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New Hampshire Stormwater Coalitions

Seacoast Coalition members watching NH Department of Transportation stormwater model demonstration.
Seacoast Coalition members watching NH Department
of Transportation stormwater model demonstration.

To assist with meeting the Phase II of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Federal Stormwater regulations, the regulated New Hampshire Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) municipalities formed regional stormwater coalitions in the Nashua, Manchester and the Seacoast areas. Coalition members include representatives from municipal department of public works responsible for stormwater. Coalition chairs include the Manchester Dept. of Highways, Environmental Permits Coordinator for the Manchester coalition, and the Nashua and Seacoast Coalition chairs rotating from municipality to municipality with support from NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) staff. Meetings are held monthly to quarterly.

Each regional coalition operates a little differently and their work may include: grant funded projects, visiting speakers, coordination of efforts to comment on and meet permit requirements, networking, legislation, and education.

 

Coalition Ongoing Activities

All Coalitions

  • Facilitate outside presenters for meetings.
  • Host visiting speakers on stormwater products, education and outreach materials and programs, and technical assistance.
  • Host EPA for permit update presentations and statewide conference planning.
  • Facilitate roundtable discussion and brainstorming on addressing permit requirements.

Seacoast Stormwater Coalition

Coalition Past Accomplishments

All Coalitions

  • Hosted DES training on how to do Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination.
  • Coordinated with DES the First New Hampshire Statewide Regional Conference.
  • Provided round table discussion on updates on meeting the permit control measures.

Manchester Area Stormwater Group

Nashua Area Stormwater Group

  • Hosted DES facilitation through outreach and education planning process.
  • Created tracking sheet for expenses associated with phase II regulation.
  • Coordinated video/DVD library of stormwater related information for community access channels.
  • Funded design for “When it Rains it Drains: Stormwater Education Curriculum Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbolspecific to Nashua region towns and their schools.

Seacoast Stormwater Coalition

Assistance to Stormwater Coalitions

The DES Watershed Assistance Program staff works closely with these coalitions attending meetings, coordinating conferences and presenters, providing communications between DES, EPA, and outside agencies, and also providing information about grant resources, grant projects, additional technical support, and possible partnerships. The NH Coastal Program Outreach Staff also assists with the Seacoast Stormwater Coalition outreach planning and meeting facilitation and logistics.

Representatives from EPA New England Region One attend Manchester and Seacoast coalition meetings and provide technical assistance when applicable.

Contact Info and How to Participate

All New Hampshire MS4 municipalities are welcome to provide a representative to attend stormwater coalition meetings. Please contact Barbara McMillan, DES Watershed Assistance Outreach Coordinator, (603) 271-7889 or barbara.mcmillan@des.nh.gov for more information or to identify the appropriate contact in your region.

  • Seacoast Stormwater Coalition
    Contact: Dean Peschel, city of Dover Environmental Project Manager, (603) 516-6094 or d.peschel@dover.nh.gov.
  • Manchester Area Stormwater Group
    Contact: Robert Robinson, P.E., city of Manchester Environmental Permits Coordinator, Department of Highways, (603) 665-6899 or rrobinson@manchesternh.gov.
  • Nashua Area Stormwater Group
    Contact: Barbara McMillan, DES Watershed Assistance Outreach Coordinator, (603) 271-7889 or barbara.mcmillan@des.nh.us

New Hampshire Coalition Municipalities

  • Manchester-Area Storm Water Group
    Atkinson
    Auburn
    Bedford
    Danville
    Derry
    Goffstown
    Hampstead
    Hooksett
    Londonderry
    Manchester
    Newton
    Plaistow
    Sandown
  • Nashua-Area Storm Water Group
    Amherst
    Hollis
    Hudson
    Litchfield
    Merrimack
    Milford
    Nashua
    Pelham
    Salem
    Windham
  • Seacoast Stormwater Coalition
    Dover
    Durham
    Exeter
    Greenland
    Hampton
    Kingston
    Milton
    New Castle
    North Hampton
    Portsmouth
    Rochester
    Rollinsford
    Rye
    Seabrook
    Somersworth
    UNH
    NH Technical College
    Consultant representing four Maine communities bordering N.H.
    Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

 

 

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