About the Legislative Breakfast
THE NHWPCA sponsors a Legislative Breakfast every other year to introduce the House and Senate to our organization and the issues facing New Hampshire communities regarding wastewater management.
This effort is headed up the members of the NHWPCA’s Legislative Committee.
The breakfast is intended to bring wastewater professionals and state legislators together to provide an informative setting for learning about wastewater and biosolids issues. NHWPCA members are encouraged to participate and invite their local Representatives and Senators.
The breakfast is free to all NH legislators.
2014 NHWPCA NH Legislative Breakfast Overview
by Shelagh Connelly – RMI
The NHWPCA in conjunction with NEWEA and NEBRA held their annual Water’s Worth It! Legislative Breakfast on Wednesday March 5, 2014 at the Holiday Inn on Main Street in Concord. This 7:00 a.m. event set a new record for legislators attending with almost 50 early birds at the table. Another 40 water quality professionals helped to round out the event with several from our many partnering co-sponsors.
The Breakfast was once again moderated by Fred McNeill, Chief Engineer for the City of Manchester’s Environmental Protection Division, who noted that “New Hampshire’s water infrastructure is aging and failing, we are working under increased regulatory requirements, and there continues to be no source of sustainable funding. The good news though is the findings of the SB 60 Legislative Commission have been published and there is a path ahead for implementing a long-term water trust.”
The event was sponsored by two legislators who have been very active on water infrastructure funding, Representative Pamela Hubbard from Rochester and Senator Martha Fuller-Clark from Portsmouth, who both served on the SB 60 Commission. John Boisvert from Manchester Water Works and the Board of the NH Water Works Association gave an overview of the Commission and its findings recommending a container fee to generate $0.4 per container which would equal $4 million annually for water infrastructure funding.
Dave Bernier of North Conway gave an infrastructure round-up with examples of needed investment on projects from around the state. With the 98 municipal wastewater systems in NH, the 700 community drinking water systems, the 636 dams and all the stormwater infrastructure, it is estimated that $2.98 billion will be needed in the next ten years. Clearly a sustainable funding mechanism is needed.
Commissioner Tom Burack of NHDES made closing remarks: “The proposals by the SB 60 commission are a great start toward advancing discussions in New Hampshire as to how the state itself can provide sustainable and predictable water infrastructure funding for our communities. In your role as legislators, when considering future proposals for water infrastructure investment, please consider:
1. State support for municipal water infrastructure helps keep local investments affordable, especially in low income communities that need help, and helps to ensure economic growth opportunities statewide.
2. State water infrastructure investment will always yield a high long-term return on investment for New Hampshire’s economy and citizens.
So, when you consider water funding issues in the future, as well as the environmental and public health benefits, please think about the long-term economic advantage that New Hampshire can realize, nationally and internationally, with the right investments in water infrastructure. In summary, Water’s Worth It! And not just because we all need an adequate supply of good clean water to maintain our own health and wellbeing, but also because good clean water makes everything else here in New Hampshire worth so much more – and that means more prosperity for everyone. Water infrastructure – it’s an essential investment for our health, our happiness and our future. Yes, Water’s Worth It!”
A question and answer discussion with professionals, legislators, and other attendees followed the presentations. This annual event is a good opportunity for NHWPCA Members to reach out to their elected officials and help them to understand why Water’s Worth It!
2013 NHWPCA NH Legislative Breakfast Overview
By Shelagh Connelly – RMI
The NHWPCA in conjunction with NEWEA and NEBRA held their annual Water’s Worth It! Legislative Breakfast on Wednesday March 6, 2013 at the Holiday Inn on Main Street in Concord. This 7:00 a.m. event was very well attended and had the best turnout for legislators since we began hosting this event seven years ago. The high attendance rate is attributed to members of NHWPCA who were diligent in reaching out to their elected officials and inviting them to this important annual event. The free breakfast didn’t hurt!
The Breakfast was moderated by Fred McNeill, Chief Engineer for the City of Manchester’s Environmental Protection Division, who noted that “New Hampshire’s water industry is faced with aging and failing infrastructure, increased regulatory requirements, and no source of sustainable funding, so we are reaching out to our legislators through this breakfast to educate them about the needs of the water industry, which is so closely tied to New Hampshire’s high quality of life.”
The event was sponsored by two legislators who are very active on water infrastructure funding, Representative Tom Buco from Conway and Senator Forrester from Meredith. David Paris, Director, Manchester Water Works and NH Water Works Association Board Member, gave a compelling overview of drinking water and its costs for municipalities. Dr. Thomas P. Ballestero, P.E. (Associate Professor and Director of UNH Stormwater Center) shared insight on the many developing alternative options for managing stormwater cost-effectively. Unfortunately Donna Hanscom from Keene could not attend to give her presentation, but Ned Beecher, Executive Director for NEBRA, filled in and did a great job.
The event closed with remarks from Vicki V. Quiram, the new Assistant Commissioner of NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). She acknowledged that NHDES has identified close to $3 billion to fund water infrastructure needs over the next decade. Dams over 100 years old, drinking water upgrades, wastewater facility improvements to comply with increasingly stringent permit limits and stormwater management systems are all in need of funds. Coming from the southwest, Ms. Quiram fully appreciates the value of clean and plentiful water and that this natural resource is vital to modern society.
A question and answer discussion with professionals, legislators and other attendees followed the presentations. This annual event is a good opportunity for NHWPCA Members to reach out to their elected officials and help them to understand why Water’s Worth It!
View the 2013 Legislative Breakfast power point presentations in PDF format. Click on the links
to view. Legislative Breakfast, Drinking Water Presentation, Stormwater Presentation,
Legislators and staff are invited to enjoy a hearty complimentary breakfast while learning about critical water issues facing the state. Increased regulatory requirements, aging/failing infrastructure, and the lack of sustainable funding negatively impacts the quality of life and budget of every community in New Hampshire.
The breakfast is sponsored by the NH Water Pollution Control Association in conjunction with a wide ranging coalition of other local non-profit water organizations (NEWEA and NEBRA).
Please join us for the 2013 annual Legislative Breakfast on March 6, 2013 at the Holiday Inn, Concord, NH at 7am.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. Contact Shelagh Connelly from Resource Management (shelagh.connelly@RMIrecycles.com) for more information.
The February 15, 2012 Legislative Breakfast was a success!
Read the press release here. Water Matters!!
The Water Matters Legislative Breakfast was February 15, 2012 at the Holiday Inn on Main Street in Concord starting at 7:00 am. Meeting minutes
November 16, 2012
2011 event details
The Legislative breakfast was sponsored by NEWEA, NHWPCA and NEBRA on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM at the Holiday Inn on Main Street in Concord, NH. The breakfast is intended to bring wastewater professionals and state legislators together to provide an informative setting for learning about wastewater and biosolids issues. The topic was “Challenges We Face Now & In The Future”. NHWPCA members are encouraged to participate and invite their local representatives and Senator. The breakfast wasbe free to all NH legislators.
The Legislative Breakfast was an excellent event with over 40 legislators in attendance. The presentations were informative and well done. Much thanks to outreach by NHWPCA members who called their legislators and invited them to come. Alwynne Hellfach reached all the legislators in Strafford and most attended!
Tours of POTWs were held around the state and had very little attendance- however, it is important to keep this offer open to our elected officials.
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NHWPCA’s First Legislative Breakfast 2007 Details