncook River since the flooding of 2006 and 2007 made the flood inundation mapping possible," said Robert Flynn, USGS hydrologist and author of the maps.
The area of the Suncook River shown on the maps has flooded many times, most notably in 2006, 2007, and 2010. On May 15, 2006, the flooded river changed course, forming a new river channel through a sand and gravel pit, shortening the river’s length, and increasing the potential flood hazards to communities downstream.
"This shortening of the river means that there is a greater potential for flooding to adjacent communities because of faster river flows in the vicinity of the sand pit, greater erosion of the river banks and stream channel, and piling up of sediment downstream," said Flynn.
The flood inundation map web-based tool can be found online. The Suncook River inundation report, which contains links to current USGS stream-stage data and forecasted stream-stage data from the NWS, is available online. NWS forecasted flood levels for the Suncook River are available online.
The Flood Inundation Map is one of a series of flood preparedness tools that the USGS has developed to help emergency and resource managers and the public prepare for potential flooding and track water levels as they rise. The map is based on data from the USGS's nationwide streamgage network that monitors the water level and flow of the nation's rivers and streams.
WaterAlert and StreaMail are two other online resources that provide residents with timely information about river conditions at important locations. Subscribers have a number of options to choose from on how to get the information, and can have emails or texts sent to them automatically whenever a critical threshold is reached. With these tools, emergency managers, resource managers and the public can stay informed and help keep themselves or others out of harm's way by keeping up to date of local conditions.
04/22/2013 - 11:42
The report and data are posted online.
PEMBROKE, N.H. –Nearly 40 percent of New Hampshire's bedrock groundwater likely contains at least low levels of naturally occurring arsenic, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.
Groundwater supplies likely to have high arsenic levels can be found in scattered locations throughout the state, but are more frequent in densely populated Merrimack, Rockingham, Stafford, and Hillsborough counties in the southeast, the findings and accompanying maps show.
"Arsenic is naturally occurring in the bedrock of New Hampshire, and under certain conditions more or less of it will leach from the rocks into the groundwater that people drink, making it a human health hazard if left untreated," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. "The contribution from this new study is that it alerts people across the state who may not previously have thought that they were at any risk that it would be wise to get their water tested."
Arsenic levels are largely controlled by bedrock type and by fractures, but are associated with other factors including groundwater chemistry, hydrology, topography, land use and demographics, according to the study done in cooperation with the New Hampshire Departments of Health and Human Services, and Environmental Services.
"We knew from previous studies that arsenic is a regional problem in New Hampshire, but we were surprised that low arsenic levels are widespread across the state," said USGS scientist Joe Ayotte, who led the study. Previous USGS studies have shown private groundwater wells in New Hampshire may have arsenic at concentrations close to or above health-based safety standards for public water supplies.
"Arsenic in ground water used for private or a public water supply is a public health concern in New Hampshire," said the state’s public health director, Dr. Jose Montero. "To protect families, the State of New Hampshire recommends that private well owners test their drinking water for arsenic every three-to-five years."
Arsenic in drinking water has been linked to several types of cancer, reproductive problems, diabetes, a weakened immune system, and developmental delays in children. Arsenic can be reduced or eliminated in tap water through treatment. Private well owners can find information on well testing and treatment online.
"The geology and fractures in New Hampshire's bedrock are complex, so homeowners should not rely on the results from neighboring wells to determine if their own well water is safe," Ayotte explained. "The data are intended to inform public health research and decision makers, and may be useful to medical practitioners where patients rely on private wells for drinking water."
"This mapping project is intended to help planners and health officials understand the widespread nature of certain contaminants in New Hampshire's drinking water," said Matthew Cahillane, Program Manager of the New Hampshire Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. "It provides a very useful picture of where arsenic levels might be higher or lower in groundwater. We hope the results also encourage all well owners to test their individual water supplies."
The information will become part of the collection of data assembled and housed by the Public Health Tracking Program, which was initiated and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Private wells supply drinking water for about 40 percent of the population of northern New England and bedrock aquifer wells – often known as rock, deep, or artesian wells – are the most common type of well installed for homes in the state. Bedrock groundwater is the main source for the region's drinking water supplies.
Health Information Summaries on arsenic can be found online:
Discovering Species - Just a Click Away The USGS makes finding the locations (and more) of U.S. species a lot easier with the new digital resource - BISON04/22/2013 - 08:40
Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation or BISON is the only system of its kind; a unique, web-based Federal resource for finding species in the U. S. and territories. Its size is unprecedented, offering more than 100 million mapped records of nearly every living species nationwide and growing. And the vast majority of the records are specific locations, not just county or state records.
What’s more, BISON provides an "Area of Interest" search capability in which users can query by drawing the exact boundary around their area of interest, down to and including towns, villages, or even much smaller areas such as parks. For instance, New York City's Central Park has more than 100,000 "species occurrences" recorded in BISON, with each species noted in detail. Other BISON search options include querying the species by scientific or common name, year range, state, county, basis of record, or provider institution.
As for the results, BISON displays them in both an interactive map and a list format. Users can click on each species occurrence point to retrieve more information, such as the institution providing the data, the collector, the date collected, and whether it was from a collection or an observation. Further, occurrences can be dynamically visualized with more than 50 other layers of environmental information in the system. Extensive web services are also available for direct connections to other systems.
