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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: December 10, 2009
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Ted Diers, (603) 559-0027

Southeast Watershed Alliance to Hold 1st Meeting, Dec. 14

Brentwood, NH – On December 14, the Southeast Watershed Alliance, established by RSA 485-E in the 2009 legislative session, will meet for the first time. As New Hampshire’s coastal water resources face increasing pressures associated with population growth and development, the SWA is intended to be a forum for solutions. All 42 coastal watershed communities are eligible to join the SWA.

The meeting will be held on Monday December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Community Center. All are welcome to attend this meeting in observation status. However, only member communities’ appointees will be able to participate. Key items that will be acted on during the meeting include the creation of a planning committee, identification of immediate actions, and selection of leadership.

Communities join the SWA through a vote of the City Council or Board of Selectmen. So far the following cities and towns have become members of SWA: Barrington, Brentwood, Candia, Chester, Danville, Dover, Durham, Exeter, Greenland, Hampton Falls, Kingston, Lee, Madbury, Newington, North Hampton, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Rochester, Seabrook and Stratham.

"The current approach to meeting water quality standards in which communities work alone to meet requirements set by regulators in Concord or Boston is no longer viable," said Peter Rice, city of Portsmouth engineer and Portsmouth’s SWA representative. "The SWA offers a new approach that will allow communities to work together to optimize the environmental benefit of their scarce financial resources. For example, nutrient pollution to the Great Bay Watershed from stormwater runoff knows no town boundaries. By working together, SWA communities can be active participants in developing solutions and allocating resources for the good of the watershed," Rice said.

For more information on the SWA, current members, legislation, and current news, please visit http://blogs.nh.gov/nhpress2/swa/ or call Coastal Program Manager Ted Diers at 559-0027.

Directions to the Brentwood Community Center; 190 Route 125, Brentwood

From Rt. 101, take exit 7. Follow Rt. 125 south approximately 3 miles. Brentwood Recreation Area and Community Center will be on your right.

From Rt.111A, turn right at Rt. 125. Follow Rt. 125 north for approximately ½ mile. Brentwood Recreation Area and Community Center will be on your left.

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