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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: April 15, 2011
CONTACT: Jacquie Colburn, (603) 271-2959
, Jacquie.Colburn@des.nh.gov

DES and the Lakes Region Board of Realtors to offer the Healthy Waterfront Property Workshop

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has teamed up with the Lakes Region Board of Realtors and UNH Cooperative Extension staff to host a morning workshop on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in Meredith. The Healthy Waterfront Property workshop was developed because the real estate professional is a critical first contact for people who are planning to live near the water. The goal of the Healthy Waterfront Property course is to provide real estate agents with the tools and knowledge to promote healthy waterfront property and to foster an understanding of the direct and integral connection between shoreland development and water quality. Knowledge and sources of information shared by the real estate professional with the waterfront homeowner can encourage a greater stewardship of the property and the waterbody on which it is located.

The workshop will begin with a brief overview of the multi-year, multi-phased study of the “Economic Value of New Hampshire’s Lakes, Rivers, Streams and Ponds” as well as studies demonstrating the relationship between water quality and property values. Instructors will provide an overview regarding the water quality of our lakes and rivers and will include a tutorial of the major water quality and property value stressors such as exotic species and toxic algae blooms. The relationship between the land and water and the need to protect our waterbodies from pollution resulting from activities along the shoreline and within the watershed will also be examined. Workshop instructors will review laws that protect water quality, such as the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act, and will outline how these laws affect what buyers can do to develop or re-develop waterfront property. The workshop will conclude with a presentation highlighting how appropriate, ecologically sound development and the implementation of simple and cost effective best management practices by homeowners can enhance water quality and increase the real value of their shorefront properties at the same time.

Course instructors/participants include Jody Connor, Limnology Center Director; Jay Aube, Shoreland Protection Specialist; Darlene Forst, Shoreland Section Supervisor; and Jacquie Colburn, Lakes Coordinator, NHDES; and Jeffrey Schloss, Professor in Biological Sciences and Water Resources Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension. Real estate professionals who attend the workshop will receive three continuing education credits. The program will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. at the Chase House, 300 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, NH.

If you would like more information or have any questions regarding the workshop, please call Jacquie Colburn, Lakes Coordinator at DES at (603) 271-2959 or email her at Jacquie.Colburn@des.nh.gov.

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