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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: December 17, 2010
CONTACT: Steve Couture, 603 271-8801

DES Issues Request for Qualifications for Suncook River Stabilization

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has issued Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) for geophysical surveys, design and permitting necessary to protect state and municipal infrastructure on the Suncook River in Epsom, NH. This work will be completely funded by a federal grant matched by existing state expenditures.

The RFQs and the resulting contracts are the next steps to address some of the effects on the Suncook River caused by a change in the river path during flooding in 2006. Since then, the river has been adjusting to its new course, which has led to erosion on the river and its tributaries. These effects present continued flooding risks to adjacent infrastructure and properties. The accomplishment of a geophysical survey in the Suncook River valley will provide key information on the geology of the area that will guide the design of structures to protect critical infrastructure. The information from the geophysical study will also assist in understanding the stability of the Suncook River in the long-term.

“In order to stabilize the Suncook River and protect public and private property and the quality of life for residents in the Suncook River Valley, it is important to identify and design the critical next steps in this process. This is part of a broader effort by state government to work with the affected communities and residents to address long-term flooding risks in the Suncook River Valley.” said DES Commissioner Tom Burack.

The RFQs are available at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/rivers/suncook-river.htm and http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/rfp.htm. Completed applications must be received by the Department no later than January 10, 2011.

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