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NH Department of Health and Human Services Urges Residents to Take Precautions Against Multiple Diseases Carried by Ticks
Press Release: May 16, 2017
Concord, NH – The ticks are already out in New Hampshire, and the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) wants to remind people living in and visiting the State to take precautions against being bitten by ticks and potentially exposed to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. New Hampshire has one of the highest incidence rates of Lyme in the country. According to the DHHS Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), there were an estimated 1,373 cases of Lyme disease identified in the State in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available.
For the full press release click here.
Study Shows that the Vulnerability of Granite Staters in Hot Weather and Prompts New Actions to Protect Public Health
Press Release: May 10, 2017
Concord, NH — A new study of heat and its impact on health in three New England states including New Hampshire, provides local information about how much people’s health suffers in hot weather. The study, published this week in the journal Environmental Research, shows that hospital emergency department visits and deaths from all causes in Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island increased significantly, by 7.5 and 5.1 percent, respectively, on days when the heat index reached 95 degrees as compared with days with a maximum heat index of 75 degrees. Heat index is a combined measure of heat and humidity that reflects what the weather feels like as higher humidity makes conditions feel even warmer during hot weather.
Click here to view the full press release.
Request for Proposals for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Assistance Program
Deadline June 20, 2017

On April 18th, EPA released the 2017 Request for Proposals for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Assistance Program.  The DERA grant program seeks to reduce diesel emissions through a variety of activities, including engine modifications and vehicle and engine replacements.  Projects can be reimbursed for 25 percent to 100 percent of the project cost.   Eligible projects include replacement of diesel vehicles/engines in on-road trucks, buses, trains, marine vessels, construction equipment, non-road vehicles and generators.  The maximum amount of Federal funds that can be requested per proposal is $950,000.  Proposals are due not later that Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time in order to be considered for funding.  NHDES is available to assist with the development of applications for these competitive federal funds.

Eligible entities include regional, state, or local agencies, tribal governments (or intertribal consortia) and native villages, or port authorities, which have jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and nonprofit organizations or institutions that: a) represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or b) have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.

Please distribute this information to your stakeholders and agencies (i.e. municipal public works departments, transit/school bus operators, fire departments, etc.) that could benefit from this program.  There is additional information on the DERA program available on the EPA website at:
https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel 

Additionally, NHDES will also have some limited DERA funding (approximately $150,000) available through the State Clean Diesel Program.  Funding is available for businesses, individuals and local or state agencies with vehicles and equipment operating primarily in New Hampshire.  Additional information on this funding is available at:
https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-state-allocations  
New blog post by the NH Watershed Protection and Restoration Forum
Ever wonder why being near, in, on or under the water makes you feel so good?

Find out from New York Times Best Selling Author Wallace J. Nichols at the 2017 Congress – early bird registration ends May 15
 
On Friday, June 2, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of the New York Times Best Seller Blue Mind, will present the keynote address “Blue Lakes, Blue Mind—Go Deeper” at the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) 2017 Lakes Congress.
Blue Mind is the surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or underwater can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do.
 
The 2017 Lakes Congress, presented by the Grappone Automotive Group and hosted by NH LAKES, will be held on the evening of Thursday, June 1, and all-day on Friday, June 2, at the Inn at Church Landing along beautiful Meredith Bay.
Approximately 200 lake enthusiasts, natural resource professionals, and state agency staff, municipal officials, and business leaders will gather together at this 24th annual education, training, and networking event.
 
The event will kick off on the evening of Thursday, June 1, with Ron Guilmette, author and photographer, who will present his award-winning coffee-table book Islands of Winnipesaukee. This exquisite book documents the author’s kayaking adventures to all of Lake Winnipesaukee’s 250+ islands, and contains more than
275 photos and many interesting anecdotes and fun facts about the lake and its islands. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event and the author will be available for signings.
 
On Friday, June 2, after the ground-breaking keynote address on Blue Mind delivered by Dr. Wallace, attendees will have a deeper understanding of their personal connection to water and inspiration to help others tune into the ‘Blue Mind’ mindset. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of workshop sessions addressing topics including lake-friendly landscaping, dealing with wildlife conflicts at the water’s edge, maintaining dirt roads, managing runoff water, preventing and managing aquatic invasive species, and much more.
 
To learn more about the 2017 Lakes Congress and to register, visit www.nhlakes.org/lakes-congress. Register by Monday, May 15, to receive early-bird discounted rates.
 
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Office of Energy and Planning 4/29/17 Planning and Zoning Conference

The Office of Energy and Planning held its 23rd annual Planning and Zoning conference on Saturday, April 29, 2017.   We had 374 people registered for the conference from 115 communities throughout the state.   It was a great conference thanks to all of the speakers, participants, and volunteers!

