The RPC is launching a new project designed to improve and protect water quality in the Powwow River Watershed. RPC needs local knowledge of existing pollution problems and potential sources of pollution. Representatives from towns in the watershed - Seabrook, Kensington, East Kingston, Kingston, Danville, Sandown, Hampstead, Newton and South Hampton – will participate on a working group. This collaborative working group will serve as a forum for sharing local knowledge about the watershed with other stakeholders.
The Powwow River watershed is largely rural and undeveloped and so threats to water quality are not always obvious. Data from the NH Department of Environmental Services indicate there are serious water quality impairments, and a need to gain a better understanding of the sources of water pollution. RPC will compile information about existing water quality problems, land use, impervious surface cover, and sensitive resources and habitat areas to create a water quality profile of the watershed.
The primary goal of the Powwow River Watershed Collaborative is to identify effective strategies to improve water quality and protect existing high quality water and natural resources. To accomplish this, collaboration across municipal boundaries and among watershed stakeholders is key!
Maps and informational Resources
|Map 1||Wildlife Action Plan Priority Habitats|
|Map 2||Conservation Priority Lands|
|Map 3||Wellhead Protection & Aquifers|
|Map 4||Land Use|
|Map 5||Impervious Surfaces|
|Map NR2||Impaired Surface Waters|
|Map 6||Septic System Inventory|
|Septic System Inventory data|
Pollutant Load-Hot Spot Map Set (prepared by the UNH Stormwater Center and NH GRANIT)
Kingston - Total Phosphorous, Total Nitrogen, Total Suspended Solids
Newton - Total Phosphorous, Total Nitrogen, Total Suspended Solids
Sandown - Total Phosphorous, Total Nitrogen, Total Suspended Solids
Pollutant Load-Hot Spot data
Municipal Audit Report and Municipal Audit data
Outreach Materials on water quality protection: yard waste, healthy lawns, be the solution to water pollution
Powwow River Watershed Fact Sheet
Funding for this project was provided in part by a Watershed Assistance Grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services with Clean Water Act Section 604(b) funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.