New Hampshire Arsenic Consortium
The primary mission of the NH Arsenic Consortium is to help the public, primarily private well users, become aware of (1) the presence and health implications of arsenic in the food and water supply, (2) the importance of testing private wells for arsenic and other common contaminants and (3) how to take the appropriate next steps to reduce their exposure to arsenic from their food and water supply.
Composed of academic and agency researchers, and representatives from health and environmental agencies, non-profit organizations and local towns, the Consortium seeks to provide the latest information to its members and the public, coordinate outreach and other intervention efforts, and prioritize tasks to have the greatest possible impact on reducing exposure to arsenic in food and drinking water and ultimately improving public health.
September 2013 Meeting
Twenty-five attendees from the USGS, NH DES, NH DHHS, U.S. EPA, local towns, the medical community, the Dartmouth SRP program and the Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Center at Dartmouth gathered at Dartmouth to set new priorities for the group and hear presentations on the latest agency and academic research and activities.
February 2011 Meeting
Stakeholders from New Hampshire's departments of Environmental Services and Health and Human Services, the National Groundwater Association, the US Geological Survey, Plymouth State University and the Holderness Conservation Commission gathered for a day-long meeting to share information about the latest research, regulations and community needs concerning arsenic as an environmental contaminant. The Consortium, which was formed in 2001, developed a list of top priorities for moving forward. The meeting in February built on the success of last February's Red River Theatre event in which stakeholders assembled to screen and celebrate the premier of the short movie In Small Doses: Arsenic that was a collaboration between the Dartmouth Superfund Program and stakeholders.
Conversation at the Consortium meeting focused on arsenic in private well water, an environmental public health issue of significant concern in New Hampshire, and arsenic in rice, an area of research in the Dartmouth program and a public health issue for young children and those who eat rice regularly as part of their daily diet.
The group agreed to continue to meet regularly and explored the idea of virtual podcast sessions in addition to face-to-face meetings, and made plans to work together to provide increased outreach and education on these issues. At the close of the meeting Bruce Stanton, the Director of the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, thanked all participants and noted the energy and enthusiasm displayed during the meeting was gratifying to all, and we are excited about enhancing our interactions to share the most up-to-date information on arsenic as it relates to environmental public health.
Research Translation Core, Dartmouth Superfund Research Program
Arsenic and Innate Immunity, Bruce Stanton, Dartmouth Superfund Research Program
Arsenic Treatment in New Hampshire Small Water Systems, Cindy Klevens, NH DES
The Role of the NH Health Officer in the Community, Louise Merchant Hannan, NH DHHS
NHDES Private Well Strategy Private Well Working Group, Paul Susca, NH DES
A Survey of Firms Providing Arsenic Treatment for Private Well Owners in New Hampshire Nancy Serrell, Director, Dartmouth Office of Outreach