Synthesis

To download doc file: NHLOW-Oct 27 2014 Meeting note synthesis

Feedback & Summary of Comments from Kick-off meeting:

 Goal(s) of Initiative

  •  The initiative goal needs to be more measureable and well defined
  • Indicators needed to measure goals on a regular basis
  • Is “today” the right barometer of success for the goal, given known water-related issues?
  • Set 5, 10, 20 year goals

Initiative Tracks

  • Suggested that several tracks be adopted for the initiative. Organizations will know where they belong in the framework.
  • Clear statement around each track
  • Champions for each track/strong suit
  1. Education – Engagement and information/resource sharing
  2. Infrastructure – Gray and green – don’t separate
  3. Regional Collaboration
  4. Policy/Advocacy – will help drive funding
  5. Science/Research – help with measurement of indicators

On Forming a coalition/steps

  • Some participants reluctant to create a new entity or coalition, but if this issue could be used to find common ground to support & enhance the work they are currently doing, then this could be very beneficial.
  • An umbrella organization can set some vision for the future for water and bring voices together, providing a platform for a “collective voice.”
  • What would facilitate better coordination between the organizations I work with?
  • Develop a uniform and consistent message that can be used by all water groups.
  • Statewide initiatives may lack a sense of place with respect to water issues, which tend to be local to regional (i.e., watershed-based).
  • Could give a statewide voice to message(s) trying to disseminate locally.
  • We can learn what other folks are doing with a coalition like this.
  • Annual congress to communicate what water groups are doing.
  • Foster collaboration between built and green infrastructure interests.
  • Source Water Collaborative suggested.
  • Complete a survey to know what is being done in the state.
  • Plan a field trip or trips for coalition participants and their stakeholder to get a first-hand look at what others in the water field are doing.
  • Establish a message board (already set up at www.NHlivesonwater.org).
  • Sign on letter for support of funding legislation for SB-60 recommendations?
  • Coordinate efforts, not replicate what is already being done.
  • Do what we need as a state on a coordinated level, each group plugging into the track(s) that overlap with their mission.

Infrastructure/Value of Water

  •  Over 200,000 private wells in addition to municipal systems – owners need to better understand their own infrastructure
  • Know cost and value of water; bring the messages together
  • Clarify the term “water infrastructure” – includes green and gray infrastructure (USEPA is starting to think this way)
  • Work to blend green/gray infrastructure use
  • Can we leverage FEMA funds for preventive work or maintenance of resilient infrastructure?

Watershed Approach

  • Promote water awareness on a watershed scale.
  • Watershed approach would need to be adopted by NHDES and USEPA for evaluating resources and regulations.
  • Climate change/resiliency seems to be working well/organized around a watershed scale.
  • Credit trading may help to foster more of a watershed approach.

Regional projects and collaborative initiatives

  • Piscataqua Regional Estuaries Partnership (PREP) – measuring many indicators every 3-5 years to track health of estuaries in Seacoast NH
  • PREP’s new social indicator blueprint
  • Green Mountain Conservation Group (GMCG) – protecting state’s largest sand and gravel aquifer
  • Trout Unlimited Culvert Assessment – developed approach using biological and infrastructure needs in mind (NHDOT helped with assessment model). Only 20% done, need quarterback
  • Climate Adaptation Workgroup – done on a regional basis by UNH Cooperative Extension /DES
  • State revolving loan fund – use for land conservation at the national level
  • TNC – protect lands that will protect water quality
  • Wetland Mitigation – NH ARM program and Army Corps – done on a watershed basis. Funds go to best projects in watershed, not necessarily at municipality where wetland impact occurred
  • Midwest initiative to reduce number of coal‑burning power plants
  • Lake Winnipesaukee monitoring collaborative
  • SE Watershed Alliance
  • Nutrient credit trading

Other organizations/stakeholder to involve

  • NH Regional Planning Commissions
  • Granite State Futures
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