National Drought Mitigation Center

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Drought harmed water quality in New Hampshire
5/18/2017 6:24:08 PM

Tourism & Recreation
Water Supply & Quality
New Hampshire
Merrimack County, NH
Sullivan County, NH

Start Date: 7/1/2016 - End Date: 8/31/2016
Drought allowed levels of E. coli to rise to unusually high concentrations at Sunapee State Park and other water bodies in New Hampshire, stated Kirsten Nelson, a biologist with the Watershed Management Bureau. A recently released report rated Sunapee State Park Beach with a negative grade for 2016, due to high levels of E. coli in its water. According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, just 52 percent of the samples taken in 2016 were acceptable, and “data periodically exceeded water quality standards or thresholds for this parameter by a large margin.” Eagle Times (Claremont, N.H.), May 17, 2017