Municipalities: Stewards of New Hampshire’s Water Infrastructure

While much of the water infrastructure is "out of sight," it can't be "out of mind," as New Hampshire's environment and economy depend too much on it.

New Hampshire residents are dependent on an array of infrastructure that moves, stores and treats water. To make this happen, cities and towns own and operate a lot of water infrastructure in New Hampshire. These municipal systems provide public drinking water, centralized wastewater, storm water and dam infrastructure.

Providing Clean Water into the Future: The Benefits of Land Conservation

By Alicia Carlson and Holly Green

When you look at your local surface water supply, what do you see? If you see a shoreline surrounded by shrubs and trees, you likely have few problems with erosion and turbidity. Forested lands are an important first step in protecting surface waters. They can help to ensure a cleaner water supply than in a more developed watershed.

The Commute Green New Hampshire Challenge: Reduce 50,000 Vehicle Miles

Commute Green New Hampshire is a statewide initiative designed to encourage individuals to consider green commuting options like walking, biking, carpooling and public transportation during the week of Monday, May 16—Friday, May 20. New Hampshire's eight regional planning commissions are working with citizens, businesses, local governments and organizations to promote the initiative, which coincides with National Bike-Walk to Work Day on Friday, May 20.

Finding Balance: 25 of 28 Towns Approve Conservation Appropriations at Town Meeting

For those elected officials and professional administrators who bear the responsibility for running New Hampshire’s cities and towns, 2008 is a challenging budget year. The snowplowing season, like your least favorite relative, came early, stayed late and busted the budget throughout the visit. Fuel prices are draining police, highway and school budgets. The cost of road paving, driven in part by oil prices, is painfully high. Education funding formulas turn financial crystal balls cloudy—receiver today, donor tomorrow.

The Housing and Conservation Planning Program New Partnership Yields Grant Program for New Hampshire Cities and Towns

By Jennifer Czysz

Additional housing or conservation? Historic preservation or new development? Economic growth or quality of life? These do not have to be either or choices. In July 2007, Governor Lynch signed the Housing and Conservation Planning Program (HCPP) into law. This new program, housed at the state Office of Energy and Planning (OEP), provides grants that address both local housing and conservation needs in communities.