- Announcements & Upcoming Events
Developing a Powwow River Watershed Plan
How Good is Brentwood's Water?
Exeter Epping Road Sidewalk Project Awarded TAP Funding
Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Round Coming Soon

RPC's News & Notes

January 2017

Step One in Developing a Powwow River Watershed Plan
Funded by the NHDES 604(b) Water Quality Planning Grants program, the RPC will launch a new project in early 2017 to organize a collaborative working group to address water quality in the Powwow River watershed. Despite its rural nature, the watershed has areas of high development potential and a number of impaired waterbodies which impact aquatic life and recreation. The Powwow River watershed includes the towns of Sandown, Danville, Hampstead, Newton, Kingston, East Kingston, Kensington, South Hampton and Seabrook. Municipal representatives, lake associations, and other watershed stakeholders will be invited to learn about the sources of pollution and impairments, and what might be done to improve water quality though land management, stewardship and restoration activities. The project will coordinate with neighboring jurisdictions in MA, including the City of Amesbury, Town of Merrimac and state agencies. An effective stakeholder working group is a first step toward preparation of a comprehensive watershed management plan. Stay tuned for updates on this project or contact Julie LaBranche at RPC for more information.
 Brentwood Asks: "How Good is Our Water?"
The Brentwood Planning Board has been protecting water quality in Town for decades; adopting its first wetlands ordinance in 1985 and in 1991 both an aquifer protection district and a shoreland protection district. In 2013, the Town adopted its first stormwater management ordinance (see Brentwood Zoning Ordinance for details). In an effort to continue insuring high water quality in Town the Board decided to hire Truslow Resource Consulting LLC to undertake surface water quality testing. The goal was two-fold: to establish a baseline of information about existing surface water quality and to determine if there are any water quality issues that should be addressed.  Sampling locations were determined and three rounds of testing were performed during 2016. Water quality was revealed to be good at all locations although several samples revealed findings that should be further monitored. The Town will continue the sampling through 2017. The final report was prepared by Truslow Resource Consulting.
Exeter Epping Road Sidewalk Project Awarded TAP Funding
NHDOT has announced projects selected in the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) 2016 funding round. One project was funded from the RPC region – Exeter’s proposal to connect sidewalks on Winter Street, Spring Street and Epping Road and provide safer pedestrian crossings at the intersections of Warren Street/Epping Road and Brentwood Road/Epping Road. Statewide 46 applications were submitted requesting a total of $25 million in federal funding. This compares to approximately $5.4 million pool available statewide for the two year funding round. In the RPC region alone, seven full proposals were received requesting $4,541,502 in federal funding. TAP one of the main sources of federal funding available to communities for sidewalks, bicycle routes, rail trails and other safety improvements for people walking and riding bicycles. The next TAP funding cycle will begin in early 2018. Contact Scott Bogle with RPC or Tom Jameson at NHDOT with questions.
Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) Round Coming Soon - Stay Tuned
NHDOT expects to announce a new round of Federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) Program funding in late January or early February. The CMAQ program funds projects that quantifiably improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion, and offers up to an 80% Federal funding share. Previously funded CMAQ projects include traffic signal coordination and other traffic flow improvements, diesel engine retrofits, ridesharing initiatives, bike/ped projects, transit vehicle replacement and new transit service pilot projects. A portion of funds in the coming round will be prioritized for public transit bus replacement, given aging fleets at many of the state’s transit providers. Approximately $20 million will be available for the four year funding round. RPC will forward the funding notice when published. Potential applicants are encouraged to begin project development now in anticipation of an accelerated solicitation timeline. Contact Scott Bogle with RPC or Tom Jameson at NHDOT with questions; or visit the NHDOT CMAQ Program page.
Annoucements & Upcoming Events
RPC Commissioners Meeting - 2/8 at 7:00
Location and Agenda to be posted on RPC's Meetings page soon.

Long Range Transportation Plan and State Ten Year Plan Project Solicitation - Due 3/3 
Visit RPC's Project Solicitation & Selection page for more information.

Upcoming Winter Farmers' Markets
1/14 & 2/11 from 10-2 at Exeter High School in Exeter
1/21 & 2/4 from 10-2 at Rolling Green Nursery in Greenland

Save the Date! - NH/ME Beaches Conference 
7/14 in Wells, ME 
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