MEREDITH — The Belknap County Conservation District will host a free community workshop on Wednesday focused on reducing flood risk and enhancing habitat in area streams.
The workshop will offer information, skills and tools to address vulnerability to flooding, and outline the financial and environmental benefits of developing aquatic habitat, according to organizers.
“Our goal is to inform the community, landowners, road agents, town decision makers, and other interested stakeholders about successful steps to move projects from conceptual ideas to completed restoration projects,” said BCCD Program Coordinator Lisa Morin. “Towns are dealing with flooding issues, culvert replacement, sediment concerns and protecting aquatic habitat. There are resources available to help communities and landowners.”
The workshop is being offered in partnership with Trout Unlimited and New Hampshire Fish & Game through a grant from the NH Charitable Foundation and assistance from the Natural Resource Conservation Services.
It will be held at the Meredith Community Center, 1 Circle Drive at 6:30 p.m. A second Stream Workshop will be held on Feb. 6 and discussion will focus on streams flowing into Lake Winnisquam in the Sanbornton and Tilton area. That session will be held at the Franklin Savings Bank Community Learning Center, 61 Laconia Road, Suite 2, Tilton, at 6:30 p.m. The snow date for both workshops is Feb. 13 at the Meredith Community Center.
The mission of the BCCD is to help landowners and municipalities conserve the county’s natural resources. It facilitates access to technical and financial resources to enable conservation action, and provide information and training.
A Conservation District was established in Belknap County in 1946 by state statute to serve as a non-regulatory implementer of conservation measures and to help leverage federal, state and local funding to assist maintainence of the region’s natural resources.
The BCCD in close coordination with the USDA National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and private sector professionals undertake projects and offer natural resource-based training programs.
Conservation Districts were established across the country in the response to the causes and effects of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s that destroyed 35 million acres of formerly cultivated land. The districts serve as a pathway for agricultural producers to access federal, state, and local funding and technical expertise.
Sign up for the Steam Restoration Workshop in Meredith at www.eventbrite.com/e/community-steam-workshop-meredith-tickets-54412479190 or by calling 527-5880.