Flood forecasting and contaminants in drinking water are among the issues at this week's conference on New Hampshire water and policy issues.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the Business and Industry Association are organizing the Water Resources Management Conference, which takes place this Wednesday in Manchester.
Gene Forbes, director of the Water Division at DES, says the issues on the agenda are similar to those at past conferences.
But he says a news story such as the water crisis in Flint, Michigan adds a new dimension to sessions that address issues in this state.
"Any of these are concerns that have been longstanding," Forbes says. "We have another talk to address an example of Manchester's city water infrastructure needs and how we address those . Changing regulatory requirements, and provid[ing] for a sustainable solution to those infrastructure needs in a particular community."
Forbes says the organizers hope to start a dialogue with business leaders about how to address the state's long-term water issues.