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Friday
Oct262012

Hassan to Discuss ‘Innovate NH ’ Jobs Plan at UNH, Portsmouth Business Visits

DURHAM – Maggie Hassan will highlight her “Innovate NH” jobs plan during campaign stops in Durham and Portsmouth on Friday.  Hassan’s “Innovate NH” jobs plan will help businesses grow and keep New Hampshire’s economy moving forward by focusing on education to build the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs.

Hassan will first address a group of University of New Hampshire students at the Every Child Counts in NH College Advocacy Days forum.  Hassan will then travel to Portsmouth for stops at two local businesses, Brown & Company and Revolution Energy, followed by a Portsmouth Main Street tour beginning at Breaking New Grounds coffee shop.

Hassan will end the day in Manchester where she will speak at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Hassan’s public schedule for Friday, October 26 is as follows:

1:00 PM:          Every Child Counts in NH College Advocacy Days Forum, University of New Hampshire, Pettee Hall, Room G-10, 55 College Road, Durham
2:45 PM:          Brown & Company, 801 Islington Street, Portsmouth
3:30 PM:          Revolution Energy, 208 Market Street, Suite 30, Portsmouth
4:00 PM:          Main Street Tour, Breaking New Grounds, 14 Market Square, Portsmouth
5:30 PM:          NHDP Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 South Mammoth Road, Manchester

Tuesday
Oct232012

Durham - A Balanced Approach to Addressing Water Quality Challenges within the Great Bay Estuary

Durham and UNH Team to Achieve Pollution Reduction Innovations

A Balanced Approach to Addressing Water Quality Challenges within the Great Bay Estuary

Durham, NH - The Town of Durham and the University of New Hampshire have joined forces on an innovative approach to reduce pollution in the Oyster River and the larger Great Bay Estuary. 

Officials from Durham and UNH met on campus with a group of officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Environmental Services on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, to discuss the formulation and implementation of an Integrated Watershed Management Plan.  Also attending the meeting were representatives of the Great Bay National Research Reserve, the Conservation Law Foundation, the project watershed consulting team of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. of Bedford, NH and Woodard & Curran of Portland ME, plusDurham’s wastewater consulting engineering firm Wright-Pierce of Portsmouth.  The Plan is being proposed as an innovative means of complying with federal discharge permit requirements, and more importantly to address growing concerns with the downward trend of water quality in the Great Bay Estuary. 

Durham and UNH are partnering in the effort and Wednesday’s meeting was the third meeting with EPA and NHDES over the last year to explore this approach to improve water quality within the Great Bay Estuary.  The Integrated Watershed Management Plan would focus on the Oyster River watershed, which is where Durham and UNH currently maintain three separate federal discharge permits: one permit to discharge treated effluent from the Town’s wastewater treatment plant into the tidal portion of the Oyster River, a stormwater discharge permit from the Town’s urban area, and a second separate stormwater discharge permit from the UNH campus. 

The integrated watershed permitting approach is a significant divergence from EPA’s usual practice of issuing separate discharge permits. 

Durham and UNH have observed that separate discharge permits in some cases result in inefficient compliance strategies that tend to fall short of addressing broad watershed scale challenges.  The EPA has been promoting the integrated watershed permitting approach nationwide and recently published guidance documents encouraging municipalities to consider this integrated permit concept to more efficiently address the sometimes competing and overlapping stormwater and wastewater permitting requirements.  Administratively it will help make permitting compliance more streamlined. 

Durham and UNH originally introduced the idea of the integrated watershed approach to the EPA at their initial permit renewal meeting in October 2011, and shortly thereafter the EPA published their first notable memorandum outlining the benefits.  The Durham/UNH community would be the first in the northeast to implement this innovative permit compliance approach with EPA and the discussions at Wednesday’s meeting focused on how the project team could make it a reality.

As project partners, Durham and UNH would collaborate  with EPA, NHDES, the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, and many local stakeholders to seek cost-effective sustainable solutions while balancing capital investments in wastewater treatment upgrades with a variety of measures to reduce non-point source pollution such as stormwater runoff and excess fertilizer. 

Durham’s Town Engineer David Cedarholm describes this initiative as “a very exciting opportunity to integrate multiple federal permits into a morecomprehensive watershed based one-permit approach, while integrating the people and ideas of a whole watershed to tackle the larger scale water quality problems in a more sustainable and cost effective way.”   

