Sam Evans-Brown

Environment and Education Reporter

 

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for  New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. His work has won several local broadcast journalism awards, and he was a 2013 Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Media Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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Environment
5:43 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Durham's Third Way: One Great Bay Community Blazing A New Trail To Clean Water?

Durham Town Engineer Dave Cedarholm shows off one of the rain gardens installed as alternative an storm water control in Durham.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Several   seacoast communities have been ordered to upgrade their waste-water treatment plants by the EPA.But towns are pushing back on the question of how much the plants need to improve.

Durham is in that boat. The town is trying a new approach to pollution control called adaptive management. And depending on how things go for Durham, this could be the way the way towns and the EPA will resolve difficult and expensive water problems going forward.

The Nitrogen Numbers

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NH News
9:26 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Eagle Returns To Portsmouth

The Eagle approaches the Memorial Bridge
Credit Roger Wood / NHPR

America’s Tall Ship has returned to New Hampshire. The 300 foot long U.S. Coast Guard sailing ship Eagle, is now docked at the  State Pier.  “I think it was spectacular," says Judy Miller of Portsmouth was one of dozens of people lining the pier located nearest  to the newly rebuilt Memorial Bridge. "Gorgeous day.  I think everyone just enjoyed watching a very historic day.” She watched as the Eagle seemed to barely clear the raised center span.“I think it’s a great great moment.

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Education
4:47 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

State's Largest Head Start Program Feels Sequester Pinch

Federal sequester cuts are starting to sting for the state’s largest Head Start program. Southern New Hampshire Services has received a grant that is about 5 percent smaller than last years. SNHS provides pre-k programs for low-income families in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services announced a grant of $5.3 million on Wednesday, or about $300,000 less than last year.

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Environment
6:09 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

EPA 'Water Chief' Tours UNH Stormwater Center

Durham's town engineer Dave Cedarholm shows off one of the towns several rain gardens. The town hopes innovative "green infrastructure" like this will help them avoid expensive waste water treatment plant upgrades.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The chief regulator of EPA’s Water division visited Durham Wednesday to check out the town’s collaboration with UNH to create innovative solutions to pollution in storm-water runoff. Town officials used the opportunity to underscore a new approach to achieving clean water.

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Foodstuffs
4:24 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Hotel Beekeeper Takes To The Roof

The three hives on the Marriott's roof are a breed of Italian bees, common to commercial and hobbyist beekeepers.
Sam Evans-Brown NHPR

By all accounts, New Hampshire is in the midst of a bee-boom: bee classes and clubs are overflowing with new members. And a conference center in Concord that has caught the bug, but had to overcome a unique challenge to keep bees.

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Environment
4:37 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Citing Low Participation, PSNH To Phase Out Green Energy Program

Weighted for Population, government data rank New Hampshire around 12th for voluntary purchase of "green" power, and last in New England.
Credit National Renewable Energy Laboratory / NREL

Regulators have given Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electric utility, permission to phase out its EarthSmart Green rate, which allows customers pay more to support renewable energy. PSNH asked for relief from the program because just 148 customers are signed up; that’s about .04 percent percent of their customers.

But it’s a phenomenon that isn’t unique to PSNH. In general New Hampshire rate-payers haven’t been convinced to switch to more expensive renewable rates.

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Environment
10:04 am
Wed July 17, 2013

VIDEO: Oyster Farming With Fat Dog

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

On the dock of Great Bay Marine, there’s what looks like a little raft tied up, but get close and you hear the hum of a water pump. This is where Fat Dog Oyster Company is based.

Reporter Sam Evans-Brown recently spent a day with Jay Baker and Alex Boeri of Fat Dog for his story on the boom in oystering in N.H.'s Great Bay Estuary. You can check out more of his photos and sound in this 2-minute video:

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NH News
4:45 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Electric Grid Operators Call For Conservation, Expect Near Record Demand

Power grid operators expect electricity demand to spike to near-record highs during this week’s heat. New England’s Independent System Operator, or ISO is asking residents to reduce their consumption.

