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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: March 24, 2014
CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710

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

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, 5:15 to 6:15 pm
(Note time change)
General Audience
Littleton Senior Center
77 Riverglen Lane
Littleton, NH
Tara Bamford
603 444-6303 ext. 26
March 31, 11am to 12:30 pm NHDES Room 112
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH
Carolyn Russell
603 271-3010
Carolyn.Russell@des.nh.gov
April 1, 11:30 am to 1 pm
Municipal Professional Planners Focus Group
Southwest Regional Planning
37 Ashuelot Street
Keene, NH
Lisa Murphy
603 357-0557
lmurphy@swrpc.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
srpc@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
13 South Street
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 25, 1 to 3 pm
NH Association of Natural Resource Scientists (NHANRS)

NH Audubon
84 Silk Farm Road
Concord

Carolyn Russell
603 271-3010
Carolyn.Russell@des.nh.gov
April 29, 4 to 6 pm
Coastal Resources Focus Group
Levenson Room
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrotts Avenue
Portsmouth, NH
Jennifer Rowden
603 778-0885
jrowden@rpc-nh.org
*Although some sessions are targeted for specific stakeholders or groups, the public is welcome to attend any session.

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




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