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.
The 6th NH Arsenic Consortium meeting was held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at NHDES/DHHS headquarters in Concord, NH. Along with hearing research, outreach and legislative updates, about 70 stakeholders from the water industry, local, state and federal government, research and education and private well owners discussed the basis to develop a plan for a “Road map to Reduce Arsenic Exposure in NH.”
2017 NH Arsenic Consortium Meeting Draws 80
The 2017 meeting of the NH Arsenic Consortium, held on October 13, drew 80 attendees from federal, state and local agencies, town government, academia, water industries and the private well community. Presentations on the latest arsenic research and outreach were well received and afternoon small group discussions prioritized actions to improve awareness and reduce public exposure to arsenic in water and food.
Our website, Arsenic and You, originally conceived by the Arsenic Consortium, was launched in 2017 to help people learn if they are exposed to arsenic, and provides simple steps to reduce how much arsenic they may be getting into their bodies through water, food, smoking and other sources. Access it on your phone or tablet at www.ArsenicandYou.org.
The 2016 meeting had a record number of attendees and diversity of organization represented.
The toolkit provides a step-by-step “how-to” for community organizing around private well protection
Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Interventions
This report summarizes the work completed as part of the two-year project to evaluate well testing and treatment behavior in New Hampshire and determine appropriate outreach activities to inform and educate well owners about the need to test and treat. Details of our evaluation of outreach efforts are included.
Please read our final report on the year one work we completed for a contract with NH DES with funding from the Center for Disease Control to survey private well owners and evaluate exposure and health effects for the NH population.
Message mapping is a process to predict questions likely to be asked and prepare clear and concise answers to those questions, tailored to the stakeholders’ underlying concerns. The Message Map provides consistent messages with supporting facts about arsenic in private well water in New Hampshire.
The NIEHS Superfund Research Program hosted a webinar series of four expert panel discussions that focused on the current state of knowledge and data gaps in the field of arsenic environmental health research. Topics included exposure sources and mitigation, remediation, bioavailability, contributions of advanced techniques, and susceptibility.
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 originally 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.”
2011 Meeting Presentations
Research Translation Core, Dartmouth Superfund Research Program
Arsenic and Innate Immunity, Bruce Stanton, Dartmouth Superfund Research Program
Arsenic Treatment in NH 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 Well Owners in New Hampshire, Nancy Serrell, Director, Dartmouth Office of Outreach