The Mount WashingtonValley and surrounding region enjoy the presence of beautiful lakes and rivers for swimming, boating, and fishing. But as the population and visitors to the area continue to increase, what regulations are in place to ensure the quality of our waterways are protected? Jay Aube, NH DES, will provide an overview of the rules and regulations protecting New Hampshire’s water bodies, including limits on impervious surfaces, vegetative buffer minimums, and construction permitting. Join Tin Mountain for its monthly EcoForum on Thursday, January 12 at noon to learn more.

Jay Aube, Shoreland Program Outreach Coordinator, of the NH Department of Environmental Services Wetlands Bureau, has helped implement the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act (SWQPA) formally the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act (CSPA) for nearly four years.  He is a former environmental consultant and middle-high school science teacher with a strong background in environmental biology and chemistry.

 The NH legislature enacted significant amendments to the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act (CSPA), now named the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act (SWQPA) that became effective July 1, 2011.  This presentation will provide an overview of these significant changes, the specifics of the shoreland impact permitting process and will highlight the importance of better managing storm water adjacent to our precious public water bodies.

The Eco-Forum lunchtime lecture series is sponsored by The Flatbread Company ofNorth Conway, the Rock House Mountain Baker, and Frontside Grind Coffee and Espresso. It is presented atnoonon the second Thursday of each month at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany. The public is urged to attend to learn more about salient issues facing our natural environment and to hear the views of thought-provoking speakers.