Small New Hampshire Coastal Community Takes Big Steps Forward: Newfields Creates Action Plan

April 28, 2013

By Chris Keeley

The town of Newfields has recently done some very exciting work for climate preparedness. Since spring 2012, partners from CAW with funding from the New Hampshire Coastal Program have been helping Newfields to create an action plan to prepare for the effects of extreme weather.


Newfields, New Hampshire, residents developed an action plan to prepare for impacts of extreme weather on people, infrastructure, and natural resources.

This action plan has focused on two key areas of adaptation: emergency preparedness and stormwater management. A few major accomplishments include a discount generator purchase program for Newfields residents led by the Newfields Chief of Police, and residents are already signing up.

The planning board has also utilized a model stormwater regulation, originally prepared for the Southeast Watershed Alliance by the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Stormwater Center and  the Rockingham Planning Commission, and has revised it to fit the local site plan and review regulations.

To view the entire action plan go to:

For more information on the Newfields project, please contact UNH Cooperative Extension staff Amanda Stone and Chris Keeley at or or 603-862-6707.



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