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Feb 9, 2015 5:54 PM

Snow disposal rules remain in NH as Massachusetts relaxes some restrictions

From staff and wire reports

While cities and towns in Massachusetts have received the green light to dump snow into open water, there are no plans in New Hampshire at this time to do the same.

Jim Martin, of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, said anyone caught doing so would be in violation of state law.

In Massachusetts, the Department of Environmental Protection on Monday cited the challenges involved in getting rid of the historic levels of snowfall that has fallen in recent weeks. Local communities may seek permission to take emergency steps that allow disposal of snow in the ocean or other bodies of water, which is normally prohibited.

Guidelines issued by the agency require that snow only be dumped in waterways with strong enough flow to prevent ice dams from forming. Disposal of snow is also prohibited in drinking water reservoirs, saltmarshes, vegetated wetlands, certified vernal pools, shellfish beds and mudflats.

Trucks carrying snow are also prohibited from areas where they may cause shoreline damage or erosion.

In New Hampshire, anyone with questions about snow disposal can contact Eric Williams at 271-2358 or Rob Livingston at 271-3398. Both are with the Water Shed Management Bureau.


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