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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: June 5, 2009
CONTACT: Paul Currier, 603 271-3289

DES and Plymouth State University Sign Partnership Agreement
Agreement signed as part of DES Partners Program

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Plymouth State University (PSU) today signed a partnership agreement to recognize their mutual goals of improving environmental protection and increasing understanding and involvement among local communities and organizations in the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

“We are very fortunate to be able to partner with Plymouth State’s Center for the Environment to better serve volunteer monitors and watershed organizations in northern New Hampshire. In addition to its physical location close to North Country and Lakes Region communities, the Center offers a broad range of expertise that complements DES’ strategic goals,” noted DES Commissioner Tom Burack.

In the two-year agreement, effective July 1, DES and PSU’s Center for the Environment (CFE) agree to work together to provide and promote the use of the CFE Environmental Research Laboratory as a satellite laboratory for volunteer water quality monitoring groups. DES will provide all supplies and equipment to CFE that may be needed by the volunteers for sample collection, while CFE will provide the facilities and testing services to process and analyze samples.

The groups further commit to work together to develop research and outreach projects that contribute to the work of DES and to the education of PSU students. Projects will focus on current environmental issues, particularly in the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The groups will also seek to raise awareness and understanding of environmental issues in these areas by facilitating the development of forums, workshops, and programs on supporting environmental science and corresponding policy decisions for the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

A copy of the agreement will be posted with this press release at http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/partners_program.htm or is available upon request. For more information regarding this partnership, please contact Paul Currier at (603) 271-3289, and for more information about the DES Partners Program, contact Sharon Yergeau at (603) 271-2918.

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