Mt. Washington State Park
2011: Mt. Washington wastewater plant analysis. " Data were available from November 2009 through October 2010. As shown in Table 27, the plant had 41 permit violations based on effluent quality, 24 of which were because the plant exceeded the nitrate limit of 10 mg/L. Water quality violations were highest in August 2010 with 11 violations, while September and October had the second highest number of violations, with 7 each."
2017: Letter to Coos Commissioners re Cog Snow-Cat road. "The Company's property is in the Steep Slopes and High Elevations Protected Overlay District. (Section 4.03F.) In the Steep Slopes District, land use and alteration opportunities are quite limited in order to further the purpose of the District, which is to regulate certain land use activities in mountain areas in order to preserve the natural equilibrium of vegetation, geology, slope, soil and climate in order to reduce danger to public health and safety proposed by unstable mountain areas, to protect water quality and to preserve mountain areas for their scenic values and recreational opportunities." (Section 4.03F.l.)"
2018: Mt. Washington sewer interceptor feasibility study. "Underwood Engineers recommends against constructing the proposed sewer interceptor pipeline on the basis of high capital cost. We recommend that wastewater treatment and disposal is maintained at the current location.”
2021, Fall: Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program report on Mt. Washington Commission. "Our team highly recommends engaging a facilitator, and we do so for several reasons. First, our other recommendations are more easily, and likely better, implemented with the aid of a facilitator. A facilitator’s expertise will be helpful as the Commission tackles the process and relational barriers to master planning. Second, a facilitator, or third-party neutral without a stake in the outcome, could bring a disinterested perspective, and therefore a sense of legitimacy, to master planning meetings."
March 23, 2022: From: Stanwood, Sabrina To: Nichols, William; Tango-Lowy, Torene Cc: Hackley, Patrick; Stewart, Sarah Subject: RE: NHB report for Mt Washington Cog proposal; "Bill and Pete, Thank you for your hard work and moving so quickly to get the tons of information to create and refine the document lists that you sent to Torene for the Mt. Washington Master plan update. I appreciate your efforts! Thank you, Sabrina"
August 2022, inventory review, buildings. Sherman Adams building: "comments: EXTERIOR THOUROUGH SEAL IN POOR CONDITION. VENTILATION IN FOOD SERVICE KITCHEN STILL INADEQUATE AFTER MODIFICATIONS. REPAIRED/MODIFIED VIEWING WINDOWS ARE BEGINNING TO FOG. EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS OF MT. WASHINGTON SUMMIT REQUIRE AN AGGRESSIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM." Tip-Top House: "Comments: OLDEST BLDG ON SUMMIT BUILT IN 1853. REBUILT AND FURNISHED IN 19TH CENTURY STYLE COMPLETED IN 1988. VERY GOOD CONDITION"
September 21, 2022: *VIDEO* Coos County Planning Board meeting with Earl Duval and Wayne Presby re conceptual plans for "Lizzie's," and Les Otten (The Balsams is permitted (a 2016 ruling) to withdraw 15,000 gallons a minute from the Androscoggin River for snowmaking = 21,600,000 gallons a day.)
October 6, 2022, Final Rare Plant Survey: "NHB’s finding identified that the proposed Lizzie’s Station would eliminate approximately 35,500 ft2 of intact alpine tundra. This excludes the existing railroad line and the associated disturbed areas on the east side of the tracks. The following findings are based on NHB’s inventory and observations. State conservation ranks [S1-S5] indicate the relatively rarity of both species and natural communities. S1 indicates the rarest or most imperiled species and communities, while S5 are the most common and secure: Natural Communities Observed The alpine tundra system within the survey area was a mix of two different natural communities, sedge – rush – heath meadow (S1) and felsenmeer barren (S2).
"It's important", Bryce said, "for natural resource professionals not to project their own value systems and feelings of being overwhelmed by overcrowded conditions. Research indicates that many visitors are not bothered by crowds as long as there are sufficient bathrooms that [are] clean and well-maintained."
Other relevant reports:
'Several Interesting Lichens and Bryophytes from Mount Washington, New Hampshire' Mark Rahill Evansia 35 (3), 96-99, (1 October 2018) 'The presence on Mount Washington of the rare species Cladonia macrophylla and C. trassii are validated. In addition, several other rare arctic-alpine lichens and bryophytes are reported and/or discussed."