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4:43 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

N.H. Fishery Receives Disaster Declaration

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New Hampshire fishermen facing cuts and closures imposed on them because of declining fish populations say regulators are putting them out of business. Thursday those fishermen learned that they might get some financial relief. The federal government has declared a disaster in the New England Ground-fish fishery.

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Environment
3:25 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

USDA: NH is Most Forested State in the Union

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A study from the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service shows that New Hampshire is the most forested of the 48 contiguous states. According to the USDA study 88.9 percent of New Hampshire is covered by trees, beating out neighboring states Maine at 83.1 percent and Vermont at 81.5

The study’s lead author David Nowak says evaluators looked over 80,000 points dropped randomly onto satellite photos from around 2005 to complete the study.

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Fewer Forest Fires Mean Fewer Habitats

Firefighter cadets with spray packs ensure that a small prescribed burn at the Concord airport doesn't get out of hand.
Sam Evans-Brown

Wildfires out West and in New Hampshire have been making headlines this spring and summer. Wildfires have burned 177 acres in the Granite State this year, damaging twelve buildings and injuring three people.

But when there aren’t any fires it can also lead to problems. Now some organizations have to set fires on purpose, to preserve a vanishing habitat.

If you want to get an idea what some parts of New Hampshire used to look like, you’ve got to find a spot where people don’t live. Like, alongside an airport runway.

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Environment
1:51 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Milfoil Infiltrates Two More New Hampshire Lakes

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The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has found two more lakes in New Hampshire that have been infested with milfoil, an invasive aquatic plant. DES announced  that Otter Pond in Greenfield and Naticook Lake in Merrimack both have well-established milfoil infestations.

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Environment
5:43 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Making Carpentry Noble: Walpole Builders Team With French Guild

The apprentice compagnon with the completed cabin.
David Donohue

This week a home-building company in Walpole New Hampshire is playing host to 21 carpentry French apprentices, who in two days are building a replica of Thoreau’s Walden Pond Cabin. The exchange program hopes to do more than teach kids how to swing a hammer; It's just one way these builders are working to blend the old and the new.

Just north of Keene, Walpole New Hampshire is a quiet, unassuming spot. Though, quiet can be a relative term when the hammers and saws at Bensonwood Homes get going.

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Environment
5:44 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

NOAA: Last Six Months Hottest on Record in NH

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association released temperature data for the past six months on Monday. Reports that NOAA’s data shows this to be hottest first half of the year yet in the Granite state.

New Hampshire wasn’t the only state to break records: all told twenty-eight states had their hottest first six months on record, and for another 15 states the temperatures ranked in the all-time top-ten.

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Environment
5:36 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

White Nose Syndrome Found in Rockingham County for the First Time

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Officials with New Hampshire Fish and Game have confirmed that bats infected with White Nose Syndrome have been detected in Rockingham County for the first time.

White nose was first detected on bats in Rockingham in 2010, but this March was the first time bats were visibly infected with the fungus. Fish and Game biologist Emily Brunkhurst says the disease has devastated bat populations in the Northeast.

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Environment
4:49 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

What's in Your Water? High Arsenic in 1 in 5 NH Wells.

Wells in New Hampshire can contain any number of colorless, odorless chemicals. The three most common in descending order are Arsenic, Manganese and Radon.
Sam Evans-Brown

About 40 percent of New Hampshire residents get their drinking water from private wells. The Department of Environmental Services is encouraging well owners to test their water for arsenic, but unlike municipal water supplies, testing isn’t mandatory. And colorless, odorless contaminants abound in the Granite State.

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Environment
10:36 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Efforts to Restore Oyster Beds Could be a Stopgap Measure for Great Bay

Three-year-old oysters that were killed by one of two invasive European diseases
Sam Evans-Brown

 

The Nature Conservancy and the University of New Hampshire are working to restore oyster beds in the Great Bay. The organization hopes its efforts can help stave off an ecosystem collapse while towns in the watershed work toward upgrading their wastewater plants. 

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Environment
5:32 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

PSNH Teams With CDFA to Ramp Up Energy Efficiency Programs

A blower door test is one of the first steps for homeowners hoping to reduce their energy bills.
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Two New Hampshire Energy efficiency programs are teaming up to try to weatherize more New Hampshire homes. The Community Development Finance Authority is combining its weatherization program with Public Service of New Hampshire’s.

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Environment
1:55 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

DES Moving Towards New Superfund Site in Farmington

The Department of Environmental Services is working to have  a former auto-parts factory and landfill in Farmington declared a Superfund site. DES officials are confident the site will be accepted into the federal program.

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Environment
5:30 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Great Bay Communities and EPA Square Off In Exeter

Sam Evans-Brown

 

Representatives of five New Hampshire towns say the Environmental Protection Agency is imposing wastewater limits on the Great Bay that are a financial burden. They made their case to two members of the Congressional Committee on Oversight at a field hearing held in Exeter Monday. While towns and regulators haggle over the cost of improving waste water treatment, time may be running out for the Great Bay estuary.

A Contentious Issue

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Energy Efficiency Programs Hang in the Political Balance

RGGI seeks to curb CO2 emissions from power plants.
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Republican are working at finding common language on a bill that would weaken or repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. They will have to agree on a version that will get enough votes to overcome a governor’s veto.

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Environment
1:18 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Expanded Renewable Energy Rules Pass NH House

Biomass could get a boost if the new renewable rules pass
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The New Hampshire House has passed a new version of the rules that govern what counts as renewable energy. The bill would expand the definition of renewable to include thermal energy.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Federal Grants Help Farmers Produce Fresh Greens in Winter

Reed and Hank Letarte take row covers off the winter greens in their "cold house"
Sam Evans-Brown

 

The cold, dark New Hampshire winter is tough on vegetables, and vegetable growers. Farmers race the frost in the fall and chomp at the bit in the spring waiting for snow to melt. But  a federal grant program has been changing the way that some Yankee farmers grow food.

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