EBC Paul G. Keough Award for Government Leadership

Award Project: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services – Emergency Drought Assistance Team

Award Recipients:

  • New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  • New Hampshire Water Well Board

The Paul G. Keough Award for Government Leadership is awarded to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Emergency Drought Assistance Team for providing emergency relief for New Hampshire’s most vulnerable citizens during the Extreme Drought of 2020. The team created, secured funding for, advertised, and began administering the Emergency Drought Assistance Program for Low-Income Residential Well Owners within two weeks of the Governor’s announcement of the program. The multidisciplinary team included NH Department of Environmental Services geologists, engineers, environmental scientists, drinking water specialists, accountants, and public information specialists, and systems analysts and programmers from the NH Department of Information Technology. The program represents the first substantive assistance to residential private well owners in a state where almost 48% of citizens rely on well for drinking and household water. The program assists these families in achieving resiliency from future droughts with minimal impact on overall groundwater resources in New Hampshire.