Household hazardous waste collection, Aug. 18 in Sunapee

A household hazardous waste collection will be held in Sunapee on Saturday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Sunapee Highway Garage, 621 Route 11. The collection will also accept unwanted medicines.

Sponsored by the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, the collection is free for residents from Claremont, Cornish, Enfield, Goshen, Hanover, Lebanon, Lempster, Lyme, Newbury, Orford, Piermont, Plainfield, Springfield, Sunapee, Unity, Washington and Wilmot.

For more information including what to bring and what not to bring and a schedule of future collections, go to:

Download/view the 2012 informational flyer (PDF 504KB): HHW Schedule 2012

Every day, people dump hazardous waste down their drains, into their trash, or onto the ground. These toxins eventually make their way into our drinking water.  Providing options for responsible hazardous waste disposal is critical to keeping our drinking water safe. – UVLSRPC, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Project


Local sites will take your old and unused drugs April 30th

Got drugs? On Saturday, April 30th New Hampshire police departments across the state, through a partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will make collections sites available for household generated medications–your expired and unused prescription drugs. Collection hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Disposal is free and anonymous.

Sunapee, Springfield, New London, Grantham and Newport are among area towns participating.

The collection in Sunapee will be held at the Safety Services Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An officer will be there to take your unwanted prescription drugs for destruction.

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New London Energy Committee Urges Dim the Lights

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The New London Energy Committee is urging area residents to dim the lights and lend support for Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27. “We urge you to join Town buildings, Colby-Sawyer College, area businesses and residents ‘in the dark!’”

Earth Hour involves local and global efforts.

Millions of Americans will turn out their lights for one hour in support of action on climate change and toward creating a cleaner, safer and more secure future. 2010 marks the third year of the event, which attracted more than 80 million participants in the U.S. last year and nearly a billion people around the world, as lights dimmed on such global icons as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sydney’s Opera House, the Great Pyramids of Gaza and New York’s Empire State Building.

On March 27, many notable U.S. landmarks — Mount Rushmore, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, Sea World in Orlando, the strip in Las Vegas, New York’s Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral, California’s Santa Monica Pier and the Space Needle in Seattle — will turn off non-essential lighting for the hour.

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Related article: WWF’s Earth Hour Returns for 2010 in Largest Call for Action on Climate Change in History (

New Lake Sunapee Watershed Project Gets Underway


Map of the Lake Sunapee Watershed

A federally funded project to create policy recommendations for local government to protect the Lake Sunapee Watershed is underway. And national and regional experts will be in Newbury, NH on Wednesday, October 28 to explain the initiative. The project’s first public meeting will be held at the Newbury Town Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Those interested in attending are asked to sign up by contacting the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, phone 603-763-2210 or email

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) earlier in the year awarded Syntectic International LLC, Antioch University New England, the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, and partners $243,000 to prepare the Lake Sunapee watershed for climate change and population growth. (See the prior news article posted on

The project partners hope to protect a vulnerable storm-water and drinking-water system and develop and distribute practical information for safeguarding communities. This  undertaking will also provide specific estimates of climate change impacts on the Lake Sunapee watershed.

“By developing a local-scale action protocol, the project team aims to maintain historic storm water risk levels for the Lake Sunapee watershed and other communities facing significant impacts from climate change and population growth,” according to a recent  press release about the project.

The meeting in Newbury on the 28th will give the participants an opportunity to learn about the new project and the challenges that result from increased storm water runoff and development patterns in the Lake Sunapee watershed. Working groups will be formed to create policy recommendations for specific infrastructure needs.

What is a Watershed? A watershed is the area of land from which all water drains into a particular lake, river, stream, wetland or ocean. Watersheds are natural areas determined by topography and the boundaries can be drawn on a map by connecting the tops of the tallest hills surrounding a body of water (see map).

