Environment http://nhpr.org en Innovative Solar Farm To Be Built On Rutland Landfill http://nhpr.org/post/innovative-solar-farm-be-built-rutland-landfill Green Mountain Power broke ground in Rutland Tuesday on a new $10 million solar project that the utility says will not only generate clean energy, but also provide emergency back up power to parts of the city when needed.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/vpr/audio/2014/08/rutland-solar-vpr-20140813.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Solar arrays are sprouting up all over Rutland County and some of the larger ones have generated a fair amount of controversy and criticism.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Mayor Christopher </span>Louras<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said this latest project has Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:58:18 +0000 Nina Keck 53680 at http://nhpr.org Innovative Solar Farm To Be Built On Rutland Landfill NOAA Study: Cod Stocks Have Reached Historic Low http://nhpr.org/post/noaa-study-cod-stocks-have-reached-historic-low <p>A study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA finds that Atlantic Cod cod stocks have reached the lowest level ever.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Russ Brown, with the NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, says after researchers observed declining cod stocks in 2011, counts during the last fishing season showed cod populations continue to slide.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:57:16 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 53515 at http://nhpr.org NOAA Study: Cod Stocks Have Reached Historic Low Great Bay Habitat Continued Decline In 2013 http://nhpr.org/post/great-bay-habitat-continued-decline-2013 <p></p><p><a href="http://scholars.unh.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1241&amp;context=prep">Data released Friday</a> shows that a crucial piece of the ecosystem of the Great Bay estuary continued a seventeen-year downward trend.</p><p>Eel-grass is a big deal to the Great Bay. According to Rachel Rouillard, the executive director of the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP), “eelgrass is like our canary in the coal-mine, it’s a fundamental underpinning of the health and vitality of the whole system.”</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:11:59 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 53408 at http://nhpr.org Great Bay Habitat Continued Decline In 2013 N.H. Composters Say Rule Change Could Stir Growth In Business http://nhpr.org/post/nh-composters-say-rule-change-could-stir-growth-business <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Compost has long been the domain of farmers and gardeners, not city-folk, but with both Vermont and Massachusetts pushing ahead with bans on throwing away food waste, curb-side pickup of compost is set to become more commonplace.</span></p><p>Banning food-scraps from land-fills hasn’t come been high on the legislative agenda in New Hampshire, but with a few tweaks, towns could begin to turn to compost for another reason: to save money.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:09:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 52605 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Composters Say Rule Change Could Stir Growth In Business Power Lines, Railroads May Help New England Cottontail Population http://nhpr.org/post/power-lines-railroads-may-help-new-england-cottontail-population <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">DNA analysis of the endangered New England cottontail shows that power line rights of way, railroad edges and roadsides may help support their diminishing habitat.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:52:52 +0000 Associated Press 52431 at http://nhpr.org Power Lines, Railroads May Help New England Cottontail Population The Ins & Outs Of Star Island [Infographic] http://nhpr.org/post/ins-outs-star-island-infographic <p>As sustainable as Star Island's systems are, the folks at Star Island Corporation are working to make them even more efficient, making improvements that mean bringing less onto the island, sending less off, and making more use of what's there.</p><p>The graphic below outlines what comes onto the island - either naturally or shipped by boat - what gets sent off, and where everything goes in between.</p><p></p><p><strong>Notes:</strong></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:31:59 +0000 Sara Plourde 51871 at http://nhpr.org The Ins & Outs Of Star Island [Infographic] Star Island Seeks To Go Solar, Serve As Energy Example http://nhpr.org/post/star-island-seeks-go-solar-serve-energy-example <p>Star Island – a 43 acre spit of land in the isles of shoals, more than 6 miles off the New Hampshire coast – is installing enough solar panels to power roughly 30 homes and a battery array to back them up.</p><p>The island is home to a hotel and conference center run by a non-profit with close ties to the Unitarian Universalist Church. Its efforts to go solar are actually culmination of years of work that some think are a model for how the future of energy could look on the mainland.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:48:46 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 51781 at http://nhpr.org Star Island Seeks To Go Solar, Serve As Energy Example Implementation Of State Energy Plan Will Depend On Politics http://nhpr.org/post/implementation-state-energy-plan-will-depend-politics <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire officials are working on a new state energy strategy, which is supposed to be a roadmap to a new energy future, but politics may ultimately decide whether the strategy becomes reality.