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The New Hampshire Estuaries Project (NHEP) Management Plan, published in 2000, sets forth three goals related to estuarine water quality in the State’s coastal watershed, and twenty Water Quality Action Plans to implement these goals. The goals direct the NHEP to: 1) ensure that New Hampshire’s estuarine waters and tributaries will meet standards for pathogenic bacteria including fecal coliform, E. coli, and Enterocci; 2) ensure that New Hampshire’s estuarine waters, tributaries, sediments, and edible portions of fish, shellfish, other aquatic life, and wildlife will meet standards for priority contaminants such as metals, PCBs, PAHs, and oil and grease; and, 3) ensure that New Hampshire’s estuarine waters and tributaries will meet standards for organic and inorganic nutrients, specifically nitrogen, phosphorous, chlorophyll A (freshwater), dissolved oxygen, and biological oxygen demand (BOD). Action Plan WQ-16, “Find funding sources for key water quality strategies,” directs the NHEP to develop a database of potential funding sources to implement Water Quality Action Plans outlined in its Management Plan. In May 2004, the NHEP began implementation of Action WQ- 16. Two tables comprise this database. Table 1 summarizes specific federal, state, and nonprofit funding programs whose objectives overlap Water Quality Action Plans from the Management Plan. Table 2 lists references, including web pages and electronic documents, which can serve as general resources for parties interested in implementing water quality protection and improvement goals. This document summarizes the NHEP Water Quality Database contents as of June 2004. Funding availability, contact information, and program objectives were compiled based on information available at this time and are subject to change.


Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership

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New Hampshire Estuaries Project

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