In 2014, Pennichuck Corporation and Comprehensive Environmental Inc. (CEI) met with the Planning Boards in the five watershed communities to present Pennichuck`s Watershed Restoration goals and efforts, and to discuss some of the common goals of Pennichuck and the Environmental Protection Agency`s (EPA`s) National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Small Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit program that the communities are subject to. The presentation focused on the following elements:
- Community benefits of watershed protection and recharge, using the Roof Leader Disconnection study performed by Pennichuck as an example;
- Pennichuck`s Watershed Restoration goals to reduce pollutant loads, promote groundwater recharge and reduce the infilling of ponds;
- Common goals between Pennichuck and the MS4 permit and opportunities to work together to meet these goals;
- Adoption of State stormwater design criteria at the local level to reduce runoff and pollution from new development;
- Pennichuck`s public education efforts with example outreach tools communities` can incorporate into their stormwater programs to encourage residents to minimize their stormwater footprint.
Click the provided link for a copy of the presentation, as provided to Amherst and Nashua. Note that the presentation was modified slightly for each community depending on their existing ordinance requirements and whether they were included in the Roof Leader Disconnection study results.