Working Together to Mend Our Watershed
New Hampshire’s coastal water resources have significant ecological, commercial, cultural, and recreational values for the state and its citizens, but the coastal waters are showing signs of pollution and environmental decline. Recognizing that the problems originate both near the coast and from the larger watershed well inland, the New Hampshire Legislature enacted Chapter 485-E in 2009 to create the Southeast Watershed Alliance. The main goal was to provide a framework for communities and other entities in the watershed area to work together to protect and restore the shared water resources.
The Southeast Watershed Alliance (the Alliance or SWA) encompasses all forty-two New Hampshire communities in the New Hampshire coastal watershed. The Alliance is committed to improving the waters through municipal, inter-municipal and regional planning and collaboration, watershed studies, education, and project implementation. The Alliance is a means for communities to address water pollution, water supply, wastewater and stormwater management, septic systems, land use, and conservation.
Every town in the watershed has the right to appoint a representative to the Alliance. Quarterly meetings offer opportunities to learn about community technical assistance and project funding as well as participating in initiatives that will help towns comply with regulations to reduce stormwater and non-point source pollution.
|News & Events|
|Proposed legislation would provide funding for watershed planning|
|The peer review of the numeric nutrient criteria for Great Bay has been completed and is available here.|
|SWA Quarterly Mtg, 6:30 p.m. March 26, Chester Town Hall, 84 Chester Street (Route 121).|
The Southeast Watershed Alliance has prepared draft stormwater management standards to provide a consistent and effective level of stormwater management and protection of clean water within the NH coastal watershed. These model standards are under consideration by several communities and have already been adopted by the Town of Newfields.
This project provides assistance to communities to improve stormwater management through the expertise of engineering consultants, installation of demonstration stormwater treatment systems, and workshops and outreach to municipal employees, town officials, volunteers, and neighborhood residents. For more information, contact Alison Watts, SWA project coordinator, at email@example.com.
Communities selected for this project have received technical assistance to improve stormwater management. Locations appropriate for the installation of stormwater treatment systems were identified and mapped. Actual installation projects included engineering consultation and design, soil mix and planting recommendations, and installation oversight and training. Projects included bioretention systems, gravel wetlands, and a tree filter. These systems treat stormwater run-off on-site and reduce pollutants discharged to waterways. Communities also received a GIS-based pollutant loading map to identify locations for future stormwater treatment installations.
Help Make It Happen!
- Make sure that your town sends a representative! Representatives can be regular citizens or town officials.
- Alliance meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome.
- Meetings are held quarterly at different locations around the watershed. Date, location, and time are posted in advance.
- Representatives are invited to attend the monthly board of directors meetings and to contact Michael Trainque, chairman of the board (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about community participation within the Alliance.