With demand expected to be only a few hundred megawatts shy of New England’s all time record on Thursday, the region’s ISO expects to bump up against max capacity. That means wholesale prices will spike as the grid calls on many coal and oil plants that increasingly spend most of the year off-line.

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Environment
5:30 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Is N.H. Oyster Farming Poised to Surge?

Three-year old oysters grown in Little Bay by Fat Dog Shellfish Company. These oysters are ready to go to market.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Oyster farming in the Great Bay Estuary is in the midst of a little bit of a boom. In recent years, the number of oyster farms has leapt from 1 to 8, with more on the way. These gains are boosting the hopes that using these filter feeders as an “outside-the-pipes” way to clean up the waters of the Great Bay could become a reality.

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Business and Economy
3:12 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

PSNH President To Change Role; Will Focus On Northern Pass

Gary Long (L) and PSNH's Bob Bersack at the announcement of the new Northern Pass Route
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

President of Public Service of New Hampshire, Gary Long, is stepping down to focus on the contested Northern Pass Transmission Line. He will remain a prominent voice in New Hampshire energy policy.

PSNH says the decision will allow Long to turn his attention to shepherding Northern Pass through the permitting process. “Setting aside the day-to-day operations of PSNH will allow him to devote his full focus to these activities,” says company spokesman Martin Murray, adding that Long remains “absolutely committed” to the project.

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Environment
5:39 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

N.H. Groups Split $1 Million In Brownfield Grants

The site of an old Tannery in Penacook served as the backdrop for the announcement of the grant money. This site is already slated for clean-up and redevelopment. Other, similar sites will get a boost through this program
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The EPA has given the state of New Hampshire $1 million dollars to help clean up contaminated industrial sites, or brownfields. The Capitol Region Economic Development Council received $800,000 dollars for it’s a revolving loan fund that helps developers clean up brownfields. The remaining $200,000 goes to the Lakes Region Planning Commission for assessments of sites in need of clean-up.

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NH News
5:30 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Commission Starts Meetings

A commission created to study the expansion of Medicaid in New Hampshire is meeting for the first time today. Commission members will have to be asked to dispassionately weigh what has become a highly partisan issue.

The voting members of the commission include six state lawmakers – three democrats and three republicans – two representatives of the healthcare industry, and a policy expert from a conservative think tank.

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NH News
4:13 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Flooded N.H. Roads Slowly Begin To Reopen

Credit VTDarkStar / Flickr Creative Commons

Some roads damaged by floods last week and early this week have reopened, but the clean-up will continue for some time.

The havoc wreaked by flooding was concentrated along the Connecticut River Valley. Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says Rt. 12A, which runs along western edge of the state from White River Junction to Keene, remains closed in Plainfield and Alstead. As does Rt. 120 in Lebanon.

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Sports
5:42 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

N.H. Cyclist - Ted King - Out Of Tour De France

King is a 'domestique' meaning it's his job to help his team leader - Slovakian sprinting phenom Peter Sagan - win stages. But even so, riding in the Tour de France is every cyclist's dream.
Credit Roxanne King / Flickr Creative Commons

Brentwood, New Hampshire native Ted King is officially out of his first Tour de France.

After suffering a separated shoulder in the first day of the race, yesterday King missed by seven seconds the time cut-off that allows racers to continue. Now, Ted King is getting ready to head home.

    

The trouble in 30-year-old Ted King’s very first Tour de France started early.

When the pack was only about three and a half miles from the finish on the first day, a team bus got stuck on a banner over the top of the finish line of the race.

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Education
8:09 am
Wed July 3, 2013

'No Child' Waiver Will Increase Flexibility

Credit Flikr Creative Commons / Kawwsu29

  Last week New Hampshire at long last was granted a waiver from the Bush-era education reform law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The federal government first announced the waivers in 2011 because of congressional inaction to reform No Child Left Behind. New Hampshire was the 39th state to be granted one.

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