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- Brentwood Conservation Commission
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Phyllis Thompson (Selectmen's representative)
Second Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm in the Town Office
603 642 6400 ext. 110
The Brentwood Conservation Commission was formed in 1967 assist in protecting the natural resources of the town. The Commission advises and makes recommendations for the protection, development, and utilization of the local natural resources and open space. The Conservation Commission serves as an advisory board to the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) as well as the NH Department of Environmental Services Wetlands Bureau (NH DES).
Conservation Commissions have two broad responsibilities. The first is to evaluate and make recommendations to the NH DES on permit applications to do work in or near wetlands in town. The second is to make recommendations to the Planning Board or ZBA on matters pertaining to wetlands or water-related zoning overlay districts and site plan reviews.
The Conservation Commission also works with landowners in town to encourage and facilitate the preservation of open space through the acquisition of conservation easements. The Town holds more than 20 conservation easements covering over 680 acres; other agencies including the Southeast Land Trust of NH, the Rockingham County Conservation District and the Society for Protection of NH Forests hold additional easements in town. Approximately 18% of the Town has been protected from further development through these easements and other conservation restrictions. The Commission is also responsible for the oversight, annual monitoring, and enforcement of those conservation easements held by the Town.
In 2009, the Great Bay was declared impaired for too much nitrogen under the Federal Clean Water Act. The communities in the watershed, including Brentwood, are responsible for getting the water quality in Great Bay back up to acceptable standards. To help address this issue, the Conservation Commission has launched Soak Up the Rain Brentwood. Soak Up the Rain is a voluntary program with the goal of protecting and restoring clean water in the Exeter River and ultimately the Great Bay estuary. The program is designed to help homeowners reduce the stormwater runoff that carries pollutants into our local streams and rivers. Polluted stormwater is a primary cause of the water pollution problems in New Hampshire.