Public Forum To Discuss NH
Seacoast Wastewater Management Study March 7 At Red Hook Brewery
Contact: Kirsten Weir
NH Sea Grant
Feb. 14, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. – The N.H. Marine Coalition will host a forum
Monday, March 7, to discuss the Seacoast Region Wastewater Management
Study. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.
in the Red Hook Brewery Ale Maker’s Hall.
New Hampshire’s seacoast is one of the fastest growing regions
in the state. The area’s expanding population, combined with
increasingly stringent federal pollution discharge limits, is putting
enormous pressure on the region’s 17 municipal wastewater
plants. The state created the Great Bay Estuary Commission to study
the feasibility of building a wastewater outfall that would deliver
treated sewage from 44 coastal communities into the Gulf of Maine.
Stakeholders interested in the health of New Hampshire’s marine
resources, and those dependent on the marine environment for their
livelihood and recreation, are concerned about the possible environmental
effects of dumping up to 30 million gallons of treated sewage daily
into the Atlantic Ocean.
The forum will offer a venue to exchange information, present alternatives
and inform the public about the progress of the outfall study. Presenters
and panelists will include Bob Scherfe, project manager for Metcalf
& Eddy, the engineering firm that is performing the wastewater
study; Judith Peterson, coastal resources specialist at the MIT
Sea Grant Center for Coastal Resources and a member of the team
that has monitored the Boston wastewater outfall for 12 years; and
Nancy Girard, a vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation.
Other presenters and panelists include recreational and commercial
fishermen, members of conservation organizations, marine scientists,
educators and decision makers.
The forum is open to the public and requires a $10 registration
fee. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided, as well as
lunches for those attendees who pre-register. For more information
or to register, please contact Rollie Barnaby or Gail Ramsey at
603-679-5616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NH Marine Coalition is a multistakeholder nonprofit organization
that includes representation from UNH Cooperative Extension/NH Sea
Grant. The Coalition’s purpose is the conservation, enhancement
and sustainable use of the marine resources in the Western Gulf