Hadley Barndollar

Hadley Barndollar

Hadley Barndollar covers climate, energy, environment, and the opioid crisis for the New Hampshire Bulletin. Previously, she was the New England regional reporter for the USA TODAY Network and was named Reporter of the Year by the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Email: [email protected]

Trash, recycling, compost receptacle

‘Front and center’ issue: What progress has the state’s Solid Waste Working Group made? 

By: - May 25, 2023

A Department of Environmental Services official told an audience this week he expects the next few years will be a “watershed time” for solid waste work in New Hampshire. Speaking during the Northeast Resource Recovery Association’s annual conference on Tuesday, Mike Wimsatt, Waste Management Division director at DES, said his agency is on its way […]

Sign for Department of Environmental Services

By the numbers: New Hampshire hazardous waste generation in fiscal year 2022

By: - May 23, 2023

The amount of hazardous waste generated during fiscal year 2022 in New Hampshire totaled more than 11.6 million pounds, according to an annual report from the Department of Environmental Services. That amount was produced by 2,166 active hazardous waste generators in the state, ranging from very small businesses to major manufacturing facilities. “Proper management of […]

Green sunfish

Invasive species: Popular aquarium sunfish found in NH waters 

By: - May 22, 2023

The state’s Fish and Game Department has identified the presence of a popular aquarium fish in the Piscataquog River and Waukewan Lake. This year’s discovery of the non-native, invasive green sunfish comes after biologists found the species in the Little Sugar River in Charlestown last year. It’s a concern, says Fish and Game, because green […]

PCB lab testing

A forever chemical you’ve heard little about. Banned since 1979, PCBs are everywhere in NH.

By: - May 22, 2023

Liquid simmers and gurgles in the bulbous flasks sitting atop a multi-unit heating system. Drenched in fluorescent light, the complex chemistry contraption is continuously bathing clumps of soil, window caulking, concrete, paint chips, and sediment in a solvent – a steady drip to strip the samples of an insidious contaminant. Bubbling at the bottom of […]

Small whorled pogonia

A mysterious rare orchid makes its home in New Hampshire’s forests 

By: - May 15, 2023

Everybody likes something rare, whether it’s a baseball card, an old car, or a seemingly nondescript orchid.  One of the rarest orchids in North America happens to make its home among particular topography in New Hampshire, in forests of hemlock, beech, oak, and pine.  The federally threatened wildflower has a grayish green stem, and its […]

Outdoor activities a free bus ride away for Manchester residents this summer

By: - May 11, 2023

For residents of New Hampshire’s largest city, the great outdoors will be a free bus ride away this summer.  A program in its second year, “Transit to Trails” will transport people at no cost from downtown Manchester to trails, state parks, and water destinations on the first Saturday of each month, from June through October. […]

Combining five bills, energy omnibus amendment gets Senate airing 

By: - May 10, 2023

A bipartisan omnibus amendment introduced this week in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee combines five energy-related bills. In an effort to “advance both House and Senate priorities,” the amendment is co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Kevin Avard, chair of the committee, and Democratic Sen. David Watters.  While some elements received support during public testimony […]

Mobile home

Mobile home parks tackle septic, drinking water crises with federal dollars

By: - May 9, 2023

When the North Country Village Cooperative asked the state last year for help with failing drinking water and wastewater systems, the manufactured home community was placed at No. 5 on a priority list. Fifty-seven homes occupy the former 1960s three-season campground, just a few miles from the beautiful expanse of Lake Winnipesaukee in the small […]

Bats in New Hampshire

Counting NH’s bats is really important this summer. Here’s how you can help.

By: - May 8, 2023

Just as tourists converge on New Hampshire to take up seasonal residence, another mammal will make summer homes in sought-after barns, attics, and church steeples across the state. Bats spend the summertime roosting in warm, dark, quiet places, while taking flight at night to eat and drink. Wildlife biologists in the Granite State need help […]

Twin States Clean Energy Link

What we know about Twin States Clean Energy Link, a hydropower transmission proposal

By: - May 3, 2023

This story was updated at 4:18 p.m. on May 3 with additional comments from Gov. Chris Sununu.  A newly proposed 211-mile transmission project bringing Canadian hydropower through Vermont and New Hampshire – dubbed the Twin States Clean Energy Link – is currently under consideration by the U.S. Department of Energy for federal funding. The $2 […]

Rusty Blackbird tracking

A wildlife tracking program has revolutionized migration research. How NH is taking part. 

By: - May 2, 2023

American kestrel #42329 spent its winter around Masonboro Island on the southern coast of North Carolina, before starting its annual flight north on April 14.  On its way toward New Hampshire, it was tracked in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Vermont before arriving near the Granite Lake Headwaters property in Stoddard – a stopover […]

NH State Parks to host job fairs around the state on May 6

By: - May 1, 2023

New Hampshire State Parks will hold job fairs around the state on May 6 for those looking for “stress-free, summer employment in the outdoors.” Almost every park in the state will be open for prospective employees to explore, meet team members, and find out more about available positions for the upcoming summer season.   From 10 […]