</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:06:08 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 51177 at http://nhpr.org Implementation Of State Energy Plan Will Depend On Politics Timber-Frame Architect Wins Competition With Wooden Sky-Scraper Column http://nhpr.org/post/timber-frame-architect-wins-competition-wooden-sky-scraper-column <p>Architect Tim Olson, from Bensonwood homes in Walpole, has a problem.</p><p>He and a friend have screwed together the first few pieces of a design project, called the Coopered Column, backwards.</p><p>“We’re looking at the plan upside down and assembling it, so we swapped the pieces,” he says laughing.</p><p>It’s understandable: there are 118 pieces – each one a big, meaty timber – and 250 screws to hold it all together.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50985 at http://nhpr.org Timber-Frame Architect Wins Competition With Wooden Sky-Scraper Column Infographic: The Science Behind Summer Storms http://nhpr.org/post/infographic-science-behind-summer-storms <p>With warming weather comes stormy weather - but why is that? If it's been a while since elementary school science class, catch up on the phenomena of summer thunderstorms and hail with this primer.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:30:20 +0000 Sara Plourde 50495 at http://nhpr.org Infographic: The Science Behind Summer Storms Environmental Group: Governors' Natural Gas Proposal Too Expensive, Rushed http://nhpr.org/post/environmental-group-governors-natural-gas-proposal-too-expensive-rushed <p></p><p><a href="http://www.clf.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CLF_Briefing_NESCO_Documents_Release_June2014.pdf">An Environmental Group says</a> regional energy policy makers and the natural gas industry have too cozy a relationship. To prove their case the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released a series of documents obtained by right to know requests. Those indicated therein say the claim is overblown.</p><p>The release highlights a growing unease in the environmental community toward bringing new natural gas pipeline into New England.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:20:40 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50794 at http://nhpr.org Environmental Group: Governors' Natural Gas Proposal Too Expensive, Rushed Arsenic Is Prevalent In Well Water, But Treatment Is Readily Available http://nhpr.org/post/arsenic-prevalent-well-water-treatment-readily-available <p></p><p><em>This is the second of two stories about arsenic in well-water.</em></p><p>Almost twenty years ago, Joe Ayotte got a well drilled at his house in Concord.</p><p>“As you can see it’s a bit of a mud-pit, and it’s very red,” says Ayotte surveying the site of his artesian well, which has since been retired from service, but continues to leach iron-stained water onto his lawn.</p><p>Ayotte had some bad luck. The well must have hit what he calls “rotten rock” and brought up massive amounts of minerals in the water, including so much iron that it destroyed his fixtures.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50520 at http://nhpr.org Arsenic Is Prevalent In Well Water, But Treatment Is Readily Available What You Should Know About Arsenic & Your Well Water [Infographic] http://nhpr.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-arsenic-your-well-water-infographic <p>Have you ever wondered how toxic elements like arsenic get into your well water? Do you know how many of New Hampshire's bedrock wells contain more arsenic than the EPA recommends for safe, potable water? If your well was one of them, would you know how to treat it?</p><p>Read through the graphic below to learn more about arsenic and well water.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:53:36 +0000 Sara Plourde 50362 at http://nhpr.org What You Should Know About Arsenic & Your Well Water [Infographic] 50,000 N.H. Wells At Risk Of High Arsenic, Negative Health Impacts http://nhpr.org/post/50000-nh-wells-risk-high-arsenic-negative-health-impacts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a house in Stoddard, a Cushing and Sons truck mounted rig pounds a drill bit into bedrock 90 feet below.</span></p><p>“What we’re hearing now is a pneumatic hammer,” says Bart Cushing, who together with his brother runs this family owned well-drilling business, “That’s a flat-based bit with carbide buttons. And it’s literally pounding the rock.”</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These artesian groundwater wells are the norm these days: something on the order of 95 percent of new wells are drilled into the bedrock.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50462 at http://nhpr.org 50,000 N.H. Wells At Risk Of High Arsenic, Negative Health Impacts "Bioblitz" Aims to Catalog All The Species In Two Square Miles In 24-Hours http://nhpr.org/post/bioblitz-aims-catalog-all-species-two-square-miles-24-hours <p></p><p>One of the state’s biggest environmental organizations is finishing the fundraising for a 1,300 acre conservation deal in North Conway. Once it’s finished, the land will be added to the 4,000 existing acres of the Nature Conservancy’s Green Hills Preserve, where it will provide recreation for people, and habitat for plants and animals.</p><p>But before the conservancy closes the deal it wants to know what it’s getting, and to figure that out it assembled plant and wildlife experts from all over the state for a sort of naturalist marathon.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:38:30 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 50144 at http://nhpr.org "Bioblitz" Aims to Catalog All The Species In Two Square Miles In 24-Hours