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2016 State of the Waters Workshop

We held our first annual State of the Waters Workshop on May 20, 2016, and are pleased with the results.  Participants included watershed organizations, regional planning commissions from both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and representatives of both state environmental departments.  Also in attendance was the Army Corps of Engineers and members from several different departments of the EPA.  Many of the groups gave brief presentations on a range of topics, including water quality monitoring, current projects, and future challenges.  There was a healthy discussion on many issues, but especially on how we can better work together, especially getting the water quality information to the public in an easier-to-digest way.  Thanks to all who attended.  We’re looking forward to seeing you next year!

Here’s the list of attendees, with links to the presentations:

Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission
Groundwork Lawrence
Lower Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee
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MA Coastal Zone Management
MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
MA Dept. Environmental Protection
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Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
Montachusett Regional Planning Commission
Nashua River Watershed Association
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NH Dept. Environmental Services
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Northern Middlesex Council of Governments
OARS
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Rockingham Regional Planning Commission
Shawsheen River Watershed Association
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission
US Army Corps of Engineers
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US Environmental Protection Agency
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Also included is the MRWC presentation: State of the Waterscs

Here is a pdf of all of the presentations together: StateoftheWatersAllPresentations

SotW picSome of the folks attending the first State of the Waters Workshop take a moment to ponder the many challenges the river faces.  The 2016 program was held in Lawrence, Mass.