The New Hampshire Setting SAIL project seeks to support state and municipal implementation of the Coastal Risk and Hazard Commission (CRHC) report, Preparing New Hampshire for Projected Storm Surge, Sea-Level Rise, and Extreme Precipitation, through outreach and technical assistance.
Project Partners: NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), NH Coastal Program (NHCP), NH Fish & Game (NHFG), Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR), Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC), Strafford Regional Planning Commission (SRPC), UNH Cooperative Extension (UNH-CE), NH Sea Grant (NHSG), and NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (CAW).
Project Period: October 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018
Funding: NOAA FY16 Project of Special Merit
Learn more about the different project components and find associated materials below.
Project partners will conduct outreach to New Hampshire’s 17 coastal zone municipalities and select state agencies to relay CRHC recommendations and assess municipal and state priorities and readiness to take action.
kick off municipal workshops
Project partners hosted two region-specific workshops focused on strategies to address coastal flooding in the Great Bay and Atlantic Coast municipalities.
Great Bay Workshop – Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5:30-8:00pm | Newmarket Town Hall, 186 Main Street, Newmarket, NH
Outreach to municipal boards & Commissions
Conservation Commissions – Project staff from UNH-CE, NHSG, and GBNERR will convene meetings with Conservation Commissions in each of the ten Great Bay municipalities.
Completed meetings include:
- Coastal Roundtable (04/10/17)
- Greenland (04/12/17)
- Newfields (04/17/17)
- Stratham (04/26/17)
- Rollinsford (05/18/17)
- Madbury (05/22/17)
- Newmarket (06/08/17)
- Dover (06/12/17)
- Exeter (06/13/17)
- Newington (07/13/17)
- Durham (09/14/17)
Other Boards & Commissions
Project staff from NHDES, NHCP, RPC, and SRPC will conduct additional follow-on engagement meetings with Town/City councils, select boards, planning boards, zoning boards, etc. in the ten Great Bay municipalities. Additional outreach to the seven Atlantic Coast communities will be conducted upon request.
Outreach to state agencies
Project staff from NHDES and NHCP will present a summary of the CRHC final report and recommendations to select target state agencies including, but not limited to, the: NHDES, NHFG, Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED), Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Department of Cultural Resources (DCR), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), Department of Transportation (NHDOT), and Office of Energy and Planning (OEP).
Scheduled meetings include:
- DAS Senior Leadership (06/27/16)
- NHDES/ACEC-NH Joint Meeting (10/28/16)
- NHDOT Senior Leadership (11/03/16)
- NHDES Watershed Management (11/18/16)
- State Environmental Resilience Group (01/31/17)
- State Commissioners Group (03/22/17)
- NHDES Senior Leadership (03/27/17)
Additional outreach to state agencies will be conducted upon request.
Project partners will provide customized technical assistance to New Hampshire’s ten Great Bay municipalities to prioritize and implement CRHC recommendations that meet their unique needs, including the development of a Climate Adaptation Master Plan Chapter for the City of Dover, NH.
City of Dover Climate Adaptation master plan chapter
Project staff from SRPC, UNH-CE, and NHSG will work with the City of Dover, NH to develop a Climate Adaptation chapter of the City’s Master Plan. The Climate Adaptation chapter will review potential impacts on public and private assets and infrastructure from future climate changes. Adaptation strategies and recommendations will be developed to protect vulnerable areas and key infrastructure and resources that may be prone to flooding and sea level rise.
Steering committee meeting information is available through the City of Dover Planning Board’s online public meeting archive.
Municipal technical assistance grants
Project partners will provide approximately $6,000 in customized technical assistance to nine of the ten Great Bay municipalities to support municipal implementation of the CRHC report and recommendations. Examples of eligible projects include: zoning/building code amendments; site plan/subdivision regulation amendments; coastal hazards and adaptation master plan chapters; natural resource/conservation planning; municipal policy development, community outreach, and grant writing.
Madbury Prepares for Extreme Weather Workshop – September 27, 2017
Project staff from NHDES and NHCP will provide capacity for select state agencies to coordinate audits of existing state statutes, rules, and policies as required by Chaptered Law 195 / SB 452. NHCP and NHFG staff will also complete spatial inventories of vulnerable NHDES and NHFG assets.
Sb 452 coordination & IMPLEMENTATION (nHdes, nhdot, dred, nhfg)
Project staff from NHDES and NHCP will develop a template approach for NHDES, NHDOT, DRED, and NHFG to implement Chaptered Law 195 / SB 452. The law requires NHDES, NHDOT, DRED, and NHFG conduct audits of their respective statutes, rules, and agency policies governing state properties, projects, and actions in the coastal and Great Bay regions and determine any changes necessary to enable authorities to take appropriate actions to prepare for projected storm surge, sea-level rise, and extreme precipitation. Project staff from NHDES and NHCP will also complete NHDES’ audit and will coordinate submission of interim and final reports to the Legislature on behalf of NHDES, NHDOT, DRED, and NHFG.
spatial inventory of vulnerable state assets (nhdes, nhfg)
Project staff from NHCP and NHFG will develop a methodology and complete a spatial inventory of NHDES and NHFG assets located in the coastal zone that are potentially vulnerable to sea-level rise and storm surge flooding. Results will help NHDES and NHFG prioritize internal adaptation efforts and inform other agencies interested in completing a similar analysis for their respective assets.
For more information about Setting SAIL, contact:
Nathalie Morison, NH Coastal Program
E-mail | (603) 559-0029
The New Hampshire Setting SAIL project is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) Enhancement Program Projects of Special Merit for FY 2016, authorized under Section 309 of the CZMA (16 U.S.C. § 1456b).