The presentation slides and handouts from the conference sessions are now available on the Office of Energy and Planning website. Click here to visit their webpage.

The link to these presentations will also be available under External Resources and on our Latest News page.
LRPC's 46th Annual Meeting, June 26, 2017
UPDATE
Planning for the LRPC Annual Meeting, is well underway! 
Tickets on sale now!

The deadline for award nominations, May 8th, is fast approaching and the deadline for sponsorships is right behind it on May 15th. So don't delay! Get your nomination forms in today! Links with more information are below.

Invitations for the event are being printed but why wait? Reserve your tickets today by clicking here! Act fast, though, because space is limited. You can either purchase your tickets through Eventbrite or reserve them and pay via check or through Paypal. If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact LRPC Executive Assistant Laurel Briere by email or phone at 603-279-5334.

                A photo of a large white tent on a grassy lawn with tables and chairs set up underneath
Photo from Wolfeboro Inn webpage
Award Nominations:
Please click here for more information about the awards and how to submit nominations. Please note that all nomination forms must be received by May 8th to be considered.

Nomination Forms:
The Kim Ayers Award
The Award of Excellence
The Community Service Award

Sponsorship information:
Please click here for more information on the sponsorship levels and how to reach us. Any sponsors need to be confirmed by May 15th to be included in the meeting announcements.

Safe Routes to School - Funding Availability
A limited pool of funds is available to plan for Safe Routes to School (SRTS). Awards are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Potential sponsors should contact John Corrigan, SRTS Coordinator for an orientation and required pre-application workshop. This one hundred percent reimbursement program offers three types of non-infrastructure awards:
  • Startup - up to $5,000 per school. Examples include bicycle and pedestrian safety programs; incentive prizes such as helmets, pedometers, and water bottles for participating youngsters; healthy snacks for children and volunteers; and costs for publicizing an event. Startup awards are a good way to support an event during both Bike-to-School Day or International Walk-to-School Day and Month.
  • Travel Plans - up to $15,000 per school. Communities are often assisted by their Regional Planning Commission (RPC) to develop travel plans. The purpose is to: illustrate the connections between residential neighborhoods and nearby schools; define the best existing or potential route or routes between destinations; most plans identify infrastructure needed to make the route safe and convenient for children; and describe any non-infrastructure efforts to encourage use of the new and existing facilities. Awards can include up to $5,000 per school for engineering consulting services.
  • General Non-infrastructure - up to $10,000. For communities that have initiated SRTS programs or may need more funds than are available under the startup awards. These will be particularly useful in communities that have already built new infrastructure but need to work on encouraging safe walking and bicycling.
Application forms can be found on the New Hampshire SRTS website. They are filed with your Regional Planning Commission and the NHDOT. Funds will be available for communities that can organize programs scheduled for completion by the end of August 2018
LRPC's 46th Annual Meeting, June 26, 2017
Some updates as we plan our upcoming event
Spring is here! That means it's time to plan our biggest event of the year: The Lakes Region Planning Commission Annual Meeting. This meeting is an opportunity to celebrate everything that we've accomplished in the past year, and present awards to several individuals and organizations for their contributions to the Lakes Region. 

This year the meeting is going to be held at the beautiful Wolfeboro Inn on Monday, June 26. We've invited the Honorable Governor Christopher T. Sununu to be our keynote speaker for the evening.

A photo of a white gazebo on a grassy lawn
Photo by Wolfeboro Inn

Currently we're in the process of reaching out to many businesses and organizations in the area to see if they'd be interested in sponsoring the event. Unfortunately, we're not always able to reach everyone who'd like to help. If you or your organization are interesting in sponsoring the Annual Meeting please click here for more information on the sponsorship levels and how to reach us. Any sponsors need to be confirmed by May 15th to be included in the meeting announcements.

We're also looking for nominations for several awards given during the event. Please click here for more information about the awards and how to submit nominations. If you'd like to nominate any individual or organization for any of these awards, links to the nomination forms are below. Please note that all nomination forms must be received by May 8th to be considered.

The Kim Ayers Award
The Award of Excellence
The Community Service Award

​Northern Border Regional Commission Accepting Applications
Information sessions set for Wolfeboro and Lancaster
 Applications for projects that strengthen economic and infrastructure development in the state’s four rural counties are now available from the Northern Border Regional Commission.
 
Created by the US Congress in 2008 to offset challenging economies in the rural Northeast, the commission seeks applications to fund projects across the 36-county region of northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. New Hampshire organizations in Carroll, Coos, Sullivan and within eligible communities in Grafton Counties can apply; applications are due June 2.
 
