MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Gregg
Inaugurates UNH Stormwater Center
Contact: Dolores Leonard
Oct. 10, 2005
WHAT: U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R–N.H.) will visit the
University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center to formally recognize
its leadership in protecting water quality through stormwater management
research. Senator Gregg’s visit coincides with the release
of the center’s first year of data.
WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2005, 1:30 p.m..
WHERE: The UNH Stormwater Center field site at the West Edge
Parking Lot on UNH’s Durham campus.
BACKGROUND: Funding for the center was secured by Senator
Gregg and administered by CICEET, the Cooperative Institute for
Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology. A partnership of
UNH and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, CICEET
develops tools for clean water and healthy coasts.
The UNH Stormwater Center was created in 2004 to evaluate the effectiveness
of different stormwater treatment systems in protecting water quality.
The facility—which can test up to 12 different treatment systems
at the same time—is the only one of its kind in the country.
It addresses the biggest threat to water quality nationwide: stormwater
runoff carrying nonpoint source pollution.
Called “nonpoint” because there is no one smokestack
or sewage pipe at fault, this type of pollution is a byproduct of
modern life. Rain washes pollutants off the landscape into streams,
rivers, estuaries, and coastal waters, where they degrade water
quality and threaten human health.
Managing runoff in a way that protects water quality depends on
choosing the correct stormwater treatment system. Until now, reliable
information about how well (or poorly) these systems work in preserving
water quality has been in short supply. The data gathered by UNH
researchers is being packaged for stormwater managers throughout
the Northeast to use to improve water quality in their communities.
PROGRAM: Speakers will include U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.);
UNH President Ann Weaver Hart; CICEET Co-director Richard Langan;
and UNH Stormwater Center Co-director Robert Roseen. After a short
program, the media is invited to tour the facility. The program
will take place outside at an applied research field site; we recommend
you wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes.
RSVP: Media who are planning to attend should RSVP to Dolores
Jalbert Leonard at 603.862.3685 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DIRECTIONS: From Route 4, take the exit for 155 A. At the
end of the exit ramp, turn east toward Durham on Route 155A. You
will see a large red barn complex to your left and athletic fields
ahead. Follow 155A for approximately ¦ mile past the first group
of buildings (NH Fish & Game) and Leavitt Lane. Take an immediate
right at the UNH sign for Printing & Mailing Services/West Edge
Parking. Continue on this unnamed road (past the stop sign) until
you reach the farthest edge of the parking area. Take a right and
continue until you reach the northwest corner.