Draft EPA wastewater permit impacts 12 communities around Great Bay
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The city manager says there will be a careful review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s draft permit for wastewater treatment plants discharging into Great Bay Estuary.
On Tuesday, the EPA released its draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. Dover is one of 12 New Hampshire communities which would take steps to reduce nitrogen discharges to Great Bay under proposed plans.
The estuary has for years experienced water quality problems such as low dissolved oxygen, algae blooms and a declining eelgrass habitat. These result in excessive nitrogen discharges, according to EPA officials.