The 2018 Commuter Challenge is here!
CommuteSmart Central NH invites you to participate in the third annual CommuteSmart Commuter Challenge! During the week of May 14th-18th log all of your smart commute trips taken in place of driving a single occupancy vehicle. Try walking, biking, transit, carpool, or telecommuting!
Log your Trips!
Log in or sign up to log all of your trips taken between May 14th and May 18th. You’ll be able to compete with others around the Region and be eligible to win prizes. All trips must be logged by 11:59 PM on Monday, May 21st.
Stop by the Commuter Breakfast – State House Plaza!
Stop by our Commuter Breakfast on National Bike to Work Day located at the State House Plaza. We’ll sign you up for our trip logger if you haven’t already and you can record your trips for us to enter for you. Coffee and bagels from The Works will be available!
Commuter Breakfast: Friday, May 18th, 7-9 AM, State House Plaza, Concord
Stop by the Commuter Breakfast – Hazen Drive!
Stop by our Commuter Breakfast on National Bike to Work Day located at Hazen Drive. Available to those who bike or walk to work. Coffee and bagels from The Works will be available!
Commuter Breakfast: Friday, May 18th, 7-9 AM, Hazen Drive, Concord (Click here for the event flyer)
NHDES 2018 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) will hold its 2018 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference on Thursday, May 17, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. This is the largest drinking water source protection event in New England! This year’s conference will feature a total of 18 presentations on:
- PFAS and other emerging contaminants
- Update on NH’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund
- Legislative updates involving drinking water
- Research from Dartmouth concerning health impacts associated with arsenic exposure
- Projects related to source water planning, land conservation, and community engagement
….and many more interesting source protection topics!
The conference fee is $65 and includes lunch and refreshments. Qualifies for 5.0 Technical Credit Hours toward the NH Water Works Operator Certification Program. REGISTER at the American Ground Water Trust website: https://agwt.org/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D268%26reset%3D1
Registration questions? Contact Andrew Stone at AGWT: email@example.com or 603-228-5444.
Other questions? Contact Pierce Rigrod at NHDES: firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-271-0688.
The 10th Annual Concord Community Bicycle Swap – May 19th and 20th 2018
The Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition (CNHBC) is holding the 10th Annual Concord Area Bicycle Swap with the goal of raising thousands of dollars to support bicycle programs and projects in Concord and the surrounding communities. The Bicycle Swap will be held at S&W sports and is a fun event for families and for bicycle riders of all ages and abilities. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or donate a bike, you don’t want to miss this event!
Drop off for consignment: anytime between 11am-6pm Weds, and 11am-7pm the Thurs and Fri before the swap.
Drop off for donation: anytime between now and May 18
Sale: May 19th 9am-5pm and May 20th 9am-1pm
Pick up: by Tuesday following the event, bikes and checks not picked up at this time will be donated.
Additional information can be found through the CNHBC webpage.
Warner River Designation Update
The Warner River project has come along way since the public hearing in July 2017. New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services officially nominated the river to the Rivers Management and Protection Program. The project is now in the hands of the New Hampshire legislature. Sporting a bill number of SB 445, armed with thirty-four letters of support, multiple sponsors and strong local support, the project flew through a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on January 16th, 2018. Pending a favorable vote in the full senate, SB 445 will appear in the House Resource, Recreation and Development Committee before going to the full house and finally, to the governor.
CNHRPC Brownfields Assessment Program Update
CNHRPC continues to be busy with the 2015 brownfields assessment grant. To date, five sites in Pittsfield, Boscawen, and Bradford have been assessed under the 2015 grant. All of these sites have finished Phase I assessment work and have either completed Phase II work or have developed scopes of work to conduct Phase II work over the next year. In addition to reuse planning for these sites additional properties across the region have been identified as potential sites that will require additional funds for assessment activities. To address this issue CNHRPC applied for an additional $300,000 in brownfield assessment grant funds in an effort to replenish funds spent to date and we are happy to say we have been awarded our second brownfields grant! With this next grant, we hope to do some reuse planning work on our initial sites but for the most part we will look to assess new sites. Please be on the lookout for solicitation letters coming to your community sometime over the next few months as we continue to work towards brownfields revitalization across the region.
New Hampshire State Clean Diesel Program
NHDES will have funds available in the fall of 2017 through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program to help diesel equipment owners in New Hampshire to reduce emissions. This program provides partial funding for local/state governments and businesses to reduce emissions through idle reduction technology, exhaust controls, or replacement of older diesel engines with newer engines. A draft application and additional information on the State Clean Diesel Program is available on NHDES’ Diesel Vehicles website http://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/tsb/tps/msp/diesel-vehicles/index.htm. Please contact Elizabeth Strachan Elizabeth.email@example.com for additional information.
Take the Concord Area Transit Survey!
The survey can be access here.
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NH-MS4 Municipalities Blog
This NH Stormwater Regional Coalitions Blog, NH-MS4, is for the New Hampshire Seacoast Stormwater Coalition and the Nashua/Manchester Regional Stormwater Coalition communities, and it is hosted by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Watershed Assistance Section. Please visit this site for meeting information, resources and updates related to New Hampshire MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer, Systems) municipalities.
Tiny Houses, and the Not-So-Tiny Questions They Raise
Zoning Practice, November 2015
American Planning Association
Issue Number 11, Practice Tiny Houses
The New Law on Accessory Dwelling Units
Below is NHMA’s four page handout The New Law on Accessory Dwelling Units (click to view). This handout is meant to provide a basic Do’s and Don’ts for the new Accessory Dwelling Unit statue. The last page contains proposed language for a simple zoning amendment that would allow an ADU by right under a local zoning ordinance.
2016 Drought Guidance for Municipalities and Public Water Systems
You may be aware New Hampshire, including the Central NH Region with Merrimack and Hillsborough County communities, is experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions. Many communities are beginning to enact water-saving measures in an attempt to retain our precious groundwater which is not being replenished quickly enough. Dry and drought conditions are forecasted to continue for an indeterminate time. The NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has issued the 2016 Drought Guidance for Municipalities and Public Water Systems to bring further attention to this problem and offers solutions to ease the strain on our water supplies. Help do your part by conserving water around your home and encouraging your community to take action. Click to view the current status of drought conditions in New Hampshire by the US Drought Monitor and view US Drought Portal’s outlooks and forecasts for New Hampshire and beyond. For more information on how you can assist, visit the NHDES Drought Management Program website.
CNHRPC Member Communities
Click on the towns below to access that towns official web site.