CONSERVATION GROUP PLANS WATERSHED SURVEY

by Christian Mower on February 4, 2013

THE NON-PROFIT CONSERVATION GROUP THAT WORKS TO PROTECT THE DRINKING WATER IN THE OSSIPEE LAKE WATERSHED WILL USE $65,000 IN GRANT MONEY TO DEVELOP THE FIRST PHASE OF A WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE LAKE.

ERIC SENECAL – PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT GREEN MOUNTAIN CONSERVATION GROUP IN EFFINGHAM – SAYS THE MONEY IS PROVIDED IN PART BY A WATERSHED ASSISTANCE GRANT FROM THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES – WITH CLEAN WATER ACT FUNDS FROM THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.

GOV. MAGGIE HASSAN AND THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MUST APPROVE USE OF THE FUNDS.

SENECAL SAYS THE WATERSHED IS LARGER THAN 300 SQUARE MILES – TOO LARGE FOR ONE COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT – SO THE TASK WILL BE BROKEN DOWN INTO SMALLER SEGMENTS.

THE FIRST PHASE OF ABOUT 30 SQUARE MILES – WITH AN EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE BY THE END OF 2014 – WILL FOCUS ON DANFORTH POND AND THE LOWER BAYS OF OSSIPEE LAKE, INCLUDING BROAD, LEAVITT AND BERRY. THE AREA INCLUDES LAND IN EATON, EFFINGHAM, FREEDOM, MADISON AND OSSIPEE.

GREEN MOUNTAIN RECENTLY CELEBRATED ITS 15TH ANNIVERSARY – AND ALREADY MAINTAINS AN EXISTING WATERSHED DATABASE THAT GOES BACK ABOUT 10 YEARS.

THE STUDY WILL INCLUDE LOOKING AT STRUCTURES LIKE BRIDGES AND SEEING HOW STORM WATER RUNOFF COULD BE SLOWED AND MITIGATED – TO THE OVERALL IMPACT OF PHOSPHOROUS ON THE LAKE.

SENECAL SAYS IT’S “APPLIED SCIENCE” THAT WILL COME UP WITH TANGIBLE RECOMMENDATIONS AND AN ANALYSIS OF COSTS.

A STEERING COMMITTEE FOR THE PROJECT MEETS MONDAY AFTERNOON (FEB. 4, 2013) IN FREEDOM. IF INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR BEING ON THE COMMITTEE, CALL SENECAL AT (603) 539-1859.

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