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Regulatory compliance with the EPA requires Strafford County to make their “Stormwater Management Program” (SWMP) publicly noticed. In addition, links to a number of informative bulletins from the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) that cover best management practices for Stormwater Management are included for further reading as part of the County’s educational outreach.
WHAT IS STORMWATER
Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. In a forest, meadow, or other natural environment, stormwater usually soaks into the ground and is naturally filtered. When forests and meadows are developed, they are commonly replaced with impervious surfaces such as houses, buildings, roads and parking lots. Impervious surfaces prevent stormwater from soaking into the ground, which create excess stormwater runoff.
Excess stormwater runoff can create problems when stream channels have to accommodate more flow than nature intended. When this happens, flooding is more frequent, banks erode, and the groundwater table is lowered. Stormwater can also become polluted with trash and debris, vehicle fluids, pesticides and fertilizers, pet waste, sediment, road salt and other pollutants when it flows over impervious surfaces, lawns, and other developed areas. These pollutants get picked up with the stormwater runoff and eventually flow untreated into nearby lakes, streams and other bodies of water. The end result is to render these recreational and wildlife areas unsafe for swimming and creating an unsafe habitat for fish and other wildlife.
Stormwater pollution is one of the leading causes of water pollution nationally. Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, i.e., point source pollution, which is caused by a discrete number of sources that are easily identified, stormwater pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere.
In New Hampshire, stormwater has been identified as contributing to over 90% of the surface water quality impairments in the state. All across New Hampshire, communities, businesses and property owners are experiencing the challenge of managing stormwater to protect the state’s water resources and to balance the need for a healthy environment with the need for social and economic growth.
EXCESSIVE STORMWATER RUNOFF IMPACTS
Excessive stormwater runoff can carry pollutants to receiving waters that impact a wide range of water quality issues including:
- Shellfish bed closures due to bacterial contamination.
- Swimming beach closures due to bacterial contamination.
- Pathogenic bacteria/viruses from fecal material in pet waste.
- Toxic cyanobacterial algal growth from excess nutrients in runoff.
- Toxicity from ammonia, metals, organic compounds, pesticides, and other contaminants.
- Depleted dissolved oxygen levels due to increased oxygen demand from biodegradable organic material – leading to oxygen deprivation of aquatic organisms.
- Contamination of groundwater aquifers with soluble organic chemicals, metals, nitrates, and salt.
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT FOR HOMEOWNERS
Virtually all water pollution problems in New Hampshire are caused by stormwater runoff from the roads we travel, the buildings and parking lots we visit, and even the homes in which we live. Every single property has the potential to contribute to water pollution. Every property owner can also be part of the solution to water pollution. NHDES has created a comprehensive guidance document and a hands-on voluntary program to assist New Hampshire home and small business owners in reducing water pollution.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCE LINKS
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March 21, 2019
After a five (5) month public budgetary process, the Strafford County Legislative Delegation unanimously approved the Strafford County Commissioners’ Proposed 2019 Budget as presented on March 13, 2019. The budget funds all County operations and all Union contracts negotiated for the 2019 calendar year.
Commissioners Maglaras, Watson, and Rollo were very pleased that their Proposed Budget was under the tax caps for the Strafford County cities of Dover, Somersworth, and Rochester. This is the tenth (10th) year in a row that we have accomplished this.
Commissioner Maglaras reports that he is pleased that we continue to find ways to enhance County services while honoring the three cities’ tax caps. Commissioner Rollo stated that the budget also includes fair and responsible increased compensation for all our employees. Commissioner Watson added that the pay and benefit adjustments keep Strafford County competitive in a very tight labor market and recognizes how much we appreciate the hard work of all our employees.
An increase in revenues for inmate boarding at the Strafford County House of Corrections was a key factor in balancing expenses and revenues. The cooperation of all our Elected Officials and Department Heads has produced a great budget for the taxpayers.
We appreciate the hard work and support of Chairman Peter Schmidt and the Strafford County Legislative Delegation in their review and unanimous support of the 2019 budget.
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Effective Date: August 1, 2015
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