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
- 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
- Education – Engagement and information/resource sharing
- Infrastructure – Gray and green – don’t separate
- Regional Collaboration
- Policy/Advocacy – will help drive funding
- 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?
- 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