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Welcome to Your Estuaries Partnership

The mission of Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) is to protect and improve the water quality and overall health of the region’s two estuaries – Great Bay & Hampton-Seabrook. We monitor and research the region’s water ways, encourage all who live, work and play on the Seacoast to take actions to help protect and preserve the places we love, support development patterns that protect water quality, maintain open spaces and important habitat, and restore estuarine resources. Read more.

To explore PREP’s newest report the 2015 Piscataqua Region Environmental Planning Assessment (PREPA)  Click here.

Science & Research

PREP’s core work includes our science, research and monitoring programs. We fund and coordinate scientific research projects and long-term monitoring to answer questions about the health of the estuaries and how they are changing over time. Our triennial  State of Our Estuaries reports explain the status and trends of environmental conditions in the estuaries. PREP also maintains an extensive Publications Library of research reports.  Read More

Get Involved

As the Community for Clean Water, PREP works to unite and encourage you, your friends and family to take simple steps to reduce water pollution caused by our every day actions. The power to make a difference lies in every one of us changing small behaviors so that all of us can continue to enjoy this fantastic place we call home. Read More

Partnerships & Initiatives

PREP is what it is because of strong partnerships and collaborations, the work of protecting and preserving our estuaries could not be successful without the tireless efforts and cooperation from many. A primary initiative of PREP is to conserve natural areas and restore ecosystems that support estuarine health. PREP ‘s guiding document is the Piscataqua Region 2010 Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan which contains 82 action plans that provide a roadmap to protecting and restoring the Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries.  Read More

Featured Stories

  • January 2016 Clean Water Community Calendar
    January 2016 Clean Water Community Calendar
    As the Community for Clean Water, one of PREP’s goals is to keep you informed on the latest outings, conferences, workshops and FUN happening around our watershed so that you, your family, friends & neighbors can get involved! Below is our run-down for January. Volunteer & Citizen Science Opportunities Region Wide! The Stewardship Network Online Hub Connect Here Looking for Coastal...
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  • Clean Water Champion: Kimberly Reed
    Clean Water Champion: Kimberly Reed
    PREP’s Clean Water Champion is a monthly feature that profiles people and partners working to make a difference around our watershed.  This month we’re proud to feature a local clean water and climate champion, Kimberly Reed. Kimberly is the Town Planning and Zoning Administrator as well as the Floodplain Manager in Rye. Kimberly is a Seacoast Native growing up on the shores...
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  • Feature: Two Conservation Projects Finalized in December
    Feature: Two Conservation Projects Finalized in December
    It was a great end to 2015 for the watershed and the towns of Epping and Middleton, NH. Over 340 acres combined were permanently conserved with the closing on the Burley Farm and Speltz Property projects. Burley Farm, Epping, NH: 197 acres. The farm off of North River Road in Epping was once an active apple orchard and before that a dairy that sold...
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PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.