The EPA and NHDES are highly supportive of the approach, and have indicated a willingness to work with Durham/UNH as the community develops the details of its plan. 

Tom Irwin of the Conservation Law Foundation stated he was “very pleased to see Durham taking a leadership role in developing solutions to the region’s nitrogen problem.”  The EPA, Durham, and UNH are hoping that this collaborative effort might become a regional and possibly a national model for other communities to achieve similar pollution reductions around impaired water bodies such as the Great Bay Estuary.   

Key elements of this effort will include the use of green infrastructure that relies on natural processes and vegetation to treat stormwater such as rain gardens, gravel wetlands and vegetated buffers along stream corridors.  Increasing public awareness on proper lawn care techniques to reduce fertilizer usage will also be a focus.  Finding these and other ways to limit the amount of nitrogen being added throughout the watershed will result in more sustainable solutions.  

The Integrated Watershed Management Plan will build on current research and modeling being done at UNH and by NHDES, and will be coordinated with other Oyster River watershed stakeholders to develop a common understanding of all pollution sources in the watershed, includingnitrogen.  It will identify practical and effective solutions with the greatest environmental, social, and economic benefit. 

Ted Diers, NHDES Watershed Bureau Administrator, noted that he is very supportive of Durham and UNH and “will help them work out the details of their Plan any way we can.”  The project partners are hopeful that the Durham/UNH approach may serve as an innovative water quality model for the entire watershed. 

A public information meeting is planned for later this year to inform and engage other interested stakeholders within the Oyster River and Great Bay watershed including residents and members of various non-profit organizations, watershed protection advocates and other local community officials to discuss mutually beneficial activities and ideas going forward.    

For additional information, contact Town Engineer David Cedarholm at (603) 868-5578 or dcedarholm@ci.durham.nh.us

Saturday
Oct202012

RNC - Senator Rand Paul to Campaign for Romney in NH

Senator Rand Paul and the Republican Team to Campaign for Romney/Ryan in Durham

Bedford, NH – TODAY at the University of New Hampshire, Senator Rand Paul and the Republican Team will speak at a rally with Young Americans for Mitt.

With no new ideas and no second term agenda from President Obama other than new debt and taxes, our country needs a change. Senator Paul will discuss the critical need for getting our fiscal house in order and to promote pro-growth policies for the economy. It is more than an economic imperative – it’s a moral imperative. Americans deserve a president who will secure a future for our children that doesn’t leave them buried in debt. When Mitt Romney is president, he will cut spending, restore our AAA credit rating, and set us on a path to a balanced budget.

The following events are open to the press:

Saturday, October 20, 2012:

Event:                                   Sen. Rand Paul Rally for Romney/Ryan

Location:                             University of New Hampshire, Strafford Room, Memorial Union Building

                                                83 Main Street

                                                Durham, NH                                                                                                                                          

Time:                                    1:45 PM

Wednesday
Oct032012

Romney For President - Response to Bill Clinton's Visit to NH

Wanted to make sure you had this response to President Bill Clinton’s visit to Durham from Jeb Bradley, who was on site for his speech today:

 

“With 23 million Americans unemployed and looking for more work, it is no surprise that Vice President Biden thinks that the middle class has been buried the past four years under the Obama Administration’s failed policies. The middle class has seen its take home pay decline by more than $4,000, one in six Americans are living in poverty, and 47 million people are on food stamps. President Obama is offering four more years of the last four years, and it’s clear we need a change in the White House.” New Hampshire State Senate Majority Leader, Jeb Bradley

Wednesday
Oct032012

Maggie Hassan to Introduce President Bill Clinton at Durham Obama Grassroots Campaign Event

DURHAM – Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 3, Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan will introduce President Bill Clinton at an Obama grassroots campaign event at the University of New Hampshire. The event will be held at the Lundholm Gymnasium Field House at 12 noon.

WHAT:           Maggie Hassan to Introduce President Clinton

WHEN:          Wednesday, October 3
                       12 noon

WHERE:        Lundholm Gymnasium
                       Field House
                       University of New Hampshire
                       145 Main Street
                       Durham, NH 03824