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Friday
Dec072012

Statement: Sen. Morse on USNH Funding Legislation 

The New Hampshire Senate

Majority Office

Concord, NH – Sen. Chuck Morse, R-Salem, released the following statement today following the introduction of legislation that would appropriate an additional $100 million to the University System of New Hampshire:

“I appreciate and share Sen. Fuller Clark’s commitment to creating a well-educated workforce here in New Hampshire, and I look forward to the hearing on her legislation before the Senate Finance Committee later this session.  At that time, I hope she will be willing to discuss with the Committee where she would suggest we cut spending – or which taxes she would propose to raise – in order to finance the $100 million price tag attached to this bill.

“In 2011, the Republican-led legislature closed an $800 million budget deficit left for us by the poor spending habits of prior lawmakers.  As we look ahead to our next budget, we are committed to continuing that same level of fiscal discipline.  In doing so, we will continue to adequately fund both the University System of New Hampshire as well as the Community College System of New Hampshire while working towards reducing college costs for low and middle income students.”

Tuesday
Nov272012

Governor-Elect Hassan to Speak at STEM Conference 

The Office of Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan

MANCHESTER – TOMORROW, Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan will speak at a conference on advancing science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) higher education in New Hampshire to meet the needs of the 21st century economy.

The conference is an outgrowth of a commitment made earlier this year between the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) that sets out steps they will take together to meet the goal of increasing by 50 percent the number of STEM-educated graduates by 2020 and doubling that number by 2025.

As Governor, Maggie Hassan work to implement her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on building the best workforce in the country, providing tax credits to businesses, and giving businesses technical assistance to help them create jobs. Hassan’s innovation plan calls for supporting the goal of increasing STEM graduates, as well as for working with teachers, local schools, higher education and the business community to ensure New Hampshire has the rigorous STEM education system it needs to prepare students to compete in the future. As Governor, Hassan will also work to make sure we include hands on-learning curriculum to engage and interest students in pursuing STEM careers.

WHAT:            Governor-Elect Hassan to Speak at STEM Conference

WHEN:            Tuesday, November 27th, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Emerging Technology Center, Pandora Building, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester

Tuesday
Oct302012

Hurricane Sandy Emergency Information for Durham, Roadway Closures, Power Outage Areas - October 30, 2012 - 5:00 PM

Dear Members of the Community,

 

Please remember to exercise extreme caution around downed power lines.  Durham Public Works crews are not able to clear trees that are entangled in power lines.  Only the power company can safely undertake such work.  In addition, residents should NOT handle or try to cut down trees/branches that are entangled in power lines.  Please be safe and be patient.

 

The latest storm information follows …

 

Trees/lines are down and roads are closed at:

  • Willey Road/Ffrost Drive - open to local traffic only
  • Main Street - closed from Technology Drive to Route 155/5-corners.
  • Durham Point Road is closed at #29, #32, #139, and #256.  We have made numerous calls to PSNH today and utility crews are there now trying to reopen Durham Point Rd.  We anticipate it being largely reopened later this evening leaving one roadway blockage remaining at #256 near Colony Cove Road.  This will ensure no one is stranded and emergency crews can access all areas of Durham Point Road.  

Three homes have had trees fall on them: one on Canney Road, one on Orchard Drive, and one on Madbury Road. 

 

Where is there power loss in Durham?

 

The following roadways have loss of power to some degree to our knowledge at this time:  Adams Point Road, Bartlet Road, Bay Road, Britton Lane, Colony Cove Road, Dame Road, Deer Meadow Road, Durham Point Road, Edendale Lane, Edgerly Garrison, Fogg Drive, Foxhill Road, Langley Road, Longmarsh Road, Mathes Cove Road, Meserve Road, Mill Road, N.Main Street, Pulaski Drive, Roysan Way, Spruce Wood Lane, Willey Road, and Worthen Road.

 

If there are other locations, these should be called in directly to PSNH (see call in number below).

 

Power to the Town’s Beech Hill water tank and emergency communications equipment has been restored.

 

Work is still being undertaken to address three-phase power problems at the Mast Way Elementary School in Lee.

 

There are a total of 3323 PSNH customers in Durham.  At present, 668 or 20% of households are without power.  

 

Where is PSNH? 

 

PSNH line, contractor, and tree trimming crews on Tuesday made progress throughout the state and will be bolstered by 75 line crews from Hydro-Québec. The Canadian team is expected to join PSNH and contractor crews, accelerating what has been projected to be a multi-day restoration effort.

 

The initial PSNH emphasis of the restoration has included focusing on ensuring roads are clear of downed lines, trees, and limbs, and restoring power to key public infrastructure like schools, shelters, and water treatment facilities. 

 

As of this morning, the NH Department of Transportation reported more than 230 roads across the state were either closed or blocked by downed limbs, trees, and power and communication lines.

 

At daybreak, crews began conducting detailed damage assessments of affected areas, providing essential information on downed lines and other trouble areas so that PSNH's area work centers throughout the state can quickly and effectively prioritize their mobilization.

