NOTICE OF BUILDING CLOSURE
EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Strafford County Courthouse will be closed to the public, with the following exceptions:
- Individuals who need to do business with Circuit and Superior Court clerk’s offices;
- Individuals involved in court hearings permitted by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Order dated March 16, 2020; and
- Individuals with pre-approved business with County or State personnel.
For those entering the Courthouse, a brief survey will be conducted to ensure the health and safety of yourself and personnel.
All essential State and County personnel will be allowed into the building to conduct business. Please be supportive and patient as we work together to fight this pandemic and keep our personnel safe. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.
Based on the potential devastating effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we are taking all steps suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to deter the disease’s progress. Strafford County’s Team has been working diligently and the closure of the Courthouse was determined the best course of action to continue to protect staff from the likely spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19).
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All individuals on the county complex continue to work diligently to decrease the risk of transmission of COVID-19 into any building.
We remain closed to all non-essential individuals.
Individuals employed and those who need to enter to conduct essential business continue to go through screening prior to entry to any building. In addition to screening all those that enter the buildings are wearing a face covering when they are within 6 feet of others, this is to achieve source control as many people can be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic carriers. The masks are intended to decrease the risk of potential transmission of the virus to others. We wear the masks to protect others. A face covering is either a cloth masks with a minimum 2 layers of fabric or a surgical/procedure mask. All buildings continue to aggressively keep anyone out of the building that has had exposure to the virus as well as those that are symptomatic.
The House of Corrections(HOC), Riverside Rest Home (RRH) and The Strafford County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) continue to conduct routine screenings of everyone that reside in the buildings. Both facilities have also identified specific areas to move individuals if anyone is identified as having either potential exposure or who has shown symptoms suspicious of COVID-19. The Nursing Home, HOC, and Sheriff’s office all have access to the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be able to safely interact with any individual that is suspected or is positive for COVID-19.
Testing: Like many others across the nation, we are limited in our availability for testing however we do have access to testing for someone who may become symptomatic. As of today we do not have any positive cases on the Strafford County Complex.
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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.
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