Grant proposals can be for projects including transportation, telecommunication and basic public infrastructure; workforce development; entrepreneurship, technology, or business development; resource conservation, tourism and recreation, or publicly owned renewable energy development and projects for basic health care and other public services are also eligible.
 
Information sessions will be held from 1-3 pm, April 7 at the Wolfeboro Town Hall and 1-3 pm, April 10 at the North Country Resources Center, Lancaster.
 
The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development will coordinate applications for the state. When the rankings are complete, Gov. Chris Sununu will put forward the priority projects to the commission.
 
In 2016, the NRBC awarded 12 grants, totaling over $1.5 million to the towns of Northumberland; Littleton, Ashland and the city of Berlin; the Grafton Regional Development Corp.: the New England Ski Museum; River Valley Community College; the University of New Hampshire; Solider On; Tri-County CAP; Friends of Wentworth Park; the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development and the Eastern Slope Airport, Fryeburg, Maine, part of a multi-state application.
 
For more information about applying for the grant program, contact Mollie Kaylor at the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development at 271-2341 or mollie.kaylor@dred.nh.gov. The application package is available at http://nbrc.gov/.
Register Now for the 2017 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference
Clean drinking water is vital to public health and the potential for future economic development. Even very small quantities of contaminating substances in lakes, rivers, or aquifers can limit their use as sources of clean drinking water. Local land use policy, open space planning, and conservation tailored to protecting these resources promote public health and ensure a long-term supply of clean drinking water. Consequently, there are important roles for local officials to play in protecting currently operating public water systems as well as water resources that can serve as future sources of drinking water.
 
Each year, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) convenes a conference concerning how to protect local drinking water resources that is designed for local planners, conservation commissioners, water supply managers, and other local leaders. This conference has become the largest drinking water “source protection” event in New England and is the only statewide event focused solely on how to protect local sources of drinking water.
 
Thursday, May 18, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) will hold its 2017 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. This is the largest drinking water source protection event in New England! This year’s conference will feature presentations on:
  • PFCs and other emerging contaminants
  • Land conservation and its benefits to drinking water source protection
  • Status of the Drought and efforts to manage its impacts
  • Sessions that discuss the challenges of toxic cyanobacteria for drinking water sources
….and many more interesting source protection topics!

The conference fee is $60 and includes lunch and refreshments. Qualifies for 5.0 Technical Credit Hours NH Water Works Operator Certification Program.

REGISTER at the American Ground Water Trust website
Registration questions? Contact Win Saltmarsh at AGWT: wsaltmarsh@agwt.org or 603-228-5444.
Other questions? Contact Amy Hudnor at NHDES: amy.hudnor@des.nh.gov or 603-271-2950.
Healthy Living Active Living - New Healthy Food and Food Access Report
2/14/17

During the fall of 2016, an assessment was conducted of healthy food access activities and initiatives across the statewide HEAL Community Network. The aim was to identify opportunities to better integrate and elevate food-systems work throughout the network.

This newly published report includes an extensive inventory of projects across the network and recommended actions for improving access to healthy foods within communities, schools, workplaces, and hospitals.

Click here to view the report
Public Notice
2/10/17

The Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, as Lead Agency for Carroll County Regional Coordinating Council (CCRCC) will be submitting applications for up to $120,246 of FTA Section 5310 Purchase of Service funding for FY18-19 and $32,385 of FTA Section 5310 Formula Funding for FY18. The purpose of this funding is to expand transportation services for the elderly and disabled in Carroll County. Transportation providers currently accessing these funds are Tri-County CAP, the Gibson Center for Senior Services, and Carroll County RSVP. It is anticipated those providers will again provide eligible service, but any other interested transportation providers serving the elderly and disabled in Carroll County contact Nicholas Altonaga no later than February 13, 2017 to inquire about funding eligibility.

All questions or comments can be directed towards Nicholas Altonaga, North Country Council, (603) 444-6303, ext. 21, David Jeffers Lakes Region Planning Commission (603) 279-5341, or Jac Cuddy, Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, Executive Director, (603) 447-6622.

Posted:

North Country Council website

Lakes Region Planning Commission website

Carroll County RCC website


Be Well Informed About Your Well Water
1/26/17
Have you had your well water tested recently? New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) recommends private well owners test their well water every three to five years for pollutants commonly found in New Hampshire's groundwater. The NHDES has created a tool to help you understand your water test results and, if your well water does have any pollutants in it, provide information about health concerns and water treatment choices.
 
Visit the Well Informed Guide on the NHDES website for more information and to enter your well water test results.

What is LUCA?
1/20/17
The 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Operation. Click here to learn more about what it is and how you can become a part of it.