Working Together to Mend Our Watershed
Realizing the need to protect and improve the water quality of its coastal watershed, the New Hampshire legislators created the Southeast Watershed Alliance in 2009 to provide a framework for watershed communities to work together to protect and restore its water resources. The Southeast Watershed Alliance (the Alliance, or SWA) encompasses all 42 upstream and downstream communities in the New Hampshire coastal watershed. The Alliance enjoys a wide scope of activities that encompasses municipal, inter-municipal and regional planning and collaboration, watershed studies, education and implementation, including investments that affect water quality and supply, wastewater and stormwater management, septic systems, land use and conservation.
Every town in the watershed is automatically a member and has the right to appoint a representative to attend Alliance quarterly meetings where they can learn about upcoming opportunities for community technical assistance and project funding and to participate in initiatives that will help towns comply with regulations and reduce stormwater and non-point source pollution.
Has your town designated a representative to the Alliance? We encourage every community to invite a representative to join us at our quarterly meetings. Participating in the Alliance can help every community protect the quality of life of their residents by protecting and restoring our water resources.
Model Stormwater Standards
The Southeast Watershed Alliance has prepared draft stormwater management standards to provide a consistent level of stormwater management and water quality protection within the NH coastal watershed. These Model Standards are under consideration by several communities and have already been adopted by the community of Newfields.
Green Infrastructure for Coastal Communities
This project provides assistance to communities to improve stormwater management through the installation of stormwater treatment systems, workshops and outreach to municipal employees, town officials, volunteers neighborhood residents and engineering consultants. For more information contact Alison Watts, SWA Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communities selected for this project have received individualized assistance identifying locations appropriate for the installation of stormwater treatment systems including engineering design, soil mix and planting recommendations and installation oversight and training. Demonstration installations include bioretention systems, gravel wetlands and a tree filter. These systems will treat stormwater runoff and reduce pollutants. Communities also received a GIS based pollutant loading map to identify locations for future stormwater treatment installations.
Help Make It Happen!
- Each of the 42 communities in the NH seacoast is an Alliance member. Make sure that your Town sends a representative! Representatives can be regular citizens or a town official.
- Alliance meetings are public and open to anyone interested.
- Meetings are quarterly, in the evening and held at different locations around the watershed. Date, location and time are posted in advance.
- Members are invited to attend the monthly Board of Directors Meetings and to contact Michael Trainque, Chairman of the Board (email@example.com) with any questions about community participation within the Alliance.