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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: March 6, 2009
CONTACT: Sarah Pillsbury, (603) 271-1168

DES Holds Public Information Sessions to Discuss Water Resources

Concord, N.H. – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will hold a series of evening public meetings to discuss work on a state water resources plan. The meetings consist of a one-hour presentation by DES officials regarding a recently completed report detailing the state’s water resources challenges, followed by approximately one hour of discussion. DES is conducting the meetings, with the assistance of various partner organizations and stakeholders, to inform the public and to build public involvement in the development a state water resources plan by the legislature’s Water Resources Committee.

“These meetings are the third major step in the water planning process,” explained Sarah Pillsbury, administrator of the Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau at DES and primary coordinator for the water planning effort. “The report represents what the state’s water experts think; we’ve done a survey of state and local policy makers to see what they think; and now we’re looking for the public’s reaction and we want to hear what they think about the state’s water resources management challenges.”

Twelve evening meetings have been scheduled to date:

Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 PM
Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
The Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center
89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH

Monday, March 16, 5:00 PM
Peterborough Water Resources Advisory Committee and
Contoocook and North Branch Rivers Local Advisory Committee
Peterborough Town House – Selectmen’s Room
1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH

Monday, March 23, 6:00 PM
Lakes Region Planning Commission
Pines Community Center
61 Summer Street, Northfield, NH

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 PM
Nashua Regional Planning Commission
NRPC Conference Room
9 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH

Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 PM
Pemigewassett River Local Advisory Committee
Small Auditorium, Room 001,
Boyd Hall on campus of Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH

Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 PM
Southern N.H. Regional Planning Commission
SNHPC Conference Room
438 Dubuque Street, Manchester, NH

Thursday, April 2, 6:00 PM
Green Mountain Conservation Group and
Effingham, Ossipee, Sandwich and Tamworth Conservation Commissions
Ossipee Town Hall
55 Main Street, Center Ossipee, NH

Monday, April 6, 6:00 PM
Southwest Region Planning Commission
Keene Public Library – auditorium
60 Winter Street, Keene, NH

Tuesday, April 14, 6:00 PM
Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
Lebanon City Council Chambers
51 North Park Street, Lebanon, NH

Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 PM
Strafford Rivers Conservancy
N.H. Fish & Game Conference Room
225 Main Street, Durham, NH

Monday, May 4, 7:00 PM
Newfound Lake Region Association
Bristol Town Offices
230 Lake Street, Bristol, NH

Wednesday, May 27, 5:30 PM
North Country Council
Red Barn, SPNHF Rocks Estate
4 Christmas Lane, Bethlehem, NH

For weather-related cancellation information, please call (603) 271-7061.

More information is available at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/wrpp/index.htm

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