"The USGS is proud to announce this monumental resource", said Kevin Gallagher, Associate Director, Core Science Systems," and this is a testament to the power of combining the efforts of hundreds of thousands of professional and citizen scientists into a resource that uses Big Data and Open Data principles to deliver biodiversity information for sustaining the Nation's environmental capital".
"BISON is destined to become an indispensable toolkit to manage species occurrence data to support scientific, educational, and policy-making activities in the US", Dr. Erick Mata, Executive Director of the Encyclopedia of Life explained. "This is highly complementary and synergistic with EOL's efforts to raise awareness and understanding of living nature."
"With BISON, the USGS takes a big step toward making biodiversity data held within Federal agencies easier to find and use", added Mary Klein, President & CEO of NatureServe. "I am enthusiastic about future opportunities to work with USGS to increase collaboration among Federal, state and private data holders."
USGS Core Science Systems Mission Area, which developed the resource, expects that BISON users will be broad-based and include land managers, researchers, refuge managers, citizen scientists, agriculture professionals, fisheries managers, water resource managers, educators, and more.
Land managers, for instance, might be looking for a piece of land to purchase for conservation—but first they want to know what species have been documented for that parcel. BISON will tell them after only a few mouse clicks.
BISON serves as the U.S. Node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and will form an integral part of EcoINFORMA, the information delivery strategy in "Sustaining Environmental Capital: Protecting Society and the Economy," a recent report by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
"BISON responds directly to a key need PCAST pointed out in 'Sustaining Environmental Capital' - to make Federal environmental data available, inter-operable, and usable to the public," said PCAST member Rosina Bierbaum, "We look forward to this 'biodiversity' hub being supplemented by complementary ecological data hubs by other Federal partners, to further the goal of helping communities across the Nation make increasingly wise planning and management decisions."
BISON already includes millions of points from the Federal investment in biodiversity research. It is formally cooperating with other Federal agencies to greatly expand the delivery of federally funded biodiversity data for the greatest possible good. Hundreds of thousands of citizen and professional scientists have collected the data in BISON. Non-governmental organizations, state and local governments, universities, and many others are also participating in this enormous undertaking.
The USGS has built and maintains BISON, which is hosted on the massive Federal computing infrastructure at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
To learn more, visit: http://bison.usgs.ornl.gov or contact the USGS BISON Team at BISON@usgs.gov.
The USGS Core Science Analytics and Synthesis program within Core Science Systems is home to BISON and focuses on innovative ways to manage and deliver scientific data and information. The program implements and promotes standards and best practices to enable efficient, data-driven science for decision-making that supports a rapid response to emerging natural resource issues. One of the ways this is accomplished is by developing national data products that increase our understanding of the Earth’s natural systems.
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12/17/2012 - 10:28
The Annual Lamprey River Symposium is dedicated to exchanging the results of recent research on the water quality, hydrology, water resources issues, and management of the Lamprey River watershed. The Symposium is a vehicle for researchers to share data and insights with other researchers, as well as those in the management and policy arena who would benefit from exposure to the latest research on the watershed. Register by January 7, 2013 at: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=11397.
The USGS in cooperation with the NIWR requests proposals for matching grants for the FY2013 Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program12/03/2012 - 11:05
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants for the FY2013 Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program authorized by section 104G of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984. Research proposals should address topics that improve and enhance the nation’s water supply. Please see the attached announcement below and the link to the RFP (https://niwr.net/competitive_grants/RFP) for further details. Proposals are due at https://niwr.net/ by 4:00 PM, Eastern Time, Thursday, February 21, 2013. Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply. Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources. The Government's obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.
If you plan to submit a proposal, please send a courtesy email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your intent to submit so we will be prepared to work with you to approve and submit your proposal by March 7, 2013.
11/07/2012 - 10:44
International Conference on Stormwater and Urban Water Systems Modeling
February 21-22, 2013, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The annual International Conference on Stormwater and Urban Water Systems Modeling is a forum for engineers, scientists, modelers and administrators involved in water pollution control and water systems design and analysis. Professionals from across North America and overseas exchange ideas and experience on current practices and emerging technologies, and the conference is designed for all who have a direct stake in stormwater management, non-point source pollution, or the modeling of urban water systems. Presentations are of a high standard, attendance is large and discussion is lively.
For more information and to submit abstracts (due by February 1, 2013) visit www.chi-conference.com
Contact: Bill James
Tel: (519) 767-0197
The New Hampshire Water Resource Research Center (NH WRRC) is accepting applications for the FY 2013 State Water Resources Research Institute Program grant (Section 104 of the Water Resources Act).10/01/2012 - 12:20
The NH WRRC invites proposals from researchers at any college or university in New Hampshire for consideration in the Center's FY 2013 research program. The proposed research must be directed at research priorities of New Hampshire, New England, or the northeastern United States. To be considered for funding, proposals must be must submitted online at www.niwr.net no later than Friday, November 2, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Please see the 2013 NH WRRC announcement and the 2013 USGS RFP for further details.
05/01/2012 - 12:07
Dr. Erika Washburn produced GIS maps for each of the 14 towns in the Lamprey Watershed and these maps are now available on the NH Sea Grand website. These copyrighted maps originated from her dissertation work from 2006-2009 in the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science Program (NRESS) at UNH. Her dissertation work was funded through UNH and a NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve Social Science Fellowship and included significant outreach and participatory research with the communities in the watershed as well as collaborations with the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR), N.H. Sea Grant (NHSG) and other organizations.
- NH WRRC
- Water Quality Analysis Lab
- Lamprey River Hydrologic Observatory
- Other Research