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Title: Salmon Falls Collaborative October 27 Workshop


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Salmon Falls Collaborative October 27 Workshop
  • Paul Susca, NH DES
  • Andy Tolman, ME CDC

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SFWC Project Area
  • Salmon Falls River Watershed
  • Approx. 250 square mile coastal watershed
  • Includes over a dozen towns in ME and NH
  • Surface water and multiple groundwater public
    water systems within watershed
  • Increasing development pressures and degraded
    water quality, but little watershed-wide focus to
    date

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SFWC Project Overview the Plan
  • One-day workshop focused on defining
    watershed-wide approaches and priorities for
    source water projection
  • Blueprint for action
  • Post-workshop priority action implementation
  • Timeline (18-21 months)
  • Workshop in Fall 2010
  • 9 months lead time for workshop planning
  • 6-12 months to implement low-cost, high priority
    actions after workshop

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Project Partners
  • Project lead PREP
  • Core planning team MECDC, NHDES, EPA Region 1,
    City of Somersworth, PREP
  • SWC
  • Multiple project partners/supporters
  • Workshop participants

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Support We Requested from SWC
  • Financial Support (5K) venue, facilitator,
    post-workshop implementation project
  • SWC Member Support encourage local
    members/affiliates participation
  • Esp. GSRWA, MRWA, NHWWA
  • Marketing for Change assistance
  • Liaison to SWC
  • Assist project planning team
  • Post-workshop communication assistance

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Project Transferability
  • Watershed-wide approach involving many partners
  • Local-regional-state partners
  • Bi-state collaboration
  • Integrating source water protection with
    watershed planning and land conservation efforts
  • New partnership opportunity 28 coastal watershed
    programs across the country are part of the USEPA
    National Estuary Program

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Workshop Approach
  • We share
  • Values
  • Concerns
  • Common goals
  • Current work
  • Identify actions that we can take
  • Set short-term priorities
  • Consider long-term strategies to keep our
    drinking water safe

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Values
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Concerns
  • What weve already lost
  • Water pollution and dams
  • The future what we stand to lose
  • Conversion of forests to developed land
  • Spread of impervious area
  • Increased pollution
  • Increased water treatment costs
  • Streams drying up?

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Indicators of the workshops success
  • 75 participants with diverse
  • Affiliation
  • Geography
  • Expertise

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Affiliation
  1. Federal government
  2. State government
  3. Municipal/county govt.
  4. University/college
  5. Community/nonprofit group
  6. Concerned citizen
  7. Business /consultant
  8. Elected official
  9. Other

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Field of Expertise
  1. Regulatory
  2. Planning/Land Use
  3. Engineering/Public Works
  4. Stewardship
  5. Education
  6. Science/Water Research
  7. Drinking Water
  8. Land Conservation
  9. Other

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Indicators of the workshops success
  • 75 participants with diverse
  • Affiliation
  • Geography
  • Expertise
  • Engaged

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1.) My work contributes to the protection of water
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Primary Role in protecting water
23 (16 participants) drinking water
19 (13 participants) water education and outreach
16 (11 participants) water science and research
14 (10 participants) planning and land use
10 (7 participants) land conservation
7 (5 participants) engineering and public works
6 (4 participants) regulatory arena
3 (2 participants) citizen or business stewardship of water
3 (2 participants) other
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Top successful elements of the event
  • Number, diversity, and appropriateness of
    participants
  • Constructive tone willingness of participants to
    engage
  • Christine Feurts role in designing the workshop
  • Local case studies (Acton-Wakefield, Somersworth)
    and empowering speakers (NEMO) gave the workshop
    a positive, can-do tone. More time spent on
    potential solutions than on describing problems.
  • Use of keypad polling, keeping agenda on track,
    moving forward, allowing everyone to be heard
    without bogging down the discussion

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Preliminary ResultsWorking Across Borders in the
Salmon Falls Watershed
  • Raw data from keypad polling
  • October 27, 2010

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Priorities - Information
  1. Inventory Potential Contamination Sources
  2. Single ME NH Report Maps
  3. Water Quality Sampling
  4. Historic Sampling
  5. LID Model Ordinance
  6. Water Audit
  7. Economic Analysis
  8. List of Contact from Today

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Priorities Land Conservation
  1. Conservation Planning Focus Areas
  2. Municipal Funding for Land Conservation
  3. Link to Land Conservation Network
  4. Mitigation Ready Projects
  5. Fund Land Conservation w/ land use change
  6. Fund Land Conservation for Drinking Water
    Protection w/ Impact Fees
  7. Resource for Funding Opportunities

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Conservation Priorities Runoff PollHow to Fund
Land Conservation
  1. Conservation Planning Focus Areas
  2. Municipal Funding for Land Conservation
  3. Link to Land Conservation Network
  4. Mitigation Ready Projects
  5. Fund Land Conservation w/ land use change
  6. Fund Land Conservation for Drinking Water
    Protection w/ Impact Fees
  7. Resource for Funding Opportunities

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Priorities - Planning
  1. Drinking Water Source Protection Plans
  2. Natural Resource Inventory
  3. Water Resource Chapter in Municipal Conservation
    Plans
  4. Identify Define Erosion Hazard Area
  5. Build-out Analysis
  6. Gap Analysis of Ordinances
  7. Stormwater Utility Feasibility Study

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Priorities - Regulation
  1. Required Conservation Subdivision
  2. Shoreland Zoning
  3. Conservation Focus Area Overlay District
  4. Low Impact Development Ordinance
  5. Local Stormwater Management Regulation
  6. Local Drinking Water Protection Ordinance
  7. High Quality Water Designation CWA

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Priorities - Education
  1. Library of Electronic Maps
  2. Multi Media Outreach Toolbox
  3. Training for Municipal Officials
  4. UNH Stormwater Center Tour
  5. Road Sand/Salt Training for Municipal Staff
  6. LID Demonstration Project
  7. Engage Youth Families
  8. Advocacy for BMP/Legis.
  9. School Based Programs

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What Made This Workshop Different
  • Focused on the resource (watershed) rather than
    statewide
  • Intense collaborative effort planning the
    workshop no dominant leader
  • Process employed in workshop
  • Not primarily data-driven
  • Designed around social-sciences model of
    collaborative learning for ecosystem management
    brought to the project by Chris Feurt.

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Role of Source Water Collaborativein Workshops
Success
  • Concept was dormant for years cross-border
    barriers to watershed thinking
  • EoI process was catalyst to get project off the
    ground.
  • Getting the right people on the planning team and
    participating in the workshop.
  • SWC covered cost of meeting facility

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Next Steps
  • Planning team meets 11/16
  • LID education outreach?
  • Funding guide?
  • Road show?
  • PREP applying for grant from NHDES
  • Communication plan maintain momentum
  • Need to start ASAP help from SaltergtMitchell?
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