Newfound Watershed Master Plan Meeting Scheduled Nov. 15

October 25th, 2007 by Adam

The second public meeting of “Every Acre Counts: the Newfound Watershed Master Plan” will be held on November 15th from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Slim Baker Lodge on New Chester Mountain Road in Bristol. The purpose of this meeting is to present to the public the planning and regulatory analysis of the watershed and survey results. Residents and property owners in Bristol, Bridgewater, Hebron, Alexandria, Groton, Orange, Danbury, and Plymouth are urged to attend to learn more about recent developments in this exciting project.

“Every Acre Counts” is a project funded by the N.H. Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and by contributions from project partners, including Jeffrey H. Taylor & Associates, Newfound Area School District, Newfound Lake Region Association (NLRA), Plymouth State University’s (PSU) Center for the Environment, and University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Center for Freshwater Biology. This 18-month project involves the preparation of a watershed master plan for the Newfound Lake region.

“The meeting will provide the public with the opportunity to learn about the results of our analysis of the existing master plans and land use regulations within the watershed and how we will use this information in the development of the watershed master plan,” said Steve Whitman, Senior Planner with Jeffrey H. Taylor and Associates, who will be facilitating the November 15th meeting.

In addition, Dr. Brian Eisenhauer, from PSU’s Center for the Environment, will present preliminary results of the survey of area residents that is currently underway. “The survey was mailed to 1,900 randomly selected property owners and questions were designed to determine residents’ opinions about important issues and their desires for the future of the Newfound Lake region,” said Eisenhauer. “The survey results will be used in the development of the regional master plan to help communities prepare for the future.”

“Every Acre Counts” involves many components. For example, this past summer, water quality monitoring in Newfound Lake and its tributaries was conducted by UNH’s Center for Freshwater Biology. This fall and winter, PSU’s Marcia Blaine, assistant professor of history, is working with students on an oral history project to document historical land use in the watershed. The Newfound Area School District is integrating components of the watershed planning process into their curriculum, creating a place based educational component to student’s work. Updates on these components of the “Every Acre Counts” will be presented at a future public meeting in the spring.

If you have any questions about the meeting or “Every Acre Counts,” contact the Newfound Lake Region Association at 744-8689, or info@newfoundlake.org.

If you have questions about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu