Do you live on the Winnicut River, or one of its brooks or streams? Would you like to learn how to have a "better backyard," or be a steward for wildlife? Do you enjoy birding, kayaking, or trail walking? Have you got Invasive Plant Problems? Would you like to learn more about the Winnicut River and its wildlife diversity, from its treefrogs and trout lilies, to its black bears and white cedars? If you can answer 'yes' to any of the above, we need YOU. The WRWC is working hard to develop a Better Backyard campaign which promises to be a rewarding program for land/homeowners interested in protecting the integrity of the Winnicut River, its streams and brooks, and ultimately Great Bay, and the wildlife that lives and breeds here. E-mail us today to learn more at

Friday, April 1, 2011

NH Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater Management DIY Solutions

The WRWC participated in a watershed managers roundtable last October hosted by NHDES' Watershed Assistance Section, and has since stayed informed on future restoration grant opportunities and other management tools through a blog for watershed managers (the WRWC is not a "manager," but rather a source for creating a local advisory committee which will act as a steward for Winnicut River watershed (the entire area of land that drains to the Winnicut River)).

The forum and blog were created for the purpose of providing additional resources and opportunities to network for those involved with NHDES' Watershed Assistance and Restoration Grants.

A recent post was deemed worthy of posting on WRWC's blog:

"Two new stormwater management tools have been created for homeowners and local building officials to help identify cost effective methods to offset potential impacts to water resources.

The “New Hampshire Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater Management Do-It-Yourself Stormwater Solutions for Your Home” was developed to help homeowners better manage stormwater on their properties. It can also be used by communities as an outreach tool to encourage better stormwater management on private properties.  [See page 54 of this pdf for using the model below.]

DES has also created a modeling tool for homeowners to estimate their nutrient footprint called “The New Hampshire Residential Loading Model.”  [This is an Excel file, and you'll be best served if you refer to instructions on page 54 of the pdf document above!]

This model is based on the Center for Watershed Protection’s Runoff Reduction Method. It is designed for property owners to estimate the loading of nutrients, specifically phosphorus and nitrogen, running off of their properties."


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  2. Glad to see posts like this that spread public awareness for implementing an effective stormwater control system that will benefit both nature and humans alike.

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