 

Among the hardest hit areas are portions of the seacoast, the southern I-93 corridor, and several communities in the Monadnock Region.

 

Hurricane Sandy's impact has resulted in the fourth highest number of customers without power in PSNH's 86-year history, with the five largest storms all having occurred in the past four and half years.

 

Overall, Sandy has affected more than 8 million people from Maryland to Maine. 

 

Across NH, there are an estimated 109,000 PSNH customers still without power at this time.  

 

 

TRANSFER STATION & RECYCLING CENTER WILL BE OPEN ON WEDNESDAY

Durham’s Transfer Station and Recycling Center on Durham Point Road will be opened for a special day on Wednesday to accomodate residents who have brush, rubbish, or recycling for disposal.

 

FALL BRUSH CLEANUP SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 5TH

A reminder to residents that if trees or branches fell in their yards over the course of the storm, these can be cut up and placed curbside for pickup as part of the annual Durham Fall Brush Cleanup.  The usual limitations of no more than 5 ft. long or 5” in diameter still apply.

 

PACKERS FALLS GRAVEL PIT TO OPEN TO ACCOMODATE LARGER STUMPS, TREES, DEBRIS FROM STORM

 

In an effort to anticiapte the needs of the community, Durham will open the Packers Falls Gravel Pit to allow residents to bring brush and larger items starting November 4th thru the 10th from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  The Public Works Department will have someone there to monitor.

 

SHELTERING INFORMATION – UNH MAKES HAMEL REC. CNTR. AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS

The UNH Hamel Recreation Center has been reopened and is available to Durham residents who need a place to shower until 7 PM.  The Hamel Recreation Center is located in the old Snively Arena connected to the Whittemore Center.  Park at the Town-owned Depot Road Parking Lot next to the train station.  For information about the facility, go to http://campusrec.unh.edu/index.cfm?id=9438ebd2-b06d-9bfd-fad67f6a461b9d8d .

 

GOVERNOR DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR NH

Governor Lynch declared a State of Emergency as of 10 AM 10/29/12. 

 

7 DAY FORECAST FOR DURHAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

(as of 5 PM, Tuesday)

 

Tonight: 
Showers. Patchy fog. Low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

 

Wednesday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 64. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

 

Wednesday Night:
 Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind around 6 mph.

 

Thursday:
  A slight chance of showers after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

Thursday Night:  
A chance of showers, mainly between 7pm and 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 41. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. 

 

Friday:
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

 

Friday Night:
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

 

Saturday: 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

 

Saturday Night:
Mostly clear, with a low around 35.

 

Sunday: 
Sunny, with a high near 51.

 

Sunday Night:
Mostly clear, with a low around 31.

 

Monday: 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

 

HOW TO CALL PSNH OR THE NH ELECTRIC COOP

Call PSNH daily to report a power outage at 1-800-662-7764.  Do not assume PSNH knows you do not have power!  During these storm events, PSNH works to reenergize areas of town neighborhood by neighborhood but they do not always know individual service lines to homes are down.  If an individual service is down, but a neighborhood has been “restored”, PSNH will not know you still do not have power – unless you let them know.  So call PSNH and don’t be shy.

 

If you obtain power through the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, please contact NHEC directly at 1-800-343-6432.

 

COMCAST CONTACT INFORMATION

If your are have power but your internet, phone, or television service provided by Comcast is not operational, please contact Comcast directly toll free at 1-888-633-4266.  If PSNH lines are down and intertwined with Comcast lines, Comcast must wait for PSNH to repair them before it can restore cable service. 

 

PORTABLE GENERATOR SAFETY INFORMATION

Safety tips for portable generators follow:

 

  • Portable generators should be placed 10 feet from any structure, with the exhaust facing away from the building openings. Deadly exhaust fumes can enter the building through any opening resulting in severe injury or death to unsuspecting occupants.
  • Never place portable generators on or near combustible surfaces such as decks, porches, or tool sheds. Heat generated by the motor, or improper refueling methods can start a fire.
  • Never run portable generators inside any building, including basement areas and garages. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can build up in minutes injuring occupants with little to no warning.
  • Allow plenty of time to cool the generator before refueling. Gasoline vapors can easily ignite from hot surfaces causing a flash fire and severe injuries.
  • Always store approved gasoline containers a safe distance from generators while in service.

 

BE SURE TO CHECK IN ON NEIGHBORS WHO MAY NEED ASSISTANCE

Please take the time to touch base with your neighbors and/or friends within the community, particularly those who may need assistance, to ensure they are alright if there is a power outage.   If you know of someone who the Police or Fire Department should check in on as part of a wellness check, please call 868-2324.

 

WHO TO CALL IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE?

If you need assistance, do not hesitate to contact the Durham Police Department at 603-868-2324.  In an emergency situation, please call 911.

 

 

If residents know of others without power who would benefit from these emergency announcements, please pass them along.  Thank you for your assistance.

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