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Bar News - October 19, 2016

Section Connection: Environmental & Natural Resources Section Discusses Emerging Contaminants


Members of the NH Bar Association Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section met at the Bar Center on Sept. 21 for a program and discussion titled “Emerging Contaminants & Challenges to New Hampshire’s Water Supplies.”

They were joined by panelists John Regan and Lea Anne Atwell from the Waste Management Division of the NH Department of Environmental Services; Ross Bennett, senior engineer of Golder Associates; and John Boisvert, chief engineer of Pennichuck Water.

The speakers addressed today’s struggle with technical, regulatory, and practical challenges that arise from detections of emerging contaminants. Immediately following the meeting, all members were invited to join the panelists to watch the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association webinar about emerging contaminants known as PFAS (Polyfluoroalkyl Substances).

The next meeting of the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section was scheduled for noon Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Pierce Atwood in Portsmouth. Panelists Kevin Knuuti, technical director at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, US Army Corps of Engineers; Joseph Almeida, commercial studio manager, DeStefano Architects of Portsmouth; Nicholas Cracknell, principal planner for the City of Portsmouth, and Peter Britz, environmental planner/sustainability coordinator for the City of Portsmouth were to present “Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change on Development in Coastal New Hampshire.”

Discussions will include various sea level rise scenarios, the interpretation of those scenarios and the associated uncertainties, and how those scenarios factor into planning and design strategies. The panel will also discuss regulatory considerations and other issues related to sea level rise and storm surge elevations in relation to real estate development and municipal planning.

To RSVP, or for more information about this or the other 21 NHBA substantive law sections, please visit, or contact Sections Coordinator Deb Bridges.

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