State Water Resources Research Institute Program
Project ID: 2008NH97B
Title: New Hampshire WRRC Information Transfer
Project Type: Information Transfer
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: 01
Focus Categories: Management and Planning, Education, Non Point Pollution
Keywords: Outreach, Technology Transfer, Collaboration, Water Supply, Ecosystem Health
Principal Investigator: William H. McDowell (University of New Hampshire)
Federal Funds: $ 19,235
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 18,395
Abstract: In New Hampshire, state regulations, planning board decisions and zoning classifications all address the environmental consequences of development and rapid population growth. Despite the urgency of the problem of unchecked population growth, the decisions by these various resource managers are often made without a real understanding of the consequences to water resources or ecosystem services. This project will provide salary for the Center's Director and Associate Director as they meet with state representatives, local town officials, watershed groups, scientists and the general public to discuss WRRC findings regarding the impacts of population growth on potable water supply and ecosystem health in New Hampshire and the region. The NH WRRC website (http://www.wrrc.unh.edu/) is also used to disseminate information on water resources, and is updated and maintained by salary provided by this project. The time of the Director and Associate Director is increasingly spent discussing current and future research in the Lamprey River Hydrologic Observatory, which is partially funded by the longstanding 104B project "Water Quality and the Landscape: Long-term monitoring of a rapidly developing suburban watershed."
The Information Transfer project also provides salary for the NH WRRC Associate Director to participate on the planning committee of the NH Water and Watershed Conference and to organize the Annual Lamprey River Symposium. The annual NH Water and Watershed Conference which is designed to meet the information and networking needs of lake, river, and watershed groups; environmental organizations; volunteer monitors; municipal board and staff members; elected officials; local and regional planners; policy makers; scientists; educators; consultants and students. The goal of the Annual Lamprey River Symposium is to facilitate discussion and collaboration between scientists working in the Lamprey River basin and to engage state & local officials, watershed organizations, and concerned citizens with the science and its implications for the entire watershed and Great Bay. Presentations typically focus on water quality, hydrology, stormwater, nitrogen cycling in coastal New Hampshire and future climate and land use change effects on flooding. The symposium attracts approximately 90 attendees, including scientists, regional leaders, town officials, state legislators, members of state agencies, and federal agencies. The agenda and presentations are posted on the NH WRRC website at: http://www.wrrc.unh.edu/lrho/symposium.htm. The sixth annual Lamprey River Symposium will be held the first or second Friday of January 2013. This annual symposium and other discussions in which the Center's Director and Associate Director participate further the research and information transfer goals of the NH WRRC.