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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: March 18, 2014
CONTACT: Jim Martin , 603 271-3710

NHDES Wetlands Program Rulemaking and Process Improvement Effort
Spring 2014 Listening Sessions

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Wetland Bureau has initiated a significant, multi-year effort to improve the technical standards as well as the operating and decision-making processes used the Bureau.

The overarching goals of this effort are to:

  • Enhance transparency and predictability.
  • Increase consistency and standardization.
  • Ensure scientifically-based decisions that protect New Hampshire's sensitive and important natural resources.

To submit a comment or suggestion regarding this effort, NHDES is asking interested parties to use the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wetlands-comments

Over the next few months, NHDES staff will be hosting a series of focus groups and listening sessions. At these events, NHDES staff will provide information on the effort, including the anticipated schedule and concepts under evaluation, and lead a discussion to collect input and ideas from participants on all aspects of the Wetlands program rules and operations.

Discussion Topics:

  • The Permitting Process: Redesigning the Path to Approval and Other Procedures
  • Using Better Information and Clearer Evaluation Standards for Improved Outcomes
  • Specific Topics and Technical Design Standards
  • General Requirements (e.g., stormwater management)
  • Specific Requirements for Certain Resource Areas (e.g., coastal, rivers, shorelines)
  • Specific Requirements for Certain Activities  (e.g., forestry, bank stabilization, use of Best Management Practices (BMP) Manuals)

Scheduled Listening Sessions:

Date/Time Location RSVP
March 27, 12:30 to 3 pm Littleton Senior Center
77 Riverglen Lane
Littleton, NH
Tara Bamford
603 444-6303 ext. 26
March 31, 9 am to 12 pm
Lake Management Advisory Committee
NHDES
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH
Carolyn Russell
603 271-3010
Carolyn.Russell@des.nh.gov
April 1, 11:30 am to 1 pm
Municipal Professiona Planners Focus Group
Southwest Regional Planning
37 Ashuelot Street
Keene, NH
Lisa Murphy
603 357-0557
lmurphy@swrpc.org
April 9, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Natural Resource Organizations
Community Resource Room
26 Commercial Street
Concord, NH
Jennifer Mock
jmock@cnhrpc.org
April 10, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
General Public
Strafford Regional Planning
150 Wakefield St, Suite 12
Rochester, NH
Marilyn Barton
603 994-3500
rpc@strafford.org
April 14, 3 to 5 pm
Developer/Consultant Focus Group
Nashua Regional Planning
9 Executive Park Dr, Suite 201
Merrimack, NH
Karen Baker
KarenB@nashuarpc.org
603 424-2240
April 15, 3 to 5pm
Developer/Consultant Focus Group
Murray Room
Howe Library
Hanover, NH
Chris Courtemanche
603 448-1680
info@uvlsrpc.org
April 24, 6 to 8 pm
General Public
Southern NH Regional Planning
438 Dubuque Street
Manchester, NH
Kellie Walsh
intern2@snhpc.org
603 669-4664
April 29, 4 to 6 pm
Coastal Resources Focus Group
Levenson Room
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrotts Avenue
Jennifer Rowden
603 778-0885
jrowden@rpc-nh.org
*The public is welcome to attend any session
**Additional listening sessions to be scheduled

For more information on this effort, including scheduled listening sessions and outreach events visit the Wetlands Program webpage at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/process-improvement.htm




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