Water that falls within our watershed boundary flows downhill and much of it ends up in Lake Sunapee. Watersheds can vary in size from just a few acres to hundreds of millions of acres, as every body of water – from Chalk Pond to the Mississippi River – has its own watershed. The Lake Sunapee Watershed is part of larger watershed basins, the Sugar River and the larger Connecticut River watersheds. – Sunapee Area Watershed Coalition (SAWC)

NOAA Awards $243,000 to Prepare Lake Sunapee Watershed for Climate Change/Population Growth

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded Syntectic International, LLC of Portland, Oregon; Antioch University New England of Keene, New Hampshire; and the Lake Sunapee Protective Association of Sunapee, New Hampshire, and partners $243,000 to prepare the Lake Sunapee watershed for climate change and population growth.

The project partners hope to protect a vulnerable storm-water and drinking-water system and develop and disseminate practical and transferable information for safeguarding communities, as well as provide specific and reliable estimates of climate change impacts on the Lake Sunapee watershed. By developing a local-scale action protocol, the project team aims to maintain historic storm water risk levels for the Lake Sunapee watershed and other communities facing significant impacts from climate change and population growth.

Recent experience and scientific studies are clear. Storm patterns are worsening and it is no longer prudent to delay action. We will never have perfect science; however sufficient science is available now. This project will protect the community with adequately reliable, local-scale information to support informed decisions. – Latham Stack, CEO of Syntectic.

The interdisciplinary team includes lead investigator Latham Stack, CEO of Syntectic International; Michael Simpson, Jim Gruber, and Colin Lawson of Antioch University New England; Dr. Robert Roseen of the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center; Thomas Crosslin from Climate Techniques of Portland, Oregon; and Robert Wood of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association. Internationally recognized adaptation expert Joel Smith with Stratus Consulting in Boulder, Colorado will also be a team member. Five of the eight researchers are either Antioch New England alumni or faculty.

The project, funded by the Climate Program Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will focus on the lake Sunapee watershed area. This region, like many others, is experiencing an unusual and ongoing period of extreme or record rainfalls that significantly diverge from the historical climate pattern. Previous studies by the team in New England found that, as a result of already changed rainfall patterns, portions of existing drainage systems are currently undersized.

By encouraging the participation of local stakeholders, the project will empower citizens to choose adaptation plans that are best for their towns. For example, Low Impact Development methods can minimize runoff and significantly reduce the need for more expensive drainage system upgrades.

According to Michael Simpson, director of Antioch New England’s Resource Management and Conservation master’s program, “The availability of reliable and economical solutions can make the difference between returning to historical protection levels, or continuing to expose people and assets to worsening hazards.” Simpson explained that storm water engineers and planners have always needed to cope with uncertainty and change, and the construction of water systems designed using best-available knowledge has always proceeded in parallel with the development of theory. “The past was not as certain as we like to think, and problems posed by population growth and climate change are actually not that different from previous challenges,” said Simpson.

The project will be broadly transferable, according to Stack. The team hopes to catalyze similar work nationwide, reducing further loss of life and damage from worsening storms. By demonstrating a practical protocol for action, this study will provide urgently needed decision-support to leaders seeking to maintain historical protection levels in their communities.

A Change We Can All Make is “Blowing in the Wind”

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Join in National Hanging Out Day on April 19, urges community organizer Alex Lee, Concord (NH). Lee is the the executive director of Project Laundry List.

When you think of hanging out laundry to dry, what do you picture in your head?  Maybe a woman reaching up for the line with colorful clothes while laughing children dart in and out of the orderly lines of bed linens?  It sounds nostalgic, but not many of us use a clothes line anymore, Lee points out.

Yet, air drying clothes benefits the pocketbook and the planet. It makes me feel good to line dry laundry despite the extra time it may take, a Sunapee neighbor said. Her family air dries their clothes year-round using a basement area in winter.

Using a clothesline or drying rack instead of a dryer can save the average household more than a hundred dollars every year in energy costs, according to Lee.  On average, among household appliances, only the refrigerator uses more electricity than the dryer.  Washing with cold water and air-drying can reduce your monthly electric bill up to 15 percent.

Project Laundry List wants Americans to get back to the days when using a clothesline was the best way, and the most acceptable way, to dry laundry. For more information, visit or email Project Laundry List Director Alexander Lee at