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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: March 31, 2009
CONTACT: Lori Sommer, (603) 271-4059

DES Releases the Merrimack River Watershed Wetland Restoration Strategy
New website dedicated to wetland restoration – www.restoreNHwetlands.com

Concord NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Wetlands Bureau has posted the results of the Merrimack River Wetland Restoration Strategy on a new website: www.restoreNHwetlands.com. The development of the Wetland Restoration Strategy was the result of an EPA grant to study restoration opportunities in the Merrimack River watershed. The recent development of the DES Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund has provided a promising source of funds to help with wetland restoration efforts. These funds are available to NH municipalities and other non-profit organizations to restore, protect, or improve aquatic resources. The Merrimack River is the first of sixteen watersheds in New Hampshire for which ARM Funds are available.

To help generate information on restoration opportunities in the watershed and to provide a tool for evaluating potential projects, DES has developed the Merrimack River Watershed Wetlands Restoration Strategy.

As part of the strategy, a GIS model of the watershed was built to identify wetlands that may be impacted by past land uses and which may benefit from environmental restoration. The resulting map information can be used by concerned citizens and community organizations to identify promising wetland restoration projects. DES is hopeful that the information will be helpful to those concerned about wetlands in the watershed who want to help restore and protect these important resources.

For more information, contact Lori Sommer, Mitigation Coordinator at the DES, at (603) 271-4059 or lori.sommer@des.nh.gov.

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