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Storm drain stenciling to raise awareness about water pollution
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: September 21 2006
CONTACT: Phyllis Duffy, Exeter Public Works Department, (603) 772-1345
Cathy Coletti, NHCP, (603) 559-0024

Exeter, NH – Volunteers from the Exeter Conservation Commission will install storm drain markers and place door hangers in neighborhoods in the Dearborn Brook Watershed to educate residents on the connection between storm drains and water quality. This watershed, or the area of land where water follows the same drainage patterns into rivers, lakes and streams, discharges to land that drains to Exeter’s reservoir. Project partners in this event include the Exeter Conservation Commission and Department of Public Works, Rockingham Planning Commission and the New Hampshire Coastal Program at the Department of Environmental Services.

What: Storm drain stenciling
When: September 26, 2006; 10 a.m.
Where: Neighborhoods north of High Street that drain to the Exeter Reservoir Exeter, New Hampshire

The storm drain marker is colorful and attracts attention to its message "No Dumping…Drains to River." The goal is to help the community make the connection between the storm drain in their neighborhood and local waterways used for drinking water and recreation.

"We believe that education is the most important element in the Storm water Program. Many people simply do not realize that the water that flows into catch basins discharges to local waterways without treatment. Once residents and businesses realize that their everyday actions impact our rivers and streams, they will want to keep streets and parking lots litter free, reduce chemical uses, and make sure that automobile fluids and wash water do not end up in the storm drains," said Phyllis Duffy, town of Exeter Public Works Department.

Volunteers will also pass out door hangers that focus on the impacts of household hazardous wastes, including how the use of fertilizers can increase the growth of algae, leading to the death of fish and aquatic vegetation, and how pesticides can contaminate our waterways with toxic chemicals. The door hanger also includes some tips for keeping wastes out of our waterbodies, and a friendly reminder that Exeter’s household hazardous waste collection day is the first Saturday in October.

Storm water is one of the leading causes of water pollution both nationally and in New Hampshire and is regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act. Since March 2003, municipalities, developers and municipalities, including Exeter, have been subject to new requirements dealing with storm water management. The new requirements are called Phase II Storm Water Regulations, since they are the second round of storm water rules implemented by EPA.




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