Flood Resiliency & Community Action Workshops, June 14 & 28th, 2017

Thank you for joining us to explore how towns can have stronger road ways and healthier streams through advanced planning and proactive restorations that have economic and ecological benefits.

The purpose of this series of hands-on workshops is to provide local residents with the necessary data, skills and tools to pro-actively address current and future infrastructure vulnerability. One of the primary goals is to support road agents, town decision makers, planning professionals and stakeholders to move projects from conceptual ideas to completed restorations. We hope your participation enables your communities to learn more about flood resiliency, the current condition of stream crossings in your community, as well as instream restoration techniques that improve wild brook trout habitat and preserve the high quality waters of the Warner River watershed. Below is a tentative outline of each workshop. If additional time is needed, a third workshop will be added or an additional meeting at the community level will be scheduled.

We extend special thanks to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation whose generous grant funds made these workshops possible.

For more information, please see our Workshop Flyer here, and our press release here. To register, please email Chris Connors at concordtu@yahoo.com with “Flood Workshops” in the subject line.


Workshop I: June 14th, 2017, 4-6:30pm
Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main St., Warner, NH

This workshop will provide an introduction to basic stream and river functions, as well as an evaluation of your community’s results within the 2017 Warner River Watershed Stream Crossing Assessment Report (WRWSCAR).

We will introduce topics relating to infrastructure vulnerability, Stormwater Management, Geomorphic Compatibility, Hydraulic Vulnerability and Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP). Presenters will relate these concepts to each town’s current infrastructure inventory and the vulnerability results from the WRWSCAR by reviewing specific results from your community.  An example of a recent crossing replacement project will also be presented. A breakout session will focus on evaluating vulnerable town sites, and how to prioritize potential replacement projects based on both structure vulnerability and impact to the ecosystem.

Agenda: Agenda Flood Resiliency Workshop I_6_14_2017


Colin Lawson, New England Project Coordinator, Trout Unlimited
An Introduction to Basic Stream/River Functions and Infrastructure Vulnerability

To Restore or not to restore? That is the McQuesten.
Michele L. Tremblay, President, Board of Directors, NH Rivers Council
Stephen C. Landry, Supervisor, Watershed Assistance Section, NH Department of Environmental Services
The Rivers Council’s Webpage about the McQuesten Brook Project
McQuesten Brook Geomorphic Assessment and Watershed Restoration Plan
McQuesten by the Numbers – an evolving, two-page fact sheet.

Ben Nugent, NH Fish & Game Department, Project Lead Inland Fisheries Biologist
Interpreting the Results of the Stream Crossing Assessments

The Warner River Watershed Conservation Project Brochure
NH Stream Crossing Assessment Program Brochure

Warner River Stream Crossing Assessment Summary Report

Map of Bradford Stream Crossing Assessment Results
Map of Newbury Stream Crossing Assessment Results
Map of New London Stream Crossing Assessment Results
Map of Salisbury Stream Crossing Assessment Results
Map of Sutton Stream Crossing Assessment Results
Map of Warner HUC10 Stream Crossing Assessment Results
Map of Warner Stream Crossing Assessment Results
Map of Webster Stream Crossing Assessment Results

Spreadsheets corresponding to the data shown in maps above:
Watershed Crossing Summary that can be sorted by town (Excel)
Watershed Crossing Summary that can be sorted by town (Word)
Watershed Crossing Summary that sorted by town (pdf)

Aquatic Organism Passage
Geomorphic Compatibility
Hydraulic Vulnerability & Flood Resiliency

Workshop Team & Speaker Contact Information

Workshop 2: June 28th, 2017, 4-6:30pm trio_wrkshp2
Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main St., Warner, NH
This workshop will outline the concept of Flood Resiliency and Stream Restoration Techniques, Project Financing (available grants and mitigation programs), and Project Implementation – from developing engineering designs to construction implementation.

We will focus on reviewing various restoration alternatives and ideas to proactively address floodwater issues within your town. Participants will learn how to find additional funding and technical support that may be available from collaborating partners. Presenters will describe current restoration projects to outline the economic benefits associated with collaborative partnerships.

Agenda: Agenda Flood Resiliency Workshop II_6_28 2017

Presentations & Handouts:

Colin Lawson, Trout Unlimited New England Culvert Project Manager, outline the concept of increasing a community’s Flood Resiliency and successful Stream Restoration Techniques & Strategies.
Presentation (coming soon!)

Mike Tardiff, Executive Director, and Sam Durfee, Regional Planner, the role of Central NH Regional Planning Commission as a technical resource and town collaborator.

Whitney Welch, NH Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as a resource and collaborator.
NHDOS HSEM_Presentation
NHDOS HSEM Handout 2017

Lori Sommer: NH Department of Environmental Service’s Aquatic Mitigation Fund as a potential resource for funding restoration efforts.
NHDES ARM Fund Handout
Beyond the Beaver Dam, the Success of the Aquatic Mitigation Fund

Jamie Masterson, US Fish and Wildlife Service as a resource and collaborator.
USFW Handout

Brian Hotz, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests as a resource and collaborator and additional funding resources available for these projects.
Presentation (coming soon!)
Wild for the Trout near Mt. Kearsarge, Forest Society Adds 233 Acres to Black Mountain Forest in Sutton
Winter 2016-17 Forest News Article: Wild for Trout (p30)
The Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership
The Q2C Fact Sheet
The Q2C Focus Map

USDA NRCS Program Handouts
USDA_NRCSPrograms Handout

Other Handouts:
WRWCP – TUNECP Grant Sources

We thank you for attending, hope you found these workshops helpful for your community, and look forward to assisting you